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Texas Baptists responds to the ebola crisis in West Africa

by Marla Bearden — September 17, 2014

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery has been in communication with the Baptist World Aid Alliance, Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convention and the Virginia Baptist Convention regarding the Ebola crisis situation in West Africa. All of these organizations are working with ground personnel in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, who have reported that the situation is dire.

Due to the persistent fear of the spread of the disease, there has been a shutdown of schools, government offices, worship services, or gatherings of large groups. There is also an increased crisis of food scarcity…

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North American Baptist Fellowship Disaster Response Network meets in Louisiana

by Marla Bearden — September 3, 2014

On August 26-27, the NABF Disaster Response Network met in Lake Charles, LA, the site of major responses to various hurricanes such as Katrina, Rita and others. Marla Bearden, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery specialist represented the Texas Baptists. The group was joined by local Baptists from Louisiana for this semi-annual gathering. Additionally, the mayor of Lake Charles and a representative of the Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) were present for part of the gathering.

Agenda items included a discussion of responses from North America to the Ebola crisis in Africa, and how greater…

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For the Children

by Marla Bearden — July 10, 2014

Our Texas borders are being flooded with unaccompanied children coming from Central America, with an estimated 47,000 coming across since October 2013. The majority of the children are from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Find out how you can help…

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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery begins response to the Central-Southeast Tornadoes and Floods

by Marla Bearden — May 2, 2014

This week, we have experienced multi-state and location tornados and storms resulting in various types damage. We have heard that these storms are compared to a large hurricane event. When an event is multi-faceted like this, we must wait, assess and seek the Lord’s guidance on when and where to mobilize volunteers. It is times like this when good relationships with other disaster response organizations are so important.

Chris Liebrum, director of Church Ministry Resources, spent the day yesterday with Charles Ray and Ray Higgins of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Arkansas. Currently, the largest needs appear to be in…

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We Care Haiti

by Marla Bearden — August 30, 2013

Partnership with Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery and Texas Baptist Men

How did it Begin? James Cundiff, a McKinney businessman and volunteer with Texas Baptist Men, was among the first responders to the Haitian earthquake in January 2010.

“We began to pray that God would provide food,” recalled Cundiff, “And God was faithful. At first it was a few meals, then a few hundred meals, then thousands, then tens of thousands of meals. I realized then that God had a much bigger plan here than I did.” James Cundiff founded We Care Haiti the next day.

What’s Happening Now? We Care Haiti remains active, providing not only physical…

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Eagle Pass: Rebuilding Houses, Rebuilding Lives

by Marla Bearden — August 30, 2013

What Happened? Eagle Pass is a South Texas city located on the Rio Grande border, linked via bridge to the Mexican city of Piedras Negras. In June, this community suffered a bought of extreme flooding. No deaths were reported, but many people had to be evacuated from their houses during the disaster. More than 300 homes were damaged or even destroyed, and two months after the disaster, this community is only beginning to recover.

What is Being Done?

The Del Rio-Uvalde Baptist Association (DRUBA) is partnering with local churches to support the citizens of Eagle Pass as they continue to rebuild their city.

On September…

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