New director named for SE Texas rebuild ministry

VIDOR?Nehemiah’s Vision, a disaster rebuild ministry begun by Southern Baptists in Southeast Texas after Hurricane Rita in 2005, has named James Hall as its chief executive officer.

Hall spent the previous 15 years with Atlanta-based Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, retiring in 2008. With a business and ministry background, Hall said he was energized by seeing the ministry of Nehemiah’s Vision along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Based in Vidor, a town hard hit by Rita and battered again last fall by Hurricane Ike, Nehemiah’s Vision has been a ministry partner of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in recovery and rebuild efforts after Rita and Ike in 2008, coordinating the work of hundreds of Southern Baptist volunteers and other church groups desiring a reputable ministry to partner with in aiding disaster victims.

Upon meeting countless volunteers and hearing stories of lives touched by the ministry, it confirmed something Hall already thought was true: “When disaster happens, the best response comes from Southern Baptists.”

Hall said he wants to build relationships with more churches able to assist with volunteers and material needs and to raise the visibility of Nehemiah’s Vision, which still has much work to do nearly a year after Ike.

First Baptist Church of Vidor pastor Terry Wright is chairman of the board that oversees the ministry. FBC Vidor was an integral partner in beginning Nehemiah’s Vision and continues to work closely with the ministry.

“We can name what the Scripture tells us: there are good works in Heaven,” Hall stated. “Jesus said, ‘I know your works.’ When you get involved in a ministry like Nehemiah’s Vision, your works are not lukewarm.”

Jim Richardson, SBTC Disaster Relief state director, commented: “We enjoy a great relationship with Nehemiah’s Vision in the disaster relief rebuild ministry area. Their ministry plans and coordinates the rebuild ministry opportunities in the aftermath of disaster events. I look forward to serving with Jim Hall as he brings his leadership and vision to the CEO role for Nehemiah’s Vision.”

To contact Hall, e-mail him at jhall@nehemiahsvision.com.

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