"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsry and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.'" Matthew 25:35-40 (NIV)
CBBC Disaster Relief Article - Disaster Relief Deployment
At Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, we have a shower/laundry trailer and a water purification and support trailer for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention (SBTC) Disaster Relief. On May 30, 2015, I received a call that our shower/laundry trailer was needed in the Meyerland area of Houston. On May 31st, my wife, Sheryl, and I, plus David and Vaundina Green, from our church delivered and set up our shower/laundry trailer to S. Braesburn Valley Baptist Church. It supported a team of about 30 whose task was cooking about 2500 meals for lunch and 2500 meals for supper. The American Red Cross delivered the meals to flood victims and "mud-out" volunteers around Houston. Our main task was to provide showers for the Disaster Relief team and wash their clothes as needed. We soon found out that on deployment our tasks ranged from our primary duties to anything we were able to help with. The main duty was to witness, and pray with all we came in contact with that needed our help and to represent Jesus with all of our abilities.
This was the first deployment for all four of us. My wife and I were able to stay for 7 days which is usually the length of each deployment. The shower/laundry trailer stayed another week and a half while other volunteers manned it. We have all said that due to our experiences it will not be our last. -Bill Adams, Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, Baytown, TX
CBBC Disaster Relief Program Details
Disaster Relief is an opportunity to witness and pray with people in need while doing our best to meet their needs after a disaster.
CBBC has taken on the responsibility of a shower trailer and a water purification/utility trailer.
The shower trailer is simply a trailer with 2 shower areas each with 3 showers (3 women and 3 men) and a small utility room equipped with a washer and dryer for small laundry needs of the volunteers. It has 2 on demand water heaters that are powered by propane, to heat the water for showers. The trailer is used mainly to support the volunteers doing other ministries.
The water purification/utility trailer is a support trailer also. It carries;
- a water distribution system that includes a 220 gallon supply tank, a pump to boast water pressure and supply system for multiple hoses
- a 220 gallon dirty water tank and the ability to filter and purify dirty water when clean water is not available
- four large propane bottles
- a large generator powered by propane to supply needed electrical power for other ministries as well as its on-board pumps and water purification system
- several hundred feet of water hoses and fittings
- several electrical extension cords of various lengths to supply other ministries
- several tool boxes to store hoses, fittings, extension cords, and miscellaneous items
- other various items as needed.
For more information on Disaster Relief or to volunteer contact Bill Adams or the church office.
Disaster Relief Requirements
To volunteer to be trained as a SBTC Disaster Relief Volunteer, YOU MUST:
- Be an active member of a Southern Baptist church.
- Have a letter of recommendation from the Pastor on church letterhead for the individual(s) from that church.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be in good health.
- Have a servant heart.