Helping Houston
Published: September 11, 2017

A special messge from BMM President Vernon Rosenau:


Helping Houston

Hurricane Irma news

Baptist Mid-Missions has many contacts in Florida through EBI (our Spanish publications ministry) in Sebring, our Campus Bible Fellowship International missionaries Ken and Marty Taylor in Miami, and many BMM retirees. Most have suffered power losses, but we’ve received word from several that they are safe. As soon as we can assess needs in Florida, we’ll post updates. Our World Relief: Hurricane fund remains open, and any contributions will help minister to people in both Texas and Florida.

Hurricane Harvey update

In Katy, Texas, the Houston suburb where Gerald and Julie Hawk and Dario and Talitha Chiesa serve, 70 percent of the city flooded. God protected the Hawk and Chiesa homes, enabling our missionaries to more fully minister to the people of Katy. Their church plant, Good News Baptist Church, sustained some damage that they are already addressing.

In the past two weeks, Gerald, Dario, and Dario’s son have helped tear out drywall from flooded homes and from their church. Julie and Talitha and other church women are assembling gift baskets that include tracts, a booklet on suffering, gift cards, and food items. In the past week, these ministries have put the Hawks and Chiesas in touch with many hurting people who suffered the loss of lives, homes, and vehicles.

The needs are tremendous, and we anticipate our Houston response to continue for several months or more. Our missionaries plan to first help church people, then the immediate community, then a further radius of contacts as funds allow. Their first work team arrives in mid-September. Baptist Church Planters in Elyria, Ohio, is partnering with Baptist Mid-Missions to help with these extensive rebuilding projects. Note: Please contact BMM before planning any food/supply drives or work team trips so that we can ensure our missionaries receive the help they need in the timeframes that will be most beneficial.

We continue to solicit funds for World Relief: Hurricane, which will be distributed through the Hawks and Chiesas as they minister the gospel of Jesus Christ in tangible ways. You may give to the World Relief—Hurricane fund through any of these options:

Online (Choose “World Relief” then “Hurricane” from the pulldown menus.)

By phone—440-826-3930

By check—payable to Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation with “World Relief—Hurricane” on the memo line. Mail to Baptist Mid-Missions, PO Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130-8011.

Thank you for your faithful partnership in prayer and giving. In times of tragedy, your help opens eyes and hearts to the goodness of God and the reality of His gift of salvation. 


Top Photo: Texas Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West from

Article Photo: Talitha Chiesa and Julie Hawk with one of the gift baskets created for people in need.