Churches see God’s provision as rebuilding from Harvey continues at one year mark
by Kalie Lowrie on August 31, 2018 in news
Blue tarps still cover roofs in need of repair in communities like Rockport, near Corpus Christi, and Bevil Oaks, north of Beaumont. Abandoned homes are interspersed among the remodeled on many streets. One year after Category 4 Hurricane Harvey wrecked and ravaged the Gulf Coast of Texas from August 25-September 1, 2017, signs of renewal and hope are evident in the Texas Baptists churches serving along that path of the storm...
Hosting after Harvey
by Guest Author on February 20, 2018 in harvey response
Almost 20 years ago, waters flooded Southeastern Texas as the effects of the Pacific Hurricane Madeline reverberated across the United States. As volunteers rushed toward the devastation, First Baptist Church of Victoria opened their doors to host the first responders. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, their heart to host remains...
Green Acres Baptist Church provides encouragement, resources to FBC Hull after Hurricane Harvey
by Kirsten McKimmey on December 20, 2017 in news
It started raining on Friday, August 25, in Hull, Texas. By Sunday night, the water began to invade homes and buildings, compromising the town’s safety. The rains, a result of Hurricane Harvey, didn’t stop until Wednesday, the town was paralyzed until Thursday. The terror remained long after.
Like many churches, FBC Hull served as a first responder to this tragic natural disaster, and their focus was the surrounding communities.
“We were focusing on people in their homes here,” said John Guedry, pastor of FBC Hull. “When people who already in the last days of August didn’t know if they would be able to afford rent for September...
Time to rebuild His house
by Guest Author on December 1, 2017 in news
One hurricane, one faith and one website was all it took to unite First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie and Trinity Baptist Church of Aransas Pass.
After Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, “we immediately … spent time in our worship service praying for our brothers and sisters,” said Dr. Bill Skaar, pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Prairie...
Shining in the community in the midst of a disaster strike
by Guest Author on November 27, 2017 in news
By Kaitlyn DeHaven, Baylor University student
Rose City Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas, was in the process of rebuilding its church when disaster struck once again. Last year, the church suffered a catastrophic loss when 80 percent of the church burned down in a fire. Before Hurricane Harvey hit, it was three weeks away from reopening.
Tony Wilcoxson, pastor of Rose City Baptist, said that while there was a lot of hurt and pain that happened in his community, this aspect actually happened to be a blessing in disguise, because they had just put a new septic system in, which had provided them with 20,000 pounds of sand that could...
FBC Refugio Regains Footing After Harvey
by Guest Author on November 22, 2017 in news
By Analiz G. Schremmer
Ninety to 95 percent of buildings in the small town of Refugio were damaged during Hurricane Harvey. That includes First Baptist Church Refugio, which lost most of its roof to the strong winds, rendering the building unusable.
“The storm essentially blew about three-quarters of the roof off the sanctuary, so the sanctuary was a total loss,” said FBC Pastor T. Wayne Price. “Our educational building was about one-fourth damaged. We still do not have the exact numbers, but we are talking about an interior rebuild. Everything in the sanctuary was destroyed.”
Price said the majority of his congregation was...
God carrying the church through Hurricane Harvey
by Kirsten McKimmey on November 15, 2017 in news
Bevil Oaks, a small town located in Jefferson County on the outskirts of Beaumont, is a relatively quiet place. The neighborhoods are beautiful, the community is active and the people are kind. However, these characteristics did not protect the town from the harsh reality of Hurricane Harvey.
The rain began Friday, Aug. 25. As the storm grew worse, Robert Ring, worship pastor of First Baptist Church of Bevil Oaks, decided to make the call to cancel their Sunday morning church service.
“On Sunday, water began coming up into friends’ yards, and we weren’t sure how high the water would be getting. For us, the main part of Harvey...
God’s people responding in a time of disaster
by Kirsten McKimmey on November 1, 2017 in news
- During the storm, Iglesia Bautista Redencion experienced 30 inches of flooding, resulting in over $100,000 in damages
- Through donated resources, the church has been ministering to the community around them
- With the help of partner churches, $20,000 has been raised to go toward the church rebuilding process
HOUSTON–“We couldn’t believe it. We never thought this would happen. We were here in the church worshiping the night before the flood, and we could have never imaged what was to come,” said Pastor Jesus Guillen of Iglesia Bautista Redencion of Houston.
