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Disaster Relief Aftermath

Right after returning from Texas, tornadoes sweep through much of the southeast on March 20 leaving behind a path of destruction.  One of the hardest hit areas was Jacksonville, Alabama including the campus of Jacksonville State University.

JSU is special to me in that my grandfather, my mom, and I all graduated from there.  My mom and dad met on campus.  Many of my friends still live in the area.  The building where I took most of my classes and the apartments I lived in were totally destroyed.   

A small team from MBA responded by helping with flooded homes and tree damage.  We were privileged to be paired with volunteers from other parts of the country and local residents of Jacksonville as well.  These included a group of students from JSU. 




        

       

Last cut of a very long day.  A “starburst” pattern with 18 main branches for the 18 volunteers working at this site.  Made our day!


                                                        
                    




















Report on TX Trip

  11 volunteers just returned this past weekend from Orange, Texas (just over the Louisiana line).  The Hurricane Harvey rebuild project is run by Texas Baptist Men (Disaster Relief).  We were assigned a lady’s home whose name was Mary.  She’s 70 years old and her husband left her a few years ago.  She has no one else; all alone.  Her house had flooded around 2 ft up.  Some other volunteers had gone before us and removed debris and sanitized.  She had hired some contractors who basically gouged her on cost.  We installed new sheetrock throughout the whole house (up to the 4ft line) and mudded and sanded same.  We also installed new doors, new outlets, new switches, a hot water heater, reset her tub and commode and repaired a major water leak on her main line.  We really feel God had sent us to specifically help her.   She is a believer and was very appreciative.   

The last day and a half, 4 of us installed sheetrock at two other homes across town whose families had also experienced flooding.  These families were also believers and very appreciative.    

Note:  While visiting Home Depot on more than one occasion, we observed hundreds of people trying to get their life back in order.  I overheard one man’s conversation in that he had just endured 109 days in a motel.   Continue to pray for these families.       

             
    

           

         



               




   

I want to share some of the possibilities for continued service for assisting those who are still trying to recover from these events.  The needs that I am sharing with you now are OPEN to DR and Non-DR people, churches and associations to go and serve.

Texas:

Texas has moved into the rebuilding phase.  They are booking teams to assist in the rebuild efforts.  If you have a group that wants to be involved in this continuing effort, you can go to www.texasbaptistmen.org and look around on the website and you can sign up directly through them.  You do not have to go through our office.

Dominica:

The island of Dominica (not to be confused with Dominican Republic) is locate in the southern Caribbean.   It was slammed by hurricane Maria.  We are setting up a rebuild response that will take place over the next year.  We will work in an area called Le Plane and the surrounding villages.  God has opened some wide doors for service in this area with many opportunities to serve and share the gospel.  Phillip Hardee from Bellevue Baptist Church will be the person coordinating the teams that want to go in and share in this opportunity.  Attached is a bullet point document about the work there.  If you want information please contact:

               Phillip Hardee    fphardee@bellevue.org                 office:901-347-5537        cell:901-652-4553

We have begun by sending several  containers of supplies for the people and the rebuilding that needs to be done.  We have also started a project called “Love Dominica’s Children” in which we are trying to collect funds to purchase backpacks, school supplies, small toys, and other items for all the children in the Le Plane area to help resupply some of the things they lost in the storm.  We are also doing some things to assist the local teachers.  If you would like to participate in this, contact me.

This is an international trip.  You will need an up to date passport to participate.  Phillip is coordinating the timing of teams going.  Each team will be responsible for making their own travel reservations and paying on field expenses.

Puerto Rico:

Many have been wondering what is going on with Puerto Rico and what will be the future needs.  This is the area in which we have been trying to work out details.  It has taken some time but things are beginning to come together.  We have been asked to serve by partnering with  4 churches in the Guayama area of Puerto Rico.  This means we will be working simultaneously with these 4 churches.  To do this in an efficient manner, 5 associations volunteered early- on to partner with people on the island.  I have asked these associations to take the lead in working with the four churches we have been assigned.  What this means is that I have asked them to lead and be the coordinators for those TN teams wanting to go and serve in Puerto Rico.

