As waters rise and life-saving rescues continue from the Houston metro area to the Gulf Coast region and Puerto Rico, CBF Disaster Response and its partners are in touch with national and state partners and are contacting church leaders to asses their needs.

CBF will work with state and regional organizations, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners including friends in the North American Baptist Fellowship, in any response.

In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF Disaster Response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first responders have finished their work. This takes time and planning.

How can you help?

PRAY: Please pray for families who have lost everything they own and first responders who are giving everything they have to save lives. Pray for communities as they cope and as they heal.

GIVE: Consider giving financial support so funds can be used locally in the most effective way to meet needs. Financial donations may be given through the CBF Disaster Response website or through checks to FBC Athens (please remember to note Hurricane Relief in the memo line of checks). PLEASE DO NOT SEND HOUSEHOLD GOODS OR  ITEMS (such as shoes or clothing).  While these donations are often given in good faith, they aren’t typically what is needed and many items go unused.

VOLUNTEER: If you have interest in joining a team at a later date, please let us know by contacting our Minister of Missions Brandon Pendry.