In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Harvey and other natural disasters, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church responded quickly and in various ways to the communities and churches that were devastated and needed the hope of Jesus Christ. Now, with Hurricane Ian on the horizon, and for future disasters, Columbus Avenue is prepared to answer the call to extend the love of Christ to as many disaster survivors as possible. We will seek to do this in three different ways: Prayer, Giving, Going. Following a common ministry pattern of Jesus Christ, we seek to share God’s grace, hope, and truth while meeting physical needs. Disaster Relief is a ministry of the heart—caring people rushing to people in crisis to offer the help, healing, and hope of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the power of prayer, and we continue to call all Columbus Avenuers to pray fervently.
- God’s peace to be with those affected by disaster
- All who are still recovering from the effects of a disaster
- Church leaders to draw strength from God as they continue to minister to and encourage their congregations as well as coordinate relief efforts.
- Volunteers and churches who will assist in recovery efforts
- Funding and Provision for church rebuilding efforts
- New opportunities for gospel ministry in affected communities
Following a natural disaster, there are many immediate needs. While a common response is to send water, clothing, food, and other necessities, these kinds of donations often hamper relief efforts because roads are blocked and distribution is difficult.
Financial gifts immediately support approved relief efforts that can deliver resources to relief sites. Financial gifts directly serve those affected because they supply approved relief efforts as well as cover costs that support the volunteers. You can help a family in need by giving to TBM Disaster Relief. 100 percent of your gift supports disaster relief ministry, empowering you to come alongside a hurting family and/or community today and transform their lives.
To give to the disaster relief efforts through TBM, click below:
We will now be serving through the Texas Baptist Men (TBM). They have made their orientation and training available completely online. Each person that would like to serve on our Disaster Relief teams in the future will need to complete the online orientation session followed by an actual training/certification session in the areas of Food Handling, Flood and Fire Recovery (clean-up, muck out, mud out), Box Unit, and Shower/Laundry Unit. This ministry is open to men and women. You must be at least 18 yrs. old to serve.
If you are getting recertified or this is your first time taking the orientation training, make sure you sign up by clicking here for the training, and complete your background check by clicking here. You will not be allowed to serve if you have not completed your background check.
THANK YOU, Columbus Avenuers, for joining in our efforts to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting world.
Contact David Villarreal, Minister of Missions, for more information.