Parker Baptist Disaster Relief Unit makes first test run
The Parker Baptist Disaster Relief Team gave its new Laundry Unit a test run beginning on March 11. The unit has been built over the last year by members of the DR team in a trailer that houses three washing machines and three dryers to serve as a support unit in disasters. An agreement has been signed with Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief to use the unit in support of TBM deployments to wash clothes for disaster volunteers and members of affected communities.
The DR Team gave the Laundry Unit its debut at Disaster Relief training on January 20 in Weatherford, where more than 50 volunteers were trained. The first opportunity to put the unit to work came in early March to support a mission group of more than 70 youth being housed at Normandale Baptist Church in Fort Worth. The Shower Unit from Denton Baptist Association set up to serve the team, and the Laundry Unit paired with the DBA team to wash the towels each day.
Team members set up on Sunday and Monday, then teams of volunteers staffed the unit each morning through Thursday. Volunteers worked to figure out best practices for setup, develop systems that make the unit work smoothly, and find parts of the operation that need to be fine tuned. Overall, the unit functioned well and the volunteers learned some valuable lessons that can prepare for the first disaster relief deployment.
Further opportunities are planned to help volunteers gain experience using the unit so that the team can effectively serve as a witness to the love of Jesus in future disasters. If you would like to be part of the PBA Disaster Relief Team, you can connect by calling our office at 817-599-6586.