Over the weekend, a team of dedicated disaster relief volunteers from Texas Baptist Men embarked on a journey from Dallas to Little Rock to provide essential aid and comfort to those affected by a devastating tornado. The Director of Disaster Relief for the group, David Wells, revealed that they had been closely monitoring the weather and had volunteers on standby, equipped and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. The initial response team included a command center and a substantial generator.
Texas Baptist Men crews were primarily focused on assessing the damage caused by the tornadoes over the weekend, before additional volunteers arrive in the coming days with power tools and a mobile kitchen. The extent of the damages in Little Rock is severe, with the mayor reporting over 2,000 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.
Texas Baptist Men has been swift to respond, and the team is committed to stepping in to assist those who have lost faith in the face of this tragedy. They aim to serve as a beacon of hope and aid to those in dire need.
Texas Baptist Men is a Christian organization based in Dallas, Texas, which mobilizes Christ followers to change the world by meeting crucial needs after disasters, providing clean drinking water for people worldwide, and equipping the next generation to make a difference. Founded in 1967 as a men’s ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Texas Baptist Men has grown to include over 17,000 volunteers from various backgrounds, ages, and denominations serving in various ministries.
One of the primary ministries of Texas Baptist Men is disaster relief, which delivers help, hope, and healing to millions of people affected by natural or man-made disasters. With more than 5,000 trained disaster relief volunteers, Texas Baptist Men can respond quickly and effectively to any situation, providing essential services such as mass feeding, chainsaw work, debris removal, mud-out, ash-out, temporary roofing, shower units, laundry units, childcare, and chaplaincy.
In addition to disaster relief, Texas Baptist Men’s water ministry shares clean drinking water and the “living water” of Christ worldwide. With over 2,500 water wells drilled in 80 countries, more than 12,000 community water systems installed in 35 countries, and over 30,000 water filters distributed in 75 countries, Texas Baptist Men is making a significant impact. Moreover, the organization trains local leaders and churches to maintain and operate water systems while sharing the gospel with their communities.
Texas Baptist Men has other ministries, including builders who construct camps, churches, cabinets, and more for God’s glory, and discipleship that raises a new generation to change the world through Royal Ambassadors, Challengers, and Youth on Mission. The organization also has special projects that address specific needs, such as hunger relief, medical missions, and prison ministry.
Texas Baptist Men has a headquarters in Dallas, Texas, where it operates a warehouse, a training center, and an office. Regional offices are situated in Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange, Corpus Christi/Rio Grande Valley, El Paso/Lubbock, Fort Worth/Waco, Houston/Galveston, San Antonio, and Tyler/Longview/Marshall. Texas Baptist Men relies on donations from individuals, churches, and organizations who share its vision and mission. The organization also partners with other local, national, and international agencies such as the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, Baptist World Alliance, and Samaritan’s Purse.
Texas Baptist Men invites anyone interested in joining its efforts to visit its website, where they can learn more about its ministries, volunteer opportunities, training events, and news updates. They can also follow its Facebook page or call its phone number at (214) 275-1100.