Disaster Recovery

A long term, Biblical, holistic approach to disaster recovery.

We are dedicated to helping communities rebuild after disasters. We work with disaster survivors throughout the long-term restoration process by partnering with local churches, associations and other long-term recovery teams to mobilize volunteers, gather and transport donated items and funds, provide prayer and spiritual support and raise awareness.

Chris Liebrum

Director, Church Ministry Resources, Disaster Recovery

(214) 828-5292

Marla Bearden

Disaster Response Specialist, Disaster Recovery

(214) 828-5382

Gerald Davis

Disaster Recovery & Development Specialist, Disaster Recovery

(214) 828-5392

David Scott

Director, Bounce

(214) 828-5123

Day of Service

Monday, January 19, 2015

Texas Baptist Men, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery, and Meals4Multitudes are partnering to pack meals for Liberia and Sierra Leone. Volunteers are needed to pack nutritious rice/soy meals for those suffering from food shortages in West Africa. At this food packing event participants will package, weigh, seal, and box up the pre packaged meals and prepare them for shipment to West Africa, where starvation is rampant. No special training is needed. All ages are welcome to participate in this meaningful hands on project.

When: Noon to 2:00 pm or 2:30 to 4:30 pm (Sign up for one of two sessions. 150 volunteers are needed per session)

Where: Texas Baptist Men – Dixon Mission Equipping Center, 5351 Catron, Dallas, Texas 75227, Office 214-381-2800

Cost: $20 per person (Funds are needed for food and shipping costs)

Click here to sign up individually or as a group.

For many who live outside this DFW area this Day of Service is not a possibility. You can still pack meals for West African and other developing countries around the world. Plan a food packing event in your church, association, or community. Meals4Multitudes will come to you and your group can pack 10,000 meals for $3,000. Your group will provide tables and a large room, roughly half the size of a basketball court. Volunteers can feed thousands of hungry and starving children through this project! For more information contact Marla Bearden at Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery by email at marla.bearden@texasbaptists.org .

Shalom Builders

Shalom Builders – the new Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery initiative – aims to mobilize trained and equipped construction workers to areas affected by disaster. Our goal is to continue rebuilding until God’s shalom, or God’s wholeness, returns to the affected area. We currently have a number of projects needing volunteers in Austin, TX, West, TX, and Eagle Pass, TX. Learn more…


We have several trips during 2014, located all around the world. Learn more…

Disaster Recovery Overview

U.S. Projects

We currently have several needs in not only Texas, but throughout the United States. Find out how you can aid in these particular needs below. Learn more…

International Projects

There are several ways to serve on disaster recovery projects around the globe. Find out how you can help internationally below. Learn more…

Volunteer Corps

Working through our local churches, associations and long term recovery teams, Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery personnel discover needs that can be met by Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery Volunteers. We invite you to join us!

You will begin receiving information by email about future volunteer opportunities.

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Bounce: Student Disaster Recovery

We provide students with the opportunity to impact disaster-affected areas and assist in a community’s effort to bounce back from devastation. Bounce offers pre-packaged mission trips that include serving, worship, times of reflection and partnership with other churches. Learn more…


Church2Church and Church2Community partnerships are opportunities for a church to connect with and adopt another church or community to share resources and assist in their physical and financial needs.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery has identified both churches and communities that need the assistance of another church body. While we are here to help make the connection, we then take a step back to let your partnerships grow. We make ourselves available to help plan any mission trips or outreach events.

We also provide training and education for any church interesting in this process. We guide you through the process of developing an ongoing and strategic development plan. Our desire is to help each church understand how to aid other churches or communities in the best possible way – through a partnership.



Machseh Orphanage & Academy

by Marla Bearden — December 10, 2014

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is partnering with the Haiti Orphanage Project which sponsors Machseh Orphanage and Academy in Pernier, Haiti. The academy currently has 60 children enrolled. The tuition is free as most children in the area would not be able to go to school if it were not for the academy. In addition to the academy there is an orphanage with 14 children. This is not an orphanage like we would think, where children can be adopted. It is a group home, where the children are cared for and have family nearby who visit them on a regular bases.

Recently, the Haiti Orphanage Projects was asked to move out of…


Social Media Success

by Marla Bearden — December 9, 2014

Last week Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery experienced an example of Social Media making a huge impact on people’s lives, real time. Gerald Davis and I were in Eagle Pass, TX on a vision trip for our March 2015, Spring Break TBDR Mission Trip. We had seen several really great projects when Miguel Omana, of “Mission Border Hope, Eagle Pass” asks us to visit a special case that had been close to his heart.

He took us to the home of a 75 year old Grandmother named Guadeloupe, raising five grandchildren. This family was first discovered by Mission Border Hope living outside, behind the public library. They had been living in a…