MDR Update: November 10, 2017

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The BWM cannot fully express our extreme gratitude to our congregations and individual donors who have responded so generously following the awful string of disaster through the late summer and early fall of this year. The BWM has already transferred funds to assist with work in Texas and the Eastern West Indies (EWI) Province. A follow up consultation will take place next week (11/13-20) with leaders of the EWI Province on how the BWM can best support the ongoing relief efforts in the Virgin Islands. Please look for communication later this year as to how further fund disbursements will be utilized, and if there is a need for work crews to travel to assist with the rebuilding efforts.

Several work teams have now either made their way to Texas, or have begun planning for dates in early 2018. An MDR trailer is on site, as well as an RV serving as shower facility and part of the housing arrangements available.

There is much work to be done in Texas, and we hope everyone reading this will consider leading or joining a work team in the coming months.

As of writing this update, Justin Rabbach, who was coordinating the MDR efforts is set to begin work on staff as the new Executive Director of the BWM. He will still be able to receive communications regarding MDR volunteers, and will help to direct questions to the other volunteer coordinators or staff members who are helping to cover the planning details of this work.

Please remain assured that this work is a priority of the Board of World Mission and a plan is being put in place to help cover details during a time of transition. If you have any questions about this, please email

Finally, this work will continue to be an ongoing process, and if you wish to continue supporting this work financially, the instructions for making a donation are copied below.

Thank you.

MDR Update: November 10, 2017

2 thoughts on “MDR Update: November 10, 2017

  1. Thanks. For the continuing updates. It’s important for congregations to know of the on going efforts of the BWM to be involved. on our behalf in the aftermath of these disasters. It will also encourage donations to keep coming in. Faye Gardner

  2. I have seen first-hand the impact that the Christian church organizations are having in the Houston TX area. My son, Kyle, and I spent a week down in NW Houston helping to remove moldy drywall, insulation & flooring and move personal belongings into storage facilities. We were very encouraged by the disaster response from church groups from all over the United States who came together to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to the homeowners who no one would help. We kept hearing story after story of how the federal government, local government, and charity organizations were not lending any assistance to them. It was the local and unified state church groups which provided the most impactful response to their direct needs. 90% of homeowners in the communities in which we served did not have flood insurance because they were located in non-flood areas. Water was diverted by city planners to spare tens or thousands of homes, but it wreaked havoc on a few hundred homes in areas that don’t normally flood. A lot of the people impacted thought that they had weathered the worst of the storm, only to have their hopes dashed by the controlled response to divert the flood waters that followed the storm. Homeowners had just about given up hope when the church organizations started to respond and lend aid & assistance. One homeowner said she had given up all hope when out of her moment of desperation called out to God to save her and her family. That’s when our group of church volunteers showed up knocking at her front door the very next day. She was praising us and praising God at the same time; she said we were Angels God sent to help her. Please donate what you can to help these folks. -Curt

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