JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Two Florida Baptist volunteers, Sarah Jo Trimble of Pensacola and Marvin Corbin of Sparr, were recognized for their contributions to disaster relief ministry during the annual Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Round Table, Aug. 12-15 at Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center in Colorado.
Trimble, a member of Olive Baptist Church, received the Joel Phillips Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes SBDR volunteers who have given three or more years of dedicated service in the ministry of disaster relief. Trimble serves as a Volunteer State Feeding Ministry Coordinator in Florida, as well as assists during national disaster responses.
“Sarah Jo has served sacrificially here in Florida, as well as in New York and many other places,” said Delton Beall, lead strategist for the Florida Baptist Convention’s Disaster Relief and Recovery Team, who presented the award on behalf of NAMB.
According to the North American Mission Board, the award is given to a person who would be considered as a most valuable player for multiple services in a disaster relief role.
Fritz Wilson, executive director, SBDR, noted that while that description applies to many Florida Baptist DR volunteers, “Sarah Jo Trimble has done that since her first deployment after Sept. 11, 2001. She and her husband Dick have traveled tens of thousands of miles and served countless hours to bring help, healing and hope to people after a disaster,” the former Florida DR director said.
“She is also a force multiplier by using her giftedness in identifying, training and developing a network of DR feeding leaders across Florida,” Wilson continued.
Wilson explained that Trimble and her husband Dick Trimble are so committed to the ministry that even his battle with cancer over the past two years has not slowed her down. In fact, she has doubled her involvement to make up for the times her husband could not go because of chemotherapy treatments.
“Sarah Jo has been a true personal blessing to me for many years—during my time in Florida and in my new role at NAMB,” he said. Additionally, she has been “a blessing to many other Christ followers as well as survivors of disaster.”
He added, “What makes that even more significant is that most of the time it is done in the background in such a way that she gets no credit or recognition for her service. That is perfectly OK with her because as she often has said, ‘That way the credit and glory all go to Him.’”
Corbin received the Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He spent five months in New York after the storm, providing logistical operations to the national Command Center in Staten Island and in developing the collegiate program for student volunteers working in clean up and recovery.
“Initially using his talents and abilities to help provide logistics support for the Sandy Incident Management Team for several weeks, he then worked with a pilot project that engaged 500 college students on Staten Island during the Christmas Break,” Wilson said. “That led to him and his wife returning in February to serve an additional seven weeks during the collegiate spring break response, as Operations Coordinator.”
“Marvin’s ability and commitment to do the ‘dirty work’ behind the scenes allowed not only families to be helped but also empowered and instilled over 800 college students to engage in effective and meaningful ministry. He truly exemplifies the picture of a true servant in the body of Christ,” Wilson said.
Corbin serves in a logistical position for the Florida Baptist Convention’s statewide disaster relief organization. He is a member of First Baptist Church in Fort McCoy.
“I have been truly blessed and encouraged by the ministry investment of these two in my life and the work of Florida Baptist disaster relief is so much the stronger because of such servants as these two,” said Beall.
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