Over the past weekend, a team of disaster relief volunteers from Texas Baptist Men embarked on a journey from Dallas to Little Rock, with the goal of providing aid and comfort after a deadly tornado tore through the city. The team, led by the Director of Disaster Relief, David Wells, had been vigilantly monitoring the weather and had volunteers on standby, equipped and ready to go in case of emergency. The initial deployment crew included a command center and a large generator, prepared to tackle the extensive damage caused by the tornadoes.
With more volunteers set to arrive in the upcoming days, Texas Baptist Men crews focused on assessing the damage caused by the tornadoes. According to the mayor, over 2,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed or damaged in Little Rock alone. Texas Baptist Men has been quick to respond to this tragedy, with the team committed to stepping in to assist those who have lost confidence in the face of this disaster. They aim to serve as a beacon of hope and aid to those in dire need.
Founded in 1967 as a men’s ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Texas Baptist Men (TBM) is a Christian organization based in Dallas, Texas. It started with a group of men who wanted to share their skills and resources to help others in need. Since then, TBM has grown to include over 17,000 volunteers from various 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 for millions of people affected by natural or man-made disasters. Texas Baptist Men has more than 5,000 trained disaster relief volunteers who can respond quickly and effectively to any situation. They provide services such as mass feeding, chainsaw work, debris removal, mud-out, ash-out, temporary roofing, shower units, laundry units, childcare and chaplaincy.
TBM also has a water ministry, which shares clean drinking water and the “living water” of Christ around the world. With over 2,500 water wells drilled in 80 countries, 12,000 community water systems installed in 35 countries, and 30,000 water filters distributed in 75 countries, TBM has made a significant impact. The organization also trains local leaders and churches to maintain and operate the water systems and share the gospel with their communities.
Beyond these ministries, TBM has builders who construct camps, churches, cabinets, and more for God’s glory. The discipleship program raises a new generation to change the world through Royal Ambassadors (RA), Challengers, and Youth on Mission (YOM). TBM also tackles other special projects that address specific needs, such as hunger relief, medical missions, and prison ministry.
With a headquarters in Dallas, Texas, TBM operates a warehouse, a training center, and an office, as well as regional offices in various Texas cities. The organization is supported by donations from individuals, churches, and organizations who share its vision and mission. TBM also partners with other local, national, and international agencies such as the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), North American Mission Board (NAMB), International Mission Board (IMB), Baptist World Alliance (BWA), and Samaritan’s Purse.
For those interested in joining its efforts, TBM invites them to visit its website, where they can learn more about its ministries, volunteer opportunities, training events, and news updates. They can also follow its Facebook page or call its phone number to inquire further. In times of disaster and beyond, Texas Baptist Men is a steadfast presence, serving as a shining light of hope, compassion, and faith.
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