PBA Disaster Relief Unit ends its first deployment
The PBA Disaster Relief Unit ended a 24-day deployment on July 22 as part of the Texas Baptist relief effort in South Texas. TBM volunteers spent almost a month completing clean-out operations on hundreds of flooded homes in the Weslaco area. Volunteers were based at the Valley Baptist Retreat Center in Mission.
The PBA laundry unit was deployed to the Retreat Center in support of clean-out teams, which spent their days cleaning mud and debris from houses. A total of ten volunteers from five different churches served on the laundry unit in teams of two, with each team spending a week on site. They completed 164 loads of laundry for TBM volunteers during the deployment period.
The DR team debuted the laundry unit at a training event in January, and gave it a trial run earlier in the spring. This was the first time for the unit to be involved on a disaster site. It was hot, and there were a lot of first-time bugs to work out in the operation of the trailer. Our team will take the lessons learned from the Weslaco operation to improve procedures and make the unit run more efficiently.
In May, Mark Randall accepted leadership of the PBA Disaster Relief ministry. Mark and his wife Frances recently moved to Weatherford from The Colony, where Mark led the operation of the Denton Association shower unit. He will direct improvement and maintenance of the unit, as well as direct call-outs for future deployments.
Thanks to all of our volunteers for demonstrating the flexibility and servant spirit needed to get the job done, and for making our initial deployment a success.
PBA Disaster Relief is a ministry composed of volunteers from Association churches, and supported by the churches in the PBA network. Anyone interested in Disaster Relief service can watch our communications for future training opportunities, or check out the TBM Training Calendar to look for a training event near you.