UPDATE: DR volunteers aid in flood-stricken Eagle Pass

EAGLE PASS—Disaster relief volunteers from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention were aiding victims of flooding in the South Texas border town of Eagle Pass in the latest round of service in what has been a busy several months for disaster relief ministry.

On the heels of tornadoes in North Texas and Oklahoma and the deadly explosion in West, about 25 volunteers were counseling, making damage assessments and beginning clean-up efforts for residents in more than 400 homes flooded from 17 inches of rain last weekend in Maverick County. As of June 25, 54 people had made professions of faith through the witness of disaster relief volunteers, SBTC DR Director Jim Richardson said.

Richardson said volunteers were providing 2,000 meals a day in addition to flood recovery, assessment and chaplaincy. The effort will likely last three weeks, Richardson said. Texas Baptist Men were working in concert with SBTC DR volunteers. Feeding is in coordination with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross.

“The needs are great and trained DR volunteers are needed to replace those currently serving,” Richardson said, noting that anyone interested in volunteering may contact him at jrichardson@sbtexas.com or toll-free at 877-953-7282 (SBTC). For information on DR ministry training, visit sbtexas.com/dr/.

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