November 17, 2017
By Jeff Huett
DECATUR, Ga.— The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist General Convention of Texas are partnering to help repair and rebuild churches along the Texas Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Harvey, the organizations announced this week during the BGCT’s annual meeting in Waco, Texas.
CBF Governing Board member Katie Sciba, a Texas Baptist from Victoria, presented a check from CBF for $50,000 to the BGCT for use by the Texas Baptist Architecture Team to assist in this transformative effort called the Texas Coastal Church Recovery Project.
“Partnership can change the world for Christ. Texas Baptists, you know that well,” Sciba said. “I am here today to announce a new way that we are working together to spread the love of Christ in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.”
Sciba announced that with the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas, the Blanco Baptist Association, CBF Texas, Fellowship Southwest, the Texas Baptist Architecture Team and CBF Global Missions — and with thanks to the generosity of an anonymous Texas Baptist donor — the organizations are embarking on the collaborative project.
Sciba and her husband, Matt, a Texas Baptist pastor, will lead the effort.
David Hardage, the executive director of the BGCT, expressed his appreciation for the gift.
“Our Texas Baptist family is most grateful to the generous donor who gave significantly, through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, to help damaged churches in south Texas following Hurricane Harvey,” Hardage said. “These kinds of gifts and partnerships are most valuable to the recovery process, and to the ministry future of the churches.”
After assessments of affected rural Texas churches, the churches will be prioritized based on need (particularly those churches that are uninsured). The organizations partnering in the effort will work, then, to recruit volunteer teams to help rebuild and repair the churches.
More information on ways churches and individuals to give their time, talents and funds to support this project is available at www.cbf.net/dr-volunteer. Also, a prayer written by Matt Sciba in the wake of the storm is available here.
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.