SBDR volunteers continue working in Texas

Cleanup efforts are ongoing in Texas after the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are working in debris removal and mudout work, an effort the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Send Relief said will continue for “quite some time.”

Some homes are ready for rebuild teams. NAMB asks churches and associations to encourage volunteers to help with those efforts in the coming months. Send Relief will be recruiting college students to participate in both Harvey and Irma relief efforts.

High school students looking for disaster relief opportunities can join BOUNCE — the student disaster recovery arm of Texas Baptists’ disaster relief ministry — in Gulf Coast relief work scheduled for spring break and summer 2018, according to David Scott, director of BOUNCE.

Three spring break missions trips are scheduled in Houston on March 7–10, March 11–14 and March 14–17. Summer missions locations are expected to include Corpus Christi/Rockport, Houston and Beaumont. Trip dates are set for June 11–16, June 18–23, June 25–30, July 9–14 and July 16–21. More information will be posted at texasbaptists.org/bounce.

Restoring hope

“This will be a massive recovery effort and we welcome youth groups from across the country to partner with us. It’s going to be a great opportunity for students to restore hope, rebuild communities and reflect Christ,” Scott said.
A bulletin released by Send Relief noted that the work in Texas will be ongoing.

“We will need churches and other entities to send teams to help in this effort for many months to come.” (TAB)