Texas Relief and Texas Rebuild are ministries of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention that connects individuals, college and church groups to ministry opportunities in areas of need throughout Texas, across the US and even internationally.
TXR endeavors to put together individuals and groups seeking to provide help with churches and ministries needing volunteers. Through this cooperation, TXR volunteers provided over 59,000 hours of work in 10 months after the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief response. Through this effort, homes, churches and community buildings were rebuilt all across the Disaster Area.
- Providing Help: Individuals and groups wanting to serve.
- Needing Help: Churches and ministries able to host and facilitate volunteers working in their community.
- Texas Relief and Texas Rebuild Volunteers (TXR)
- Adults (Age 18+)
- Fill out online form.
- Watch short training videos that will be sent to you and/or receive short briefing at the ministry location.
Note: Without exception, minors are not permitted to volunteer on TXR sites. If you need to bring minors, TXR will try to pair you with churches or ministries that do allow minors (usually youth 14+ who are well supervised) and you can make arrangements with them directly. But we are unable to assume any responsibility for the event, injuries or any other negative outcome.
Please look over the projects below and contact us to register your interest. If you do not see what you are looking for, please contact us anyway and begin a ministry dialogue so we can facilitate you fulfilling God’s vision for your people. You can email us directly at this link: email Texas Relief.
Ministry Opportunities in Texas
Dallas – Tornado damage. Ten tornados from EF0 to EF3 tore through Dallas hitting schools, churches, businesses and homes. Damage consists of downed trees, roofs damaged and consequential water damage.
Needs: Volunteers to remove debris from yards and home areas, patch roofs, perform other general storm relief tasks.
Time Period: Volunteers can volunteer for as little as one day.
Costs: Volunteers will provide their own transportation, meals and tools.
Southeast Texas (generally East of Houston) thousands of homes and buildings were damaged when Tropical Storm Imelda dumped up to 4 feet of rain on the area. Disaster Relief volunteers cleaned up most of the damage and now the area is ready to be rebuilt.
Needs: Volunteers to remove debris from property, put up sheetrock, patch roofs, perform other general rebuild tasks including plumbing, electrical and HVAC.
Volunteers who will witness to the community through one-on-one conversations or with VBS style outreach and concerts.
Volunteers who will clean sleeping areas and provide food for volunteers.
Volunteers and groups who will purchase needed materials for volunteers to use.
Time Period: Now through the summer of 2020
Costs: Individuals and groups will arrange and pay for their own transportation, meals and lodging. Sometimes lodging and meals can be arranged for little or no cost. But that depends on the specific project you are working. Sometimes materials and supplies are provided and other times the family is unable to provide anything. Often tools are available but sometimes they are not.
Texas Border: Migrant ministries near Brownsville. (Also see International Ministry Opportunities below for opportunities across the US/Mexico border.)
Needs: Volunteers to serve in the shelters that minister to migrants when they are released from the detention centers. These migrants are free to travel throughout the US ad spend a few days in the shelters while they determine what to do.
Volunteers will serve and interact with migrants from multiple countries around the world, including central America, the Caribbean, South America, Asia, the middle east and Europe.
Volunteers will serve the church (es) that house the shelters.
Volunteers and groups who will purchase needed materials for ministries to use.
Costs: Individuals and groups will arrange and pay for their own transportation, meals and lodging. Sometimes lodging and meals can be arranged for little or no cost. But that depends on the specific project you are working. Sometimes materials and supplies are provided and other times the family is unable to provide
Group size: Groups are limited to 10 or less. Individuals are welcome.
Ministry Opportunities in the US (other than Texas)
No ministry requests at this time:
International Ministry Opportunities
US/Mexico Border: Migrant ministries in and near Matamoros.
Needs: Volunteers to serve migrants in the shelters that seek to minister to their needs as they wait for permission to cross into the US.
Volunteers may help to prepare and serve meals, hand out supplies and clothes, and interact with the migrants and perform additional tasks for the shelter or the church that operates the shelter.
Volunteers who will donate money or supplies to support the ongoing ministry and the church. (i.e.: backpacks, food, t-shirts, hoodies, sandals, Spanish Bibles, etc. for the migrants.)
Costs: Individuals and groups will arrange and pay for their own transportation, meals and lodging. Each volunteer will need a valid US passport. There may be additional cost considerations depending on the project.
Group size: Groups are limited to 10 or less. Individuals are welcome. Each site will have its own requirements and limitations.
Guatemala: Palin, Guatemala. Construction of a men’s dormitory at a substance abuse center. Project needs to be completed by mid-December.
Needs: Volunteers to help construct this building. It is hoped that the groups who come will have at least some construction experience, but they are open to teams with little to no experience.
Volunteers need to be in good health as this project is primarily manual labor.
Volunteer teams began cycling through in September and will continue until the project finishes.
Costs: Individuals and groups will arrange and pay for their own transportation. Meals and lodging are provided at the site or you can arrange for this on your own.
Group size: Groups are limited to 8-10.
Bermuda: Rebuild a church destroyed by Hurricane Dorian. The church will be able to act as a shelter for the surrounding population and help to bring the community back to a sense of normalcy.
Needs: Volunteers to provide labor needed to rebuild Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Main building damaged by 4” of water, roof partially destroyed, stage damaged, doors damaged, carpet damaged. Second building needs roof and ceiling.
Volunteers to provide the money or materials needed to rebuild this church.
Costs: Individuals and groups will arrange and pay for their own transportation, meals and lodging. Lodging will be difficult and TXR will help you to secure lodging space.
Greece: Athens, Greece. Remodel/rebuild a church and migrant shelter. This project is not set yet. It is scheduled to begin in 2020 and continue for several months until the project is completed.
Needs: Volunteer teams with the skills to remodel and/or rebuild a church and migrant shelter.
Volunteers who will help fund this project by purchasing materials or helping to send volunteers to do the work.
Costs: Individuals and groups will arrange and pay for their own transportation, meals and lodging. Tools and materials will be purchased in-country. Tools purchased can be brought home or left for future teams to use.
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