If you, your church or association would like to take a team to Puerto Rico you will need to contact one of these associations and get on the schedule with them.  They can give you details as things continue to come together.  Representatives from these associations are going to Puerto Rico this next week to try and work out with the local pastors how things will work at each site.  Pray for them as they travel and ask God how TN Baptists can join them in what He is and wants to do in Puerto Rico.

Below are the Associations and the contacts for working with the churches they are overseeing.  The coordinator may change as things go forward.

Holsten Valley Baptist Association:

Coordinator:  Rev. Mark Roberts

mrob@holstonvalley.net

423-272-7318

 

Working with:  Iglesia Bautista Raham Guayama

Pastor Francisco Javier Reyes

(787)384-3141

pastorjavier.ibrg@gmail.com

CrossNet:

Coordinator:  Randy Bonner

randy@crossnet.com

423-476-5493

Working with:

Iglesia Bautista Sin Paredes (Guayama)

Pastor Pablo Ortiz

(787)479-6460

pastor_pabloortiz@yahoo.com

Holston Association:

Coordinator:  Dennis Shumate

dshumate@toweringoaks.org

423-638-7464

Working with:

Iglesia Bautista Adonai (Salinas)

Pastor Luis E. León

(787)341-2582

leonrodriguez_luis@yahoo.com

New Duck River Association and Salem Association:

These DOM’s will be going to PR next week and will discuss who will take the lead in the coordination.  For now, contact either of these associations to let them know of your interest.

New Duck River Association:

Dr. Tim Key

drgtimkey@yahoo.com

931-684-6592

Salem Association:

Rev. Paul Fries

salem2@dtccom.net

615-536-5961

Working with:

Iglesia Bautista Logos

Pastor David Colón

(787)602-2605

Logossi@hotmail.com

TBMB through Disaster Relief will be partnering with those going to serve in Dominica and Puerto Rico through grants for the first 100 volunteers that go to each location (Dominica and 4 locations in Puerto Rico).  To those going to Puerto Rico TN DR will grant each volunteer $200.00 towards the cost of the trip.  To those going to Dominica we will grant $300.00 for those staying one week and $450.00 to team members staying for 2 weeks.  This will be sent to the church or associations sponsoring the trip.  We will not send the grant to the individual directly.  TN DR will also reimburse churches and associations for the Plan “A” Supplemental Insurance purchased through Gallagher Charitable.  If you have questions about any of this, please contact me.

Prayer Needs:

1.            Pray for the coordinators who will be overseeing these projects.

2.            Pray for open doors of ministry as team serve.

3.            Pray for witnessing opportunities and people willing to listen and respond to the Holy Spirt when He calls.

4.            Pray for the pastors and others on the field who will be working with us.

5.            There will be a group of about 100 College Students from all over TN with their leaders and about 20 DR volunteers    going to Orange Texas to help rebuild on Dec 30-Jan 6.  Please pray for safety and many opportunities to share the gospel.

6.            The National DR steering committee is meeting tomorrow and Friday.  Pray that they will have wisdom.

Once again, thank you for your faithful service as you serve those who have gone through a disaster.

In Christ Serving Together,

WEs

 Wes Jones

   Disaster Relief Specialist | Tennessee Baptist Mission Board

   Harvest Field 4 Team Leader, Campers on Mission,

   Baptist Builders, Men’s Ministry

   712.253.4408 (Cell)  |  615.371.7927  (Office)

   PO Box 682789, Franklin TN 37068

  Mission Mobilization Center

  6434 John Hager Rd., Mount Juliet, TN 37122

   www.tnbaptist.org or www.tndisasterrelief.org

   email: wjones@tnbaptist.org