HOUSTON, Texas – Even as the Hurricane Harvey’s waters continue to rise in Texas, Missouri Baptist disaster relief volunteers are prepping to bring help, hope and healing to those affected by the flood.
A mass care (feeding) unit is on standby to head south as soon as roads are clear, and they need at least 20 more volunteers for the first week of operations.
“As long as you’re DR trained, you are eligible to serve,” said interim disaster relief coordinator, Tamara Parry. “You do not necessarily have to be trained in mass care feeding.”
Chainsaw, recovery and mud-out teams are on standby.
While not everyone will be able to serve in person, Missouri Baptist Convention executive director John Yeats noted other ways Missouri Baptists could help those facing the brunt of Hurricane Harvey.
“Former MBC DR Strategist Dwain Carter is now a leader among Texas Baptist disaster relief volunteers, and our interim MBC DR Coordinator Tamara Parry is working with Dwain, as well as with Missouri Baptist DR volunteers to provide food, comfort, and whatever else is needed,”
“Please pray for the victims of the flooding, many of whom need to hear the gospel. Also, pray for Tamara and our volunteers. If you can volunteer to be part of a relief team, visit Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief on Facebook to learn more, or visit the MBC DR webpages.
“Equally important, I urge you to give generously to the disaster-relief effort. Click here to give online. Or send your check to the Missouri Baptist Convention and designate it ‘Disaster Relief.’
“We also offer a text-to-give feature, where you may donate from your smart phone or other mobile device. Just text ‘Give’ to 573.433.8286 and follow the prompts.
“You may also want to give a ‘Disaster Relief’ designated gift through your local church. The 1,800 MBC churches serve together to transform lives and communities with the gospel through vital ministries like MBC Disaster Relief. Your church would then forward your gift, and gifts from other church members, to the MBC.
“Please PRAY, GO if you’re able, and GIVE generously to the work of Missouri Baptists as we minister to victims in Texas. Thanks for supporting our DR efforts.”