The coronavirus is a threat unlike any humanity has faced before. There is much we don't know; therefore there is much we don't know to expect. As TBM has responded to disasters throughout Texas, across the country and around the world since 1967, we stand commited to deliver help, hope and healing in the midst of this crisis.
TBM leaders are in continuous contact with national, state and regional officials in regards of this situation. We are responding on two fronts.
Meeting hunger needs
- Working with food banks and ministries, we are providing 100,000 meals for the suddenly unemployed during the COVID-19 crisis.
- TBM Disaster Relief volunteers are sorting, packing and distributing food for people who have lost their jobs and are struggling in the midst of this crisis.
- Partnering with churches, we have donated soap to meet the needs of the vulnerable as well as seniors.
Protecting medical professionals and first responders
- We have sent 10,000 N-95 masks that are in short supply, 2,000 biohazard suits and four decontamination tents to Texas emergency management to distribute to hospitals and first responders across the state. We also have provided 5,000 additional masks as well as disinfectant and gloves to fire departments and EMS workers statewide who are serving our communities.
- TBM delivered 1,200 pairs of protective glasses and four pallets of plastic sheeting to Baylor Scott & White Health Faith in Action Initiatives for distribution throughout the health system as it prepares for a possible widespread response.
- Provided protective masks to one of the largest non-profit providers of senior care in the state.
How can you help?
A response as potentially large as this one will require the entire state working together. This is an opportunity to live out our faith and share the love of Christ in a very practical way. We will need as many volunteers as possible to meet the need.
- Pray. Petition God for comfort and protection. In troubling times, remember God is with us and loves us.
- Support the ministry. Unfortunately, this response will be expensive. We will work through our partners to respond as effectively as possible, but significant financial support will be needed. 100 percent of disaster relief donations support disaster relief ministry.
- Be ready to respond. For this unique situation, expect the unexpected. Look for ways to individually respond to needs around you. When local leaders ask for TBM's assistance, be ready to serve there as well. If you'd like to help with the transportation of food, email Rand Jenkins at Rand.Jenkins@tmbtx.org.
Resources to help churches share the gospel:
Churches are ministering in unchartered territory as all of us seek to act responsibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Limits on the size of groups that can meet creates challenges for congregations and Christ-followers. Below are some articles to help individuals and churches continue to share the gospel and make disciples in the middle of a global pandemic.
- In times of uncertainty, people are looking for help and hope. You can provide both by sharing your faith. Learn the basics of online evangelism and begin looking for ways God is working in this time.
- The Great Commission doesn't go away because of the things going on around us. Christ commanded us to make disciples to the ends of the eart. In this timely article, learn how the mission field is wider than ever before despite social distancing.
- Despite social distancing, your congregation's Bible studies and small groups can continue to meet, thanks to technology. In fact, they may be the single most important way for your church to serve others throughout this time of uncertainty. Discover how your Bible study can continue gathering in this practical primer.
- TBM is hosting online prayer gatherings 24/7 throughout the pandemic, lifting up needs and asking for God's comfort to be with all of us. Click here to participate in the gatherings.
- Easter is April 12, and TBM is giving you a way to prepare your heart to celebrate the Resurrection. Get your free Holy Week devotional guide at TBMTX.org/Easter.