DALLAS–On Sept. 20, Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief sent their first group of volunteers, including 13 men and women, to Bayboro, North Carolina, in response to damage caused by Hurricane Florence.
This specific trip is a full-circle experience for Texas Baptist Men. “Since so many people from North Carolina came to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief, we are now able to do the same for them,” said Rand Jenkins, chief communications officer for TBM. “It’s incredible to be able to come back together with group of people that came to visit us when we were in the midst of Harvey.”
Currently, volunteers will oversee feeding units, chainsaw units and a shower unit set-up at Bayboro Baptist Church. There, they will be able to provide hot meals and clean water to both volunteers and individuals affected by the hurricane, as well as assistance in clearing fallen limbs and trees to enable families to being the recovery process. During the week of September 24, TBM plans to send a second group of volunteers with multiple mud-out units.
“This is an opportunity to help people in need because that’s what Christ wants us to do. We are His hands and His feet, and we want to offer them hope,” said Luann Jackson, TBM feeding unit volunteer, said “My prayer is that those affected by the disaster can feel the hand of God on them and know that help is on the way.”
Carol Prewitt, TBM chainsaw unit volunteer, shared similar sentiments. He said, “My prayer is that God would establish our work so that we would ease the suffering and be helpful, and that those in North Carolina would come to realize that it’s Jesus who provides - He is the one that is with them and comforts them.”
TBM is expecting to have a presence in North Carolina for at least three months. Right now, their greatest needs are prayer and financial gifts to support their ministry. For more information, visit tbmtx.org.