Currently the SBTC – Disaster Relief volunteers are serving along the Texas-Mexico Border with the migrant crisis. Many emails and phone calls have been received from individuals and churches inquiring how to help as well as asking what has taken place thus far with the SBTC and SBTC churches located in the border towns. This is a brief overview of ways to help, what is happening and what has been done.
Ways To Help:
- Every ministry needs to be established and guided with prayer. Pray for resources and workers for the harvest. Pray for wisdom on how to move forward in this ministry.
- Volunteer: There are volunteer possibilities on the border. SBTC – DR needs credentialed Disaster Relief volunteers and currently have volunteers working in Brownsville, TX. If you are not a credentialed DR volunteer, there is another avenue for volunteering through our Texas Relief (TXR) connection. If you or your church are interested in this possibility, Wally Leyerle will be your contact. Wally Leyerle is on the Task Force with the SBTC – DR (Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief Ministry). One of his duties is to oversee (TXR). This is a way that untrained and non-Texas adults can deploy into disaster areas and situations like we find along the border. Wally helps adult individuals, colleges and churches locate projects and ministries they can participate in for a few days to a few weeks. Through TXR, people are deployed from inside and outside of Texas. Wally’s email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can give to the needs on the border through the SBTC website. Gifts will be used to fund our Disaster Relief response and fund grants to the churches that are ministering to the needs of immigrants at the migrant release shelters.
Currently the SBTC – Disaster Relief volunteers are working in two areas along the border. Shower units are deployed in Del Rio, Texas and Brownsville, Texas.
Pastor Carlos Navarro, pastor of West Brownsville Baptist Church in Brownsville, Texas has been working with migrants for a number of years and is a trusted face with an excellent reputation on both sides of the border. He and his church are often invited by local, state and federal authorities on both sides of the border to help. Pastor Carlos has been allowed in the youth detention center and has preached to the youth detainees for several years. Each week he preaches to around 1,500 youth. Over the past couple of years he has been privileged to preach to over 49,000 youth and in that time over 25,000 of them have made public professions for Christ.
This is a link from a story taken from The Texan. The web address is http://texanonline.net/archives/6274. The writer, Jane Rodgers, does a wonderful job of describing the ministry at West Brownsville Baptist Church.
There is a need for volunteers in Del Rio, Texas, to assist with the Shower unit currently deployed. As stated above, if you are not a credentialed volunteer, you may serve through TXR.
Make a Financial Donation
The Cooperative Program funds the ministry of Disaster Relief. During elevated crisis response times, additional support is needed to fund this missional endeavor of the SBTC. Prayerfully consider participating in the on-going relief ministry as teams deploy to represent Christ by meeting the needs of those who are hurting during difficult times. Donate online now to our general disaster relief fund. Every cent will go to the most crucial immediate needs!
Funds given to disaster relief will be used for general disaster relief purposes rather than for a specific disaster. This allows the use of donated funds for the most pressing current or future need. If you would like your donation to be designated for a specific disaster, please note that designation on your check and mail to:
Disaster Relief Ministry
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
PO Box 1988
Grapevine, TX 76099
Would you like to be trained as an SBTC Disaster Relief volunteer? Only volunteers who are Southern Baptist and trained with a completed background check are able to deploy with our units and we ask for a seven (7) day commitment. View the training schedule now for important information regarding volunteer training.
Training for credentialed SBTC DR Volunteers >>
Don't have DR credentials, but would like to volunteer? Those who are not credentialed in Southern Baptist disaster relief, but would like to be involved can connect with Texas Relief.
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- The SBTC DR Staff.
- The SBTC Task Force Leaders, supporting and cordinating DR volunteers state wide.
- The SBTC Volunteers.
- An increase in interest and volunteer numbers.
- The re-organization and growth and expansion of the Texas DR ministry.