Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers cook meals during a recent deployment to Texas. Photo by Joe Burt
UPDATE: Arkansas Baptist DR serves and shares gospel in Texas
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HOUSTON – Arkansas Baptist disaster relief (DR) deployments to Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey and associated storms and flooding are in full swing.
As of Sept. 2, 70 volunteers from six Arkansas Baptist DR teams have been deployed, according to Michelle Hendrix, Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions team member.
“Our state feeding unit is setting up at the NRG Center in Houston, one of the two largest Houston shelters open. We expect to be there a long time,” Hendrix wrote in a statement to Arkansas DR volunteers Sept. 2.
On Sept. 2, 28 people who attended the ABSC’s emergency DR training Aug. 30, left Little Rock headed for Texas.
At this time, Arkansas Baptists have three shower/laundry units (Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, Little Rock; First Baptist Church, Ozark; and Tri-County Baptist Association, Wynne) deployed to Victoria, Texas; an Incident Management team located at the Texas Baptist Men’s headquarters; and a recovery team (Tri-County Baptist Association, Wynne) located in Victoria, Texas.
The ABSC’s largest DR unit, the Unit 1 feeding unit capable of producing 30,000 meals per day, is deployed to Houston.
Joe Burt, associational missionary for the Red River Baptist Association in Arkadelphia, who has deployed to Texas as a DR volunteer, said Unit 1 served 7,000 meals Sept. 3, 7,000 meals on Sept. 4, 8,500 meals on Sept. 5 (Labor Day) and 2,000 meals during lunch on Sept. 6.
As of Sept. 6, Burt said Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers made 47 ministry contacts, 11 gospel presentations, saw two professions of faith and gave away 24 copies of the Bible.
The next emergency DR training will take place Sept. 13 at the ABSC building in Little Rock. Other regularly scheduled training is set for Sept. 9 at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro and Oct. 14 at the ABSC building in Little Rock.
For more information on DR training, to pre-register for the Sept. 13 emergency training or to donate to Arkansas Baptist DR efforts visit absc.org/disasterrelief.
Click here to view a gallery of photos of Arkansas Baptist DR volunteers working in Texas.