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Gulf Coast DOMs develop Disaster Relief network


GULFPORT, Miss. (BP) — Directors of missions from associations in four states that border the Gulf Coast met June 29 in Gulfport, Miss., to discuss how they could help each other in the aftermath of a hurricane or other disaster.

The result of the five-hour dialogue at the offices of Gulf Coast Baptist Association in Gulfport, Miss., was an agreement to organize a “Southern Gulf Coast DOM group” that would provide “staff-to-staff support” after a disaster.

The official name of the DOM network, membership parameters, and various financial and organizational matters will be developed in further meetings, said C. Alan Woodward, director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board’s pastor/leadership development department, who facilitated the discussions.

Building relationships was one reason for pulling the group together, said Steve Mooneyham, director of missions for the Gulf Coast association. While each of the 20 people at the meeting knew at least one other person present, no one knew everyone in the group, which included DOMs from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, as well as associate DOMs and disaster relief directors.

Jimmy Holcomb of Mississippi’s George-Greene Baptist Association said putting a DOM group together has the possibility of working on other levels in addition to disaster relief.

“This puts us at the front of the learning curve for associations helping each other in times of crises,” said Bob Greene of Florida’s Pensacola Baptist Association. “We could go elsewhere, not just in the southern Gulf Coast states.”