After the storm subsided, Pastor Guillen was not able to get back...
The Body of Christ unified during Harvey aftermath
by Kirsten McKimmey on October 24, 2017 in news
- From the hours after Hurricane Harvey, FBC Nederland has reached out to serve their community
- FBC Nederland is one TBM/Texas Baptists Volunteer Village where churches can send volunteer teams to help with recovery efforts
- They total number of meals prepared and sent out from the church was just over 318,000
NEDERLAND–“Things really started to get bad on Tuesday night (Aug. 29). It started raining here, and it was raining hard. I kept thinking, ‘this is going to settle down, just like any other storm,’ but it didn’t. About 10:00 p.m., we were at our house, flooded in. We couldn’t get out,” said Jason Burden, pastor of...
Congregation loses everything but hope
by Guest Author on October 17, 2017 in news
By Analiz G. Schremmer, Contributing Writer
“Winter is coming.” That is the phrase that Pastor David Maldonado kept repeating. It was a plea for help; a cry to God. Maybe both.
In August, Iglesia Bautista Jesus de Nazaret in Houston was struck by Hurricane Harvey. The church building took on three feet of water and almost everything inside was destroyed.
“We saved one of the speakers, two microphones and my guitar,” Maldonado said. “Now, on Sundays my brother-in-law brings another guitar that he borrowed and my brother borrows a base.” It is just enough to hold a worship service in the church pavilion every Sunday since the...
Loving the least of these amidst Harvey destruction
by Kirsten McKimmey on October 13, 2017 in news
For Metrey Pheap Baptist Church in Houston, floods are nothing new. However, as they are recovering from Hurricane Harvey, this church is working harder than ever to serve those in need.
In both 2003 and 2005, the church experienced extensive flooding, resulting in a combined $30,000 worth of damage. This past August, the destruction of Hurricane Harvey caused double the damage, with an estimated repair cost of $60,000. Though this is the third time the church has flooded, it is the first time they are experiencing a total loss.
“The first day we were was able to come and see the church after the storm, everyone cried,” said Ty...
Compassion and service after the hurricane
by Guest Author on October 4, 2017 in news
By John Hall, Contributing Writer
When disaster strikes, First Baptist Church in Athens jumps into high gear.
The congregation often responds to needs in the wake of disaster through Texas Baptist Men. So when it saw the widespread devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey, it did what comes naturally – sought to meet the needs of hurting people.
“A lot of church members have friends down there, they have family down there that’s been affected,” said Steve Akin, the church’s minister of missions.
Because of the proximity of the damage, First Baptist Church and other area congregations worked together through Southeast Texas...
FBC Mineola joins other churches rallying around Pine Drive Baptist Church in Dickinson
by Guest Author on October 2, 2017 in news
By John Hall, Contributing Writer
The devastation sustained by Pine Drive Baptist Church in Dickinson can be summed up with one word: Total.
“We’ve got a sanctuary,” Pastor Ted Duck said. “Then we have a separate building that’s a gymnasium/activity center. Then we have a Christian school, which is where our offices are. We got 51 inches of water. It wiped out everything we have. Everything.”
Everything except the congregation’s belief in God. In the wake of the storm, God continues to meet the church’s needs in remarkable ways. Congregations from across Texas and scattered across the United States have donated money, materials...
BSM volunteers from across Texas help with Harvey Recovery
by Guest Author on September 29, 2017 in news
By Analiz G. Schremmer
When they walked into this house, one thing was clear to the volunteers from the University of Houston’s Baptist Student Ministry: The homeowner was overwhelmed to the point of paralysis.
“There were dead fish in the house,” said UH BSM Director Shannon Rutherford. “The drywall hadn’t been taken down. No progress had been made yet, even though it had been several days since the storm.
“We asked the homeowners how they were doing. They just stared and looked like, ‘I don’t know.’ So we told them, ‘We can do this together. We can take this out and there is a plan to start over.’”
About 25 students from UH...
Texas Baptist family circles around new pastor, church affected by Hurricane Harvey
by Guest Author on September 25, 2017 in news
by John Hall, Contributing Writer
Ryan Chandler’s first pastorate began like few – if any – others. To begin with, it began before it started.
