About one-quarter of our Texas Baptists congregations–more than 1,200–are located in the Gulf Coast area affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding which occurred from Aug. 25-Sept.1, 2017. While we are working to determine the condition of these churches, and find ways to help those in need, it is clear that our response to this catastrophic storm will be measured not in days and weeks, but months and years.
We are encouraged by the good work of first responders, volunteers and churches and partners across the Texas Baptists family. Our field personnel, including area representatives, church starters and BSM directors, are on the ground meeting with churches and ministering alongside them. God is doing good things in the midst of the destruction.
Many have looked to the Convention for ways to continue these vital efforts, either through prayer, giving, donations or volunteer opportunities. What follows is the official Texas Baptists corporate response to Hurricane Harvey.
Please check back often as the information on this page will update frequently. If you have any questions, please call 888-244-9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe in the power of prayer, and we continue to call all members of the Texas Baptists family to pray fervently.
- All who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey
- Churches and the communities they serve
- First responders and current volunteers helping those in need
- Texas Baptist Men as they provide disaster relief
- Future volunteers currently organizing to help affected areas bounce back
- God’s peace and restoration
Give to Texas Baptist Men
Texas Baptists Men have long-functioned as the disaster relief arm of Texas Baptists, and we are proud of the good work they do in Texas and around the word. TBM units are currently deployed in many locations around the state providing feeding, chainsaw crews, shower and laundry units, child care, mud outs and much more. Alongside each unit is a trained chaplain to provide spiritual care for volunteers and those they are ministering to.
Mary Hill Davis Offering
Every dollar that exceeds the $3.6 million goal will be directed toward the long-term recovery efforts of Texas Baptist Men and Texas Baptists.
Your church can collect bottled water, gift cards and cash to donate to Texas Baptist Men. They are collecting donations at their Dallas headquarters.
5351 Catron Dr.
Dallas, TX, 75227
Call 214-381-2800 to coordinate delivery.
There are many ways a church can help, but sometimes the best way to make an impact in the aftermath of a disaster is to partner with a church directly affected by the disaster. We are collecting names and locations of churches across the Gulf Coast that are in need of help. Please consider partnering with one of these churches listed, and focusing all of your resources on helping them to bounce back from this disaster.
Texas Baptist Men Volunteer Village
Texas Baptist Men Volunteer Village is now open! They are accepting registrations for church groups wanting to work in the greater Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Click below for complete details and registration.
BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery
BOUNCE, the student disaster recovery ministry of Texas Baptists, has revised its 2018 schedule for spring break and summer mission trips to exclusively serve Harvey-affected areas along the Gulf Coast. Registration for student groups to participate in these trips is now open.
Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) volunteer groups
Many of our Baptist Student Ministries around the state are coordinating volunteer teams to serve in affected areas. College-aged students who would like to volunteer should contact their local BSM Director to learn of their specific campus’ response.
TBM/Texas Baptists Volunteer Villages open for groups to serve Harvey-affected areas
by Kalie Lowrie on September 21, 2017 in news
HOUSTON–Three Texas Baptist Men/Texas Baptists Volunteer Villages are now open and accepting groups to serve in Harvey-affected areas. TBM and Texas Baptists are partnering to invite volunteer groups to work on homes and churches damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flooding throughout Houston and East Texas.
Mickey Lenamon, TBM executive director, urged groups to participate, saying, “We are open for business, but we can only do as much work as we have volunteers to do it.”
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FBC Huffman provides shelter, resources and hope in the midst of Harvey Recovery
by Kirsten McKimmey on September 20, 2017 in news
Even as darkness fell and waters were rising on Aug. 25 when Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the people of God quickly came together to be the glimmering beacon of hope that Texas needed.
The following Sunday, Pastor Mike Martin of First Baptist Church of Huffman made several visits around town before the heavy rains hit. He stopped at the local volunteer fire department and told them the church was available if they needed help. Within an hour, the fire department contacted him and asked if the church/a>/p>/p>... [continue]
Texas Baptists at work to provide Harvey relief efforts through partnerships
by Kalie Lowrie on September 2, 2017 in news
The devastation Ryan Rush, senior pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, has witnessed in recent days is heartbreaking.
“We’ve seen hundreds of our neighbors lose everything they owned, and the idea of the work ahead is overwhelming. The thing that sustains us, however, is the incredible way this disaster has brought together the Body of Christ as we seek to share the love of Jesus with our community,” Rush said.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas Aug. 25 as a category four/p>/p>... [continue]
7 Tips for when disaster damages your church building
by Keith Crouch on September 1, 2017 in harvey response
When storms damage your church building consider these options:Watch out for live wires.
Be very aware of exposed electrical hazards and submerged live power hazards. Take proper precautions. Keep people out of hazardous conditions.Watch out for nails.
Wear strong soled shoes and boots in debris and submerged areas. Soft soled shoes, sneakers and sandals make you vulnerable to stepping on nails.Consider covering it up.
Usually you should tarp any openings like roofs, walls, doors and windows to reduce additional rain/p>/p>/p>/p>/p>/p>... [continue]
BOUNCE revises schedule to serve in Harvey-affected areas
by Kalie Lowrie on September 1, 2017 in press release
DALLAS–In response to the devastating destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, BOUNCE, the student disaster recovery ministry of Texas Baptists, has revised the 2018 schedule for spring break and summer mission trips to solely serve Harvey-affected areas along the Gulf Coast.
“We have revised our BOUNCE schedule to mobilize student youth groups to Harvey-affected areas for long-term recovery efforts,” said David Scott, director of BOUNCE. “Our BOUNCE Advisory Group agreed this is reason BOUNCE was created. We also had full/p>/a>... [continue]
Texas Baptists response to Hurricane Harvey
by Kalie Lowrie on August 28, 2017 in press release
Updated message posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast has been catastrophic, and the storm is likely to cause additional damage for days to come. Some 13 million Texans are currently under a flood watch or warning.
At this time, we are supporting Texas Baptist Men in their disaster relief efforts. TBM units are deployed to several areas across the Gulf Coast and are providing meals as well as shower and laundry services. More than 7,000 trained volunteers are on active alert and ready to/p>/p>/p>... [continue]