August 28, 2017
By Jeff Huett
DECATUR, Ga. — As waters rise and life-saving rescues continue in the Houston area, CBF Disaster Response and its partners — including CBF Texas, Fellowship Southwest and others — are in touch with national and state partners and are contacting Texas church leaders to assess their needs.
CBF has more than 100 partner churches in the city of Houston and surrounding communities.
CBF will work with state and regional organizations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners, including friends in the North American Baptist Fellowship, in any response.
“The work in Houston remains focused on search and rescue,” said Alan Williams, coordinator of CBF’s U.S. Disaster Response. “We will have a better idea of needs in the coming days as the rain subsides and flood waters recede.”
CBF Texas Coordinator Rick McClatchy said that churches and individuals wanting to help should consider a gift to support CBF’s response to the storm.
Gifts can be made here.
Fellowship Southwest Coordinator Marv Knox added that financial gifts and, eventually, teams of volunteers will be needed to help affected residents clear mud and debris from flooded homes. More details will be available about volunteer teams in the days ahead.
In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF Disaster Response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first-responders have finished their work.
CBF is a Christian network that helps people put their faith to practice through ministry efforts, global missions and a broad community of support. The Fellowship’s mission is to serve Christians and churches as they discover and fulfill their God-given mission.