Baptists continue helping in Texas

HOUSTON—More than a month after a Category 4 hurricane flooded the city of Houston and much of southern Texas, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) continues relief efforts in Spring, Texas and surrounding areas.

DR mobilized chainsaw and mud-out teams to homes that sustained damage due to high floodwaters, as well as a large feeding unit and additional feeding units to provide meals to those in need.

“Over the past five weeks, Southern Baptists have produced 1.5 million meals, and Oklahoma Baptists were part of that process of delivering aid through food,” said Don Williams, state director of Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) DR.

Williams said DR has received nearly 500 requests, for mud-out services in the past five weeks. DR assessors have evaluated nearly all requests and more than 100 jobs have been completed.

“There is work in Houston for whoever wants to serve,” Williams said. “We are looking forward to several college groups volunteering their time to serve in Houston over Christmas break and encourage all who are willing and able to come.”

Williams said DR is like a big family, “When several states and territories are hit, we all come together to serve.”

Oklahoma Baptist DR is serving alongside DR teams from states including Arkansas, Kentucky and Ohio.

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