THANKS, CHURCHEs!

During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Houston area churches responded to the calls to place an increased focus on three major concerns: Hunger, human trafficking, and long-term unrepaired homes.  You have made a difference in the lives of those in need. Thanks!

Super Week of Caring Home Repairs

Gerald Davis, Long-Term Disaster Recovery Consultant with Texas Baptist Men, spent many long hours preceding the Super Bowl organizing churches and teams to address several projects where Houston area residents had long lived in homes in severe states of disrepair. Several projects were completed and Gerald sends out a huge Thank You! to all who participated:

Gerald writes,

Well Done Good and Faithful Servants!,

Thanks to each of you for helping to make the Super Bowl Week of Caring a success.  21 Projects were identified for the week and 14 were completed.  60 volunteers participated in helping 5 families primarily in the Acres Home area of Houston.  One address is located in Fort Bend County and the other is in the Brays Bayou area of Houston. 

Special thanks to TBM's Construction Coordinators Marvin Killingsworth, David Bridges and volunteers like Raymond Wilson and Elmo Johnson who made themselves available almost every day of the week providing their expertise in guiding the work. 

Kudos to the Wylie Baptist Church in Abilene who took on one home and accomplished an extreme make-over of the garage and kitchen in 3 days. 

The Deer Park First Baptist Church mobilized two teams of 15 youth and young adults on two different days to contributed to much of the work being accomplished. 

Church In The Center and First Baptist Hempstead also provided volunteers which help to make the Super Bowl Week a grand success. 

TBM Long Term Disaster Recovery appreciates the Mission Centers of Houston (Gano), Jeff Chadwick, for making the facilities available for housing out-of-town volunteers.  The accommodations were superb. 

We also want to recognize The Church at Bethel's Family for taking on the Super Bowl Tailgate Outreach.  Pastor Walter August and Deacon Clark Booker accepted the request with much glee and for that, TBM Disaster Recovery is grateful. The Tailgate Outreach resulted in a wonderful time of fun and fellowship.  Twenty TBM Yellow Caps volunteered with the Southeast Texas Feeding Unit (Alvin) to cook hamburgers and fajitas for the Super Bowl crowd.  Thanks for a job well done. 

To God be the Glory for a great week of service! 

Anti-Trafficking Initiative

What Can Churches Do?

Nell Green, Houston-based Field Personnel with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, shares statistics of human trafficking concerns in the Houston area and outlines what churches can do to be involved and address these concerns of both sex and labor trafficking. Contact Nell at nell@cbfinternationals.org .

Facts

  • Houston is a known hub for human trafficking;
  • Officials estimate 1 in 4 of all human trafficking victims in the United States pass through the City of Houston at some point;
  • City of Houston has more sexually oriented businesses per square mile than the city of Las Vegas.

Actions

  • Know & use the Human Trafficking Hotline: 888.373.7888   [888 3737 888]
  • Participate in a neighborhood outreach posting flyers and Human Trafficking Hotline information
  • Be aware of businesses & activities around you
  • Report suspicious activities to 888.373.7888
  • Join the Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking in Texas Gateway Cities (partners local churches with churches along the border to address trafficking at entry points). Email administration@cchttx.com for information.

Resources

Tackle Hunger with MCH

  • UBA Mission Centers of Houston serve 11 zip codes from two locations in the inner city & near north side
  • 15.5% of people in Harris County struggle with food insecurity, the struggle to be fid with nutritious food
  • About 450,000 kids in Houston struggle with hunger
  • Your donation can help the UBA Mission Centers of Houston #TackleHunger in its ministry area