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.


Update on Central Texas Flooding

Following intense flooding in the Central Texas region of San Marcos and Wimberley, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is working to coordinate volunteers and funds to assist those in need. More than 400 homes have been destroyed in San Marcos, with assessment continuing in the town of Wimberley as to the number of homes damaged or destroyed.

Chris Liebrum, with TBDR, and Fred Ater, area representative, traveled to the region on Tuesday, May 26 to meet with local pastors about needs in the communities. On Wednesday, Marla Bearden, TBDR specialist, and other representatives met with Texas Baptist Men to develop a strategy that will begin in the relief period.

“This will be a long and costly recovery,” Bearden said. “A significant amount of funds and many volunteers will be needed to assist.”

The strategy will involve volunteers from local churches, as well as churches outside the area. Due to safety concerns, no one under 16 years old will be able to volunteer at this time. If you or your church are interested in volunteering in this region, click here for more information.

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Update on Tornado in Van, Texas

In Van, a total of 204 homes were affected with 62 destroyed and 56 inhabitable, including 2 fatalities and 56 injured. We will be speaking with disaster survivors over the next few days to determine long-term recovery needs. We are also speaking with city leadership and have been invited to join the long term recovery committee. We provide volunteer labor from church teams and individuals. This will be a huge need in the coming months. We are currently accepting financial donations for long term recovery efforts.

No in-kind goods donations are needed in Van. Financial donations or gift cards are the best way to assist. Used clothing is not needed.

Spontaneous volunteers are being assigned work projects at the Van High School Stadium Parking lot at 1085 North Maple, Van, TX. There will be a short volunteer orientation. Some food is provided for spontaneous volunteers, but no housing.

Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery will join the Long Term Recovery Team in Van, TX and will be helping to rebuild homes beginning in the next few day. To stay updated on when our volunteer “call outs” will begin, please click here to receive our newsletter with information on mission trips in Van.

Please continuing praying for the people of Van and needed funds will reach this town as they begin the recovery process. Please contact Marla Bearden or Gerald Davis with any questions.


Update on Earthquake in Nepal

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck near Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, on Saturday April 25, killing over 6,000 people with an estimated eight million people affected and living out in the open according to reports on May 1.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is responding to this horrific disaster. We are working with global Baptist partners who have people on the ground assisting during this initial relief phase of this disaster.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery funds are used to help in times of disaster. Financial assistance from this fund will be appropriated to our Baptist Partners in Nepal as needs are expressed.



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…

Disaster Recovery Overview

Ongoing 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.

Ongoing International Projects

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

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…

Partnerships

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.

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Meet the Team

David Scott

Director, Disaster Recovery, Bounce


(214) 828-5123

Marla Bearden

Disaster Recovery Specialist, Disaster Recovery


(214) 828-5382

Gerald Davis

Disaster Recovery Development Specialist, Disaster Recovery


(214) 828-5392

Bethany Frisch

Ministry Assistant, Disaster Recovery


(214) 828-5118

TBDR seeks volunteers and funding to help Central Texas flood victims


SAN MARCOS – Following intense flooding in the Central Texas region of San Marcos and Wimberley, Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is working to coordinate volunteers and funds to assist those in need. More than 400 homes have been destroyed in San Marcos, with assessment continuing in the town of Wimberley as to the number of homes damaged or destroyed.

Chris Liebrum, with TBDR, and Fred Ater, area representative, traveled to the region on Tuesday, May 26 to meet with local pastors about needs in the communities. On... [continue]