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As residents along the Texas Gulf Coast deal with the ongoing impact of Hurricane Harvey, SBTC churches and disaster relief units are deployed to assist. Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic damage and record level flooding to homes and churches. Damage is wide-spread, we have responded to numerous areas and we will continue to respond for weeks to come. The early days following Harvey were focused on rescue; the weeks following were focused on recovery; now our efforts are beginning to shift to rebuild.

How can you help Harvey victims?  Pray > Give > Go

All Credentialed DR Volunteers Urgent Need: 
Please contact your Unit Director and make your availability known. If you are not able to deploy at the same time as your unit, we can use you on other units. If you do not have a unit with which you regularly deploy, please contact the Task Force Director for the area in which you are trained and ready to go:

Is your church or pastor's home in need of rebuilding? Complete our Hurricane Recovery Texas Rebuild Request application >>

Do you need help? If you are an individual in need of assistance from our Disaster Relief or Texas Relief volunteers, please fill out our Disaster Relief Needs form >>
Basic instructions on mudding out a flooded home watch mud-out video (5:20) >>

Are you a pastor in the Harvey impacted area? Find out more about our Pastor & Wife Retreat just for you >>

Pray specifically. Prayer is not insignificant — you don't have to leave your living room to be a prayer warrior! Join believers all across Texas and our nation as we cry out to the Lord for those affected by Harvey. Pray now for specific prayer requests >>


Give financially. 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 and every cent will go to the most crucial immediate needs! All donor gifts will be allocated to Harvey-related needs. Should funds received be in excess of what can wisely be applied to those needs, then such funds will be used for other pressing disaster relief needs.

You may also give by texting a dollar amount with the word "Harvey" (not case sensitive) to 817-442-2792. For example, to give $25, just text "25 harvey" to 817-442-2792. If you would like to mail a check, please make it out to Southern Baptists of Texas Convention note the designation to disaster relief ministry and mail to PO Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099.

Give materially. With an estimated 270,000 homes damaged by Harvey and about 250 SBTC churches that need assistance, the need for rebuild supplies is enormous. If you or your church can collect supplies, then please view this detailed list of needed rebuild supplies >>
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Go intentionally. Join SBTC disaster relief units already deployed if you are available now. This is a long-term need so we will need volunteers for several months. Get trained now and be ready to serve!

Are you already trained as an SBTC Disaster Relief volunteer? Then be on the lookout for requests for volunteers via email.

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 >>
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Can you only serve for a few days or unavailable for full DR training? Those who are not credentialed in Southern Baptist disaster relief or unable to commit to seven (7) days of service, but would like to be involved can connect with Texas Relief.
View information for Texas Relief Volunteers >>
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Interested in helping with the rebuild effort? Whether you are a skilled plumber/carpenter/electrician/etc. or just willing to work hard, then Texas Rebuild can use you. We would like to connect with church rebuild teams or individuals ready to serve.
View information for Texas Rebuild Teams & Volunteers >>
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Does your church want to serve another congregation? We are also implementing the Adopt-a-Church system so a church willing to help can adopt a church in an affected area and assist to meet their needs. Almost 40 churches have already been adopted and there are still more that need help. Fill out the Adopt-a-Church Web form and we will contact you with churches that fit your adoption profile.
Complete the Adopt-a-Church form now >>
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All Credentialed DR Volunteers Urgent Need :  Please contact your Unit Director and make your availability known. If you are not able to deploy at the same time as your unit, we can use you on other units. If you do not have a unit with which you regularly deploy, please contact the Task Force Director for the area in which you are trained and ready to go:

In the many weeks that Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has been active in Harvey response, we have made over 1,800 gospel presentations, over 425,000 total work hours, almost 2.1 million meals prepared, provided for over 31,600 showers, almost 20,000 loads of laundry and given out over 150 teddy bears. We have opened a warehouse on the West side of Houston this week to receive recovery and rebuild supplies.  Well over 44,000 volunteer days have been served with various units across South and Southeast Texas.

Houston North and Northwest:  Multiple assessors, chaplains, shower/laundry, water treatment, cleanup/recovery and command center/admin units on site. Mass Care Feeding unit deployed to Champion Forest Baptist Church to support SBTC Disaster Relief and Texas Relief volunteers assisting with homes that were flooded.

Houston West:  Shower/laundry, chaplains and water treatment units on site.

Beaumont:  Feeding, cleanup/recovery, shower/laundry, childcare and water treatment units on site in Beaumont, Kountze and Silsbee.

Jefferson, Orange & Liberty Counties:  Multiple cleanup/recovery and feeding units on site with shower/laundry, chaplains and assessors in LaBelle, Fannett, Groves, Dayton, Vidor and Nederland.

Additional Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers, feeding, cleanup/recovery and laundry units have come from Kansas/Nebraska, Alabama, North Carolina, Colorado, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina and New Mexico.

Other Information and Resources:

View ongoing coverage via TEXAN Online >>

Other coverage and videos:
— Oklahoma DR Video:  Basic home mud-out instructions after a flood
— Baptist Press, Sept 18:  Best ways to give in times of crisis
— Baptist Press, Sept 11:  Letter to pastors in the hurricane zones
— SBTC Audio, Sept 7:  Harvey disaster relief update
— NAMB Resource:  NAMB Church Resource: After a Disaster
— ABC KVUE Video, Sept 5:  Austin News: Pflugerville, DR unit feeding Harvey victims
— NAMB Article, Sept 1:  Trump meets with SBC's Ezell, other disaster relief leaders
— 1440 Radio, Sept 1:  1400 KEYS Corpus Christi radio Bob Jones interviewing Bill Bumpas
— SBTC Resource:  What to do when your house floods
— GuideStone, Sept 1:  Hurricane Harvey: Claims Update
— SBTC DR Video, Aug 31:  Hurricane Harvey Update

View promotional graphics and video downloads for churches and individuals >>

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