Detroit 2016

Detroit and its surrounding cities experienced a devastating flood in August, 2014.  More than 100,000 homes were flooded.  In fact, more homes were flooded in Detroit than were flooded in Katrina.  But you never heard about the disaster.

The Greater Detroit area contains over 4 million people with only about 7% of that population attending any evangelical church.  This area has one of the largest concentrations of Muslims in America. One of the best ways to begin a conversation about Jesus is to begin with unconditional love and one way to show that love is through Disaster Relief.

To assist the Detroit metro area, the North American Mission Board’s Disaster Relief team, in partnership with the Michigan Baptist Convention, will be working to bring help, healing and hope to residents affected by the storm.

Playing Our Part

The CYL Team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention is working as a hub to help mobilize churches and campus ministries.  We will have groups departing from South Arkansas, Central Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas.  Contact the appropriate individual below to find out departure/transportation details for your region.

Contact for South Arkansas:

Mike Sandusky: Campus Minister @ SAU

Contact for Central Arkansas:

Michael Clayton: Campus Minster @ COTO & NPC

Contact for NW Arkansas:

Chris Kohlman: CYL Team and Campus Minister @ NWACC


Registration Deadline is March 4th.

Cost is varies by region due to church/BCM subsidies and transportation differences.  This includes all meals, ministry materials, & transportation. Contact the representative for your region above for cost. (Average is $250-300)


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Mission and Impact 

Last fall volunteers cleared debris from more than 600 homes and left behind doors that are open to Southern Baptists and spiritual conversations. Community leaders and residents are expressing deep gratitude that Southern Baptists are returning to assist residents with repairs.

Ministry Opportunities 

There are opportunities for church groups, collegiate groups, youth groups and individuals to serve in Michigan. Church planters and MI Baptist leadership are embracing SBDR Long term recovery efforts into their ministries.

Things You May Do 

  • Mud-out
  • Construction
    • Carpentry
    • Roofing
    • Drywall installation and finishing
    • Flooring Installation– laminate, wood and tile
    • Painting
  • Survivor Care visitation assisting church planters and local pastors with followup
  • Feeding
  • Office support
  • Base Camp / Warehouse assistance