Over the past weekend, a group of experienced disaster relief volunteers from Texas Baptist Men made their way from Dallas to Little Rock, responding to the aftermath of a devastating tornado that tore through the city, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The Director of Disaster Relief for Texas Baptist Men, David Wells, expressed that they had been keeping a close eye on the weather patterns and had volunteers at the ready, equipped with necessary tools, should the need arise.
The initial deployment crew consisted of a command center and a large generator, and once on the ground, Texas Baptist Men crews were focused on assessing the damage caused by the tornado, with further volunteers set to arrive in the coming days, armed with power tools and a mobile kitchen. The destruction caused by the tornado is extensive, with over 2,000 homes and businesses either destroyed or damaged, according to the mayor of Little Rock.
Texas Baptist Men has demonstrated its commitment to serving those in need by responding quickly to this disaster. The team aims to provide hope and support to those affected, in a time when they are facing unimaginable adversity.
Texas Baptist Men is a Christian organization based in Dallas, Texas, that is dedicated to mobilizing Christ followers to make a positive impact on the world by meeting crucial needs after disasters, providing clean drinking water for people around the globe, and equipping the next generation to make a difference for years to come. Founded in 1967 as a men’s ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Texas Baptist Men began as a small group of individuals who wanted to use their skills and resources to help others in need. Today, it has grown to include over 17,000 volunteers from diverse backgrounds, ages, and denominations, who serve in various ministries.
One of the main 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 over 5,000 trained disaster relief volunteers, Texas Baptist Men is equipped to respond quickly and effectively to any situation, providing 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 also has a water ministry that shares clean drinking water and the “living water” of Christ around the world. The organization has drilled over 2,500 water wells in 80 countries, installed more than 12,000 community water systems in 35 countries, and distributed over 30,000 water filters in 75 countries. Texas Baptist Men also trains local leaders and churches to maintain and operate the water systems and share the gospel with their communities.
Texas Baptist Men’s mission extends beyond disaster relief and water ministry, with other ministries that include builders, discipleship, and special projects aimed at addressing specific needs such as hunger relief, medical missions, and prison ministry. The organization has headquarters in Dallas, Texas, and regional offices in various cities throughout the state.
Texas Baptist Men is supported by donations from individuals, churches, and organizations who share its vision and mission. It also partners with other local, national, and international agencies to expand its reach and impact. If you would like to join Texas Baptist Men’s efforts, you can visit their website to learn more about their ministries, volunteer opportunities, training events, and news updates. You can also follow their Facebook page or call their phone number for more information.