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MISSISSIPPI BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF prepared to assist Hurricane Harvey recovery

Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief (MBDR), a ministry of the Men’s Ministry Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB), is on STANDBY for response to Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in the Houston, Texas, area.

Mobilization of the MBDR large feeding unit will likely occur on Tuesday, Aug. 29, or Wednesday, Aug. 30. Meal counts will likely be at unit capacity of 15,000 to 20,000 meals per day. Trained MBDR volunteers will man the feeding unit upon its deployment.

Also, MBDR recovery teams (mud out/chainsaw) will be mobilized to affected areas as soon as requested by Texas Baptists.

In Southern Baptist life, affected state Baptist conventions coordinate disaster response in their respective states. In this case, both Texas Baptist conventions affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention – the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) and Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) — have large and effective Disaster Relief teams. Their response has already begun. MBDR does not self-deploy but works in partnership with our Baptist brothers and sisters in the affected state. MBDR is packed and ready, awaiting their instructions.

What can you and your church do?

  • Pray for those so desperately impacted by the storm. Many are displaced. Many have lost precious belongings. Some are concerned about their jobs because their places of employment are flooded. The early days after a disaster are naturally filled with chaos.
  • Pray for those responding to this historic disaster. Texas Baptist Men and SBTC are responding now. They have excellent teams facing an enormous challenge.
  • Pray for other faith-based disaster response groups.
  • At the present time, MBDR has no provisions for in-kind donations (clothing, furniture, etc.). Financial donations may be given through MBDR and will go directly to support victim recovery in partnership with local Baptist churches and associations. Donations may be made on-line at Checks made payable to the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, designated “Hurricane Relief” on the memo line, may be mailed to MBCB, P.O. Box 530, Jackson, MS 39205-0530.
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