Volunteers needed for disaster recovery in South Texas and Mexico


Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) offers a vast array of affordable mission trip opportunities throughout the year, inviting churches to be the hands and feet of Christ to people who have been affected by disasters, such as tornadoes, floods and fires. This year, some of the largest needs are in South Texas and Mexico where low-income communities are striving to recover from 2015 disasters. Volunteers are especially needed in the following two locations: Weslaco, Texas and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

Weslaco - $25/person (includes lodging)

Far south, nearly touching the border of Texas and Mexico is a sizable town of 37,000 called Weslaco. In May 2015, the community experienced devastation, when flash floods saturated parts of Central and South Texas, and again in October 2015, when Hurricane Patricia dumped rain on the Rio Grande Valley.

Dozens of homes are in need of repair in the town. Volunteers are needed to hang drywall, tape and bed the sheetrock, paint and install flooring.

"This is a very low-income area," said Marla Bearden, TBDR specialist. "None of the people we have identified have flood insurance. Many have no homeowners' insurance at all. A lot of these people are elderly."

Adults and students are invited to volunteer. Teams will be housed at churches in Weslaco or Donna. Volunteers will prepare their own meals and assume responsibility for that expense.

A mission trip is organized for this summer, June 11-16, but Bearden hopes churches will respond sooner. Many residents' houses, she said, are without insulation and floor covering, leaving them vulnerable.

See more information about TBDR ministry in Weslaco here.

Ciudad Acuña - $150/person (includes lodging and meals)

In addition, volunteers are needed in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, located just across the border from Del Rio, Texas.

Willing hands are invited to rebuild homes devastated by a tornado last May and to minister to the people of Ciudad Acuña. The tornado injured over 200 people and destroyed approximately 400 homes.

Two organized mission trips are scheduled for March 13-17 and June 13-17, but individual church mission trips can be scheduled at any time.

See more information about TBDR ministry in Ciudad Acuña here.

For any inquiries about these two Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery projects, contact Bearden at 214.828.5382 or marla.bearden@texasbaptists.org; Gerald Davis, TBDR specialist, at 214.828.5392 or gerald.davis@texasbaptists.org; or click here.

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