By Marv Knox, Fellowship Southwest Coordinator
HOUSTON — A food fair sponsored by Cambodian Baptist Church of Houston turned into a disaster recovery event when more than 1,300 people showed up for relief from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.
Cambodian Baptist Church, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship congregation, received 20 pallets of food to distribute and utilized 57 volunteers to minister to more than 243 families, Pastor Panha Mey reported.
The church served 1,301 people, including 592 children, 608 adults and 101 seniors, Mey said, adding, “We ran out of the registration forms, and there were probably 50 or more additional families that we did not register.”
Cambodian Baptist Church has been working alongside other CBF Texas and Fellowship Southwest congregations to serve a community of Cambodian refugee farmers. They live in Rosharon, about halfway between Houston and the Gulf Coast, and their homes and greenhouses were devastated by the hurricane.
The Cambodian farm community is low on supplies, and many relief organizations have pulled out, Mey said. Cambodian Baptist Church bought a commercial freezer so the farm community can store food.
“Officially, there are 85 houses that need to be rebuilt, and 20 homes are not rebuildable,” Mey said. “This is the hard part, as specialized skills are needed.”
The church also will work with the Alliance for Intercultural Community Services to help restore the community.
CBF response to Hurricane Harvey will continue for months. To volunteer to help—or to record a need—visit the Harvey response website: http://www.cbf.net/harveyvolunteer/.
(Photos of Cambodian Baptist Church food distribution courtesy of Panha Mey.)