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As residents along the Texas Gulf Coast deal with the impact of Hurricane Harvey, SBTC churches and disaster relief units have already been 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.

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:

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) >>

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. We have determined that in order to do the most good to the most people and streamline the logistics, we have decided to implement Buckets for Harvey! This method was successfully used for many disaster efforts. Your family, your small group or your entire church can work together to pack buckets prepared with items vital for cleanup. Detailed information is available on the Buckets for Harvey page >>

Give additionally. Additional resources are being requested in the cleanup endeavors. If you or your church can collect cleanup items, then please view this detailed cleanup item information >>


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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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 4 weeks that Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has been active in Harvey response, we have made over 1,000 gospel presentations, approaching 200,000 total work hours, over 1,000,000 total meals prepared, provided for almost 15,000 showers, almost 10,000 loads of laundry and given out 9 teddy bears. We are opening a warehouse on the West side of Houston this week to receive recovery and rebuild supplies.  Well over 200 SBTC Disaster Relief volunteers are serving right now with various units at the following locations:

Dallas:  Childcare unit assisting parents on site.

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 and SBTC Disaster Relief volunteers assisting with homes that were flooded. Mass Care Feeding unit deployed at Bayou City to support NAMB SEND Relief volunteer center with another feeding unit in The Woodlands.

Houston West:  Mass Care Feeding kitchen equipped to provide 5,000 meals/day to support the American Red Cross meal distribution to various locations for at least three (3) weeks. Additional shower/laundry and water treatment units on site. Mass Care Feeding units and laundry units deployed to 2nd Baptist Houston to support NAMB SEND Relief volunteer center.

Austin/Pflugerville:  Mass Care Feeding kitchen set up at First Baptist Church, Pflugerville supporting the American Red Cross meal distribution.

Beaumont/Kountze:  Multiple feeding, laundry, chaplains, cleanup/recovery and admin/support units on site.

Beaumont:  Mass Care Feeding kitchen set up at Calvary Baptist Church to prepare thousands of meals each day through the American Red Cross distribution system for several weeks. Shower/laundry and water treatment units are also on site.

Jefferson, Orange & Liberty Counties:  Multiple cleanup/recovery units on site with shower/laundry available.

Additional Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers, feeding, 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:

— Oklahoma DR Video:  Basic home mud-out instructions after a flood
— Baptist Press, Sept 18:  Best ways to give in times of crisis
— TEXAN Online, Sept 12:  95-year-old Disaster Relif volunteer: 'You're never too old...if God is in it.'
— TEXAN Online, Sept 12:  Flooded church mission revived to serve families in Houston's 5th Ward
— TEXAN Online, Sept 11:  'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Baptists
— Baptist Press, Sept 11:  Letter to pastors in the hurricane zones
— Baptist Press, Sept 11:  Irma response to begin; Harvey relief work continues
— SBTC Audio, Sept 7:  Harvey disaster relief update
— TEXAN Online, Sept 7:  SBTC Launches Texas Relief
— NAMB Resource:  NAMB Church Resource: After a Disaster
— ABC KVUE Video, Sept 5:  Austin News: Pflugerville, DR unit feeding Harvey victims
— TEXAN Online, Sept 5:  Bayou City Fellowship/Champion Forest Baptist Church mobilize meet needs of hurting city
— TEXAN Online, Sept 5:  Latham Springs Camp provides respite for health facility's evacuees for third time since 2005
— TEXAN Online, Sept 4:  SBTC Exec Director Jim Richards visits hurricane-affected churches in Houston
— TEXAN Online, Sept 4:  Pflugerville church prepares meals for evacuees consolidated in Austin mega-shelter
— TEXAN Online, Sept 3:  Rockport, TX: No electricity, no water, no problem for SBTC DR teams
— TEXAN Online, Sept 3:  With limited city resources, Kountze church becomes 'shelter of last resort'
— TEXAN Online, Sept 1:  In the Wake of Harvey: One state, one fellowship of churches
— NAMB Article, Sept 1:  Trump meets with SBC's Ezell, other disaster relief leaders
— TEXAN Online, Sept 1:  SBTC feeding crews respond across the Texas Gulf Coast
— 1440 Radio, Sept 1:  1400 KEYS Corpus Christi radio Bob Jones interviewing Bill Bumpas
— SBTC Resource:  What to do when your house floods
— TEXAN Online, Sept 1:  GuideStone offers tips for churches, ministries damaged in wake of Hurricane Harvey
— GuideStone, Sept 1:  Hurricane Harvey: Claims Update
— TEXAN Online, Aug 31:  Churches shelter & feed flooded Harvey evacuees in Southeast TX near Beaumont
— SBTC DR Video, Aug 31:  Hurricane Harvey Update
— TEXAN Online, Aug 30:  Children's minister opens home to 16 evacuees and 6 dogs
— Baptist Press, Aug 30:  TX So. Bapt. ready for 'long-term' work
— TEXAN Online, Aug 28:  Disaster Relief teams aid 400 special needs victims evacuated from Hurricane Harvey
— Baptist Press, Aug 27:  Southern Baptists urged to pray
— TEXAN Online, Aug 25:  Churches and Disaster Relief units prepare for Hurricane Harvey

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