CSBC DR teams respond to Hurricane Harvey in Texas
Sept. 27— CSBC Disaster Relief ministries are in full swing with Hurricane Harvey deployments in the Houston area.
“Please continue to pray for the individuals and families experiencing loss as a result of the storm,” Mike Bivins requested. He is California Southern Baptist Convention volunteer mobilization specialist. “Also pray for the safety of work and travel for our volunteer teams.”
Through Sept. 23 the following CSBDRM volunteers were deployed:
- Downtown Houston: team member representing SBC mass feeding, working in the Red Cross Operations Center.
- Dayton/Old River: team member working in Operations on the Incident Command team; team member working as a Unit Leader supervising a kitchen preparing meals for the Red Cross; a mass feeding team preparing an average of 1,000 meals per day for the Red Cross to distribute through shelters; two mud-out teams working with more than 40 homeowners who have requested assistance; cleaning, hauling, stripping walls and floors, and preparing homes for rebuild — all part of the recovery process.
- Spring Valley: a mass feeding team preparing and serving meals to volunteers working on cleanup and recovery efforts.
Bivins noted that the California feeding response is winding down, but more teams are needed for cleanup and mud-out work. In Katy, a mud-out team working with the Texas Baptist Convention has assessed more than 200 homes needing work.
In addition to the teams in Texas, other CSBC Disaster Relief volunteers have been busy with preparation, training and off-site coordination, Bivins said. He noted more than 40 new volunteers were trained in late September at a Southern California church. Also in September, CSBC DR trained volunteers for the Nevada Baptist Convention.
As of Sept. 26, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministries responding to Hurricane Harvey had:
- prepared 1.54 million meals;
- provided nearly 22,000 showers through their shower units;
- done nearly 14,000 loads of laundry in laundry units; and
- seen 238 make professions of faith in Christ.
For more Disaster Relief information visit the CSBC website where there are schedules for upcoming training events and DR activities. A special DR training event is being conducted on Monday afternoon before activities begin as part of the CSBC Annual Meeting in Riverside.
Monetary donations are needed. Please give to Disaster Relief.