Chandler moved to Orange Aug. 26, more than two weeks before he was to become pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. Three days later, Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 20 inches of rain on the city, flooding homes and destroying cars.
The pastor-to-be and his family evacuated to San Antonio. He returned to a city largely without power or water Sept. 3.
“It was just crazy around Orange,” he said. “Our house wasn’t flooded, thank goodness. But the city was a disaster zone. Streets were...
TBM/Texas Baptists Volunteer Villages open for groups to serve Harvey-affected areas
by Kalie Lowrie on September 21, 2017 in news
HOUSTON–Three Texas Baptist Men/Texas Baptists Volunteer Villages are now open and accepting groups to serve in Harvey-affected areas. TBM and Texas Baptists are partnering to invite volunteer groups to work on homes and churches damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flooding throughout Houston and East Texas.
Mickey Lenamon, TBM executive director, urged groups to participate, saying, “We are open for business, but we can only do as much work as we have volunteers to do it.”
TBM/Texas Baptists Volunteer Village locations include First Baptist Church of Nederland, Sugar Land Baptist Church and Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy...
FBC Huffman provides shelter, resources and hope in the midst of Harvey Recovery
by Kirsten McKimmey on September 20, 2017 in news
Even as darkness fell and waters were rising on Aug. 25 when Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the people of God quickly came together to be the glimmering beacon of hope that Texas needed.
The following Sunday, Pastor Mike Martin of First Baptist Church of Huffman made several visits around town before the heavy rains hit. He stopped at the local volunteer fire department and told them the church was available if they needed help. Within an hour, the fire department contacted him and asked if the church could be used as a shelter.
By the time the storms arrived in Huffman, a small town in Harris County, members of the church...
Texas Baptists at work to provide Harvey relief efforts through partnerships
by Kalie Lowrie on September 2, 2017 in news
The devastation Ryan Rush, senior pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, has witnessed in recent days is heartbreaking.
“We’ve seen hundreds of our neighbors lose everything they owned, and the idea of the work ahead is overwhelming. The thing that sustains us, however, is the incredible way this disaster has brought together the Body of Christ as we seek to share the love of Jesus with our community,” Rush said.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas Aug. 25 as a category four hurricane, causing unprecedented destruction. Damage in Texas stretches from Corpus Christi to Beaumont, with an estimated...
7 Tips for when disaster damages your church building
by Keith Crouch on September 1, 2017 in harvey response
When storms damage your church building consider these options:Watch out for live wires.
Be very aware of exposed electrical hazards and submerged live power hazards. Take proper precautions. Keep people out of hazardous conditions.Watch out for nails.
Wear strong soled shoes and boots in debris and submerged areas. Soft soled shoes, sneakers and sandals make you vulnerable to stepping on nails.Consider covering it up.
Usually you should tarp any openings like roofs, walls, doors and windows to reduce additional rain and water damage to the interior of the building. Be sure to check with your insurer though, since...
BOUNCE revises schedule to serve in Harvey-affected areas
by Kalie Lowrie on September 1, 2017 in press releases
DALLAS–In response to the devastating destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, BOUNCE, the student disaster recovery ministry of Texas Baptists, has revised the 2018 schedule for spring break and summer mission trips to solely serve Harvey-affected areas along the Gulf Coast.
“We have revised our BOUNCE schedule to mobilize student youth groups to Harvey-affected areas for long-term recovery efforts,” said David Scott, director of BOUNCE. “Our BOUNCE Advisory Group agreed this is reason BOUNCE was created. We also had full support from our ministry partners in the cities of Birmingham, Waco, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Bartlesville...
Texas Baptists response to Hurricane Harvey
by Kalie Lowrie on August 28, 2017 in press releases
Updated message posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast has been catastrophic, and the storm is likely to cause additional damage for days to come. Some 13 million Texans are currently under a flood watch or warning.
At this time, we are supporting Texas Baptist Men in their disaster relief efforts. TBM units are deployed to several areas across the Gulf Coast and are providing meals as well as shower and laundry services. More than 7,000 trained volunteers are on active alert and ready to respond.
Many of our Texas Baptists churches are actively involved in relief and recovery efforts...