WESLACO—At least three dozen people have professed faith in Christ since Texas Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief Ministry deployed teams to Central and South Texas this month, following a bout of heavy rains.
“They had some severe weather go through San Marcos, Wimberley and Canyon Lake… right on down through San Antonio,” Disaster Relief Director Terry Henderson said in October. “So we sent assessors out to those areas, plus to Hondo (west of San Antonio) and Floresville (southeast of San Antonio).”
Henderson said the rains flooded 1,000 homes in Weslaco—“and these had about a foot to four feet of water in them.”
Just back from helping clear the ashes of wildfires in Smithville, TBM’s response to Weslaco began Nov. 2 with an Incident Management Team that facilitated relief operations. Disaster Relief Vice President Ralph Rogers coordinated the team.
“I have been involved in disaster relief a long time and participated in a lot of deployments, and based on the daily reports from Weslaco, I have never seen the Lord work as he is (working) in Weslaco,” Rogers said. “Through the efforts of the teams that are and have been in Weslaco, 166 ministry contacts have been made, 36 people have made professions of faith and 88 Bibles have been distributed.”
Rogers said these crews are truly making a difference for the kingdom.
As of Wednesday, he said the volunteers had completed 33 mud-out or general clean up jobs, while a unit of TBM’s Box Ministry had provided more than 850 cardboard boxes to homeowners gathering scattered possessions. At work sites, chaplain teams have presented the Gospel to homeowners and distributed Bibles after each job was complete.
Meanwhile, other TBM crews have cooked meals for all volunteers involved and washed their clothes, enabling the ministry to respond to needs indefinitely.
Rogers said it “is anticipated that TBM’s response will continue in Weslaco after a break for Thanksgiving.”
In San Marcos—a response that kicked off Nov. 3—TBM volunteers served in a similar capacity, working to clear out flooded homes of mud and debris and cut down damaged trees. As of Wednesday, Rogers said volunteers had completed 56 mud-out and chainsaw work requests and collected around 600 ministry contacts. At least two persons have professed faith in Christ.
“I am excited every time I receive a daily report because I know God has been at work and the teams are having those 'divine appointments,’” Rogers told TBM coordinators. “More importantly, they are taking the opportunity to share (with the homeowners) when those opportunities come up.”
Please keep our volunteers in your prayers as TBM continues to respond to needs.
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Story by Grace Gaddy, TBM Communications
Photos by volunteer Glenn "Biscuit" Adams