UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2017:
AS WE WATCH FLORIDIANS DIG OUT OF THE HURRICANE IRMA DAMAGE (AND APPREHENSIVELY WATCH "JOSE"), WE SETTLE IN FOR A LONG REBUILDING/REPAIRING PROCESS AHEAD, HERE IN TEXAS.
If you are ready to get started, here's the link to the Texas Baptist Men's Volunteer Village: http://www.texasbaptistmen.org/About-TBM/TBM-Highlights/TBM-Highlights-Article/tbm-volunteer-village-is-open-click-here-for-details.
YOU (YES, YOU!) CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. JUST HELPING FEED RELIEF WORKERS IS SOMETHING. BUT TO USE YOUR TIME MOST EFFECTIVELY, BECOME TRAINED IN DISASTER RELIEF.
IT'S NOT THAT HARD, AND IT DOESN'T COST MONEY. THE SOUTHERN BAPTISTS HAVE A "YELLOW HAT" PROGRAM THAT HAS BEEN EMULATED BY MANY OTHERS. AS LEADERS IN DISASTER RELIEF, THEY BEGIN WITH EFFECTIVE TRAINING OF THOSE DOING THE WORK. RECEIVING "YELLOW HAT" CERTIFICATION OPENS UP LOTS OF DOORS.
THERE IS A MAJOR TRAINING PROGRAM TAKING PLACE IN TEMPLE, TX ON SEPT. 30TH. WE CAN SEND YOU LINKS TO REGISTER. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TRAINING RIGHT HERE.
WITH SUFFICIENT INTEREST, WE'LL WORK TO SCHEDULE SUCH AN EVENT AT BUCHANAN DAM.
CLICK ON THE RED BUTTON TO LET US KNOW YOUR INTEREST.
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 7, 2017:
THE WORLD HOLDS ITS BREATH AS HURRICANE IRMA BEARS DOWN ON FLORIDA. JUST LIKE THE "WORST-CASE" SCENARIOS FORECAST ABOUT HARVEY, THE POTENTIAL FOR CATASTROPHIC DAMAGE BY IRMA SEEMS ALMOST LIMITLESS.
JESUS' DISCIPLES ASKED HIM ABOUT SUCH TRAGEDIES IN LUKE 13. JEWS HAD LOST THEIR LIVES TRYING TO MAKE SACRIFICES; A TOWER FELL ON SOME RANDOM INDIVIDUALS, KILLING 18 OF THEM. DID THEY DESERVE THIS ANY MORE THAN THOSE WHO WERE SPARED?
JESUS SAID: "NO, BUT UNLESS YOU REPENT, YOU WILL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH."
IN OTHER WORDS, IT'S A WAKE-UP CALL. WE ALL DIE EVENTUALLY. IF THE LORD DELAYS HIS RETURN, YOU WON'T GET OUT OF THIS LIFE ALIVE. BUT WHEN DEATH HAPPENS, MAKE SURE YOU FACE THE LORD WITH A LIFETIME OF REPENTANCE AND GODLY LIVING BEHIND YOU, A TRUE DISCIPLE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
THAT IS THE POINT BEHIND THE STORM.
First Baptist Church in Orange, Texas was flooded and is in a desperate situation. The church is made up of mostly elderly folks who are having to work on their own homes right now. The church has no insurance, but they have about $50,000 to use for reconstruction. However, they need immediate help with demolition. FBC Athens, TX helped this week by removing wet carpet. They have fans drying the place as we speak.
FBC Orange needs a work crew to help remove drywall immediately. FBC Marble Falls is sending our Pastor and some staff & volunteers, but we need 5-7 more people to make the crew efficient. If we can get help filling out the crew from the Burnet/Llano Baptist Association the job can be completed quickly and we can all be back Saturday evening.
If anyone can help now please call Ross Chandler at 806-239-1029. Any tools you can bring will be appreciated.
FBC Marble Falls
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 6, 2017:
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UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 1, 2017:
As of today our first priority is in our front yard: Inks Lake State Park.
Around 150 (some say 180) survivors of the hurricane are stranded there with little more than the clothes on their back. Many have no house (or job) to go back to. Any money they have in the bank cannot be withdrawn. It is a very desperate situation.
Our members (through our food pantry) have already sent hundreds of pounds of food to the park. Our friend Grant Barkey is setting up a food trailer and will begin serving breakfast. Hope's Closet is opening whenever necessary to accommodate their needs. Other area churches are jumping in as well.
Here are some thoughts about ministry to this group:
They are shell-shocked and hurting, embarrassed and worried. You may encounter blank stares, anger, who knows what. They need kind, loving and understanding people to be there for them.
We are taking ice from our machine over there often. Big need. Other useful items: gas (or food) cards, rescue packs containing toiletry essentials, servicing/repair for their vehicles...
If bringing food, bring things that can be opened and eaten (like peanut butter and crackers). Most do not have stoves/ovens and the utensils to cook a meal from scratch.
Do not drop off things at the park entrance! The park has no storage facilities and most of the people have very little also. You may bring stuff (like clothes) for them, but the rule is: you take out whatever you brought in that wasn't needed.
Follow up to coastal disaster relief:
Thank you for your responses.
This information is from Southern Baptists of Texas concerning a mass feeding project:
We have been asked to deploy kitchens into the Hurricane Harvey Disaster area as soon as it is safe for us to be there. Our Kitchen Units will be supplying food for people in shelters, for survivors in the area and for disaster relief workers.
We are anticipating this to be a long term event that will require all of our trained volunteers to participate.
Contact Dewey Watson (info below) to let him know you would like to deploy.
All we know now is that we will be:
Deploying into the Corpus Christi area
Staying in a church in Corpus Christi
Cooking in the parking lot
Rotating crews in and out every week on the weekends.
Contact Dewey Watson-if you can deploy for a week
Task Force Director for Mass Feeding
The Hill Country Hurricane Relief Facebook Page
Disaster Relief - Hurricane Harvey