January 31st, 2012 at 1:30 pm
DALLAS – Texas Baptists’ team of congregational strategists are now serving as point people to aid Texas Baptist Men when it responds in the wake of disasters, increasing the organizations already strong relationship in ministry.
The strategists – Texas Baptists’ staff members across the state – will help TBM find locations where disaster relief units can set up to serve and will serve as a conduit for congregations to report their disaster relief needs to TBM.
The move is the latest step in a decades-long relationship between the two entities. Through the Cooperative Program – the primary giving channel for the convention – Texas Baptists support Texas Baptist Men. The convention encourages churches to be involved in TBM disaster relief efforts. The organizations also cooperate in the response to disasters, with TBM responding to immediate needs and the convention responding later to long-term rebuilding and recovery needs.
“It is an honor for our Texas Baptist congregational strategists to be in a position to serve hurting folks in a time of disaster,” said Chris Liebrum, who leads Texas Baptists disaster response efforts. “This new arrangement with TBM continues our 40-plus year partnership in disaster relief ministries.”
The partnership with congregational strategists will help deepen the on site disaster relief response network as more point men will be on the ground around the state, said Don Gibson, who serves as the TBM executive director.
“We believe that the more point men we have across Texas, the greater opportunity we have to know when they need something of a critical nature in a disaster,” Gibson said. “The more point men we have, the greater the opportunity to help people.”
Through having additional point men around the state, Gibson hopes to connect with more needs, resulting in more relief units being dispatched, whether that be in the wake of a disaster or to help with other feeding opportunities through associational meetings, mission fairs or community and regional events.
“We have plenty of regional units in the state, and we hope to see more of them called out. We have more than 10,000 volunteers and we would like to see them serve more and in whatever manner God calls us out to,” Gibson said.
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