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.
One year later, rebuilding efforts are still underway. Through the generosity of Texas Baptists and many partners around the country, more than 100 churches have been assisted with rebuilding efforts. Many have partnered alongside individual churches to provide encouragement, financial resources and assist with construction. Today, churches are being rebuilt, hope is being restored, and new opportunities to share the Gospel are being presented each day. Though the storm has passed, many towns and communities are still rebuilding. Here are ways you and your church can continue to support the churches in Harvey-affected areas:
We believe in the power of prayer, and we continue to call all members of the Texas Baptists family to pray fervently.
Continue to pray for:
- God's peace and restoration
- All who are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey
- Pastors to draw strength from God as they continue to encourage their congregations, coordinate reconstruction, and serve their families and communities
- Volunteers and churches who continue assisting in recovery efforts
- Provision and funding for church rebuilding efforts
- New opportunities for community ministry for churches
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 world. Alongside each TBM unit is a trained chaplain to provide spiritual care for volunteers and those they are ministering to.
Texas Baptists congregations along the Gulf Coast are still rebuilding churches and homes of those in their communities. If you would like to partner with a church in this region to assist financially, or to send volunteer construction teams, please contact the following:
Loans & Grants Manager, Church Architecture
Area Representative, Region 4
(including San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Rockport, Refugio and Aransas Pass)
Area Representative, Region 5
Greater Houston Area
(including Greater Houston area to Beaumont)
FBC Refugio dedicates building on two-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey destruction
by Kalie Lowrie on September 3, 2019 in news
On the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction of First Baptist Church of Refugio, church members and community leaders gathered to celebrate the dedication of the remodeled church building. ...
Churches see God’s provision as rebuilding from Harvey continues at one year mark
by Kalie Lowrie on August 31, 2018 in news
Blue tarps still cover roofs in need of repair in communities like Rockport, near Corpus Christi, and Bevil Oaks, north of Beaumont. Abandoned homes are interspersed among the remodeled on many streets. One year after Category 4 Hurricane Harvey wrecked and ravaged the Gulf Coast of Texas from August 25-September 1, 2017, signs of renewal and hope are evident in the Texas Baptists churches serving along that path of the storm...