Helping Houston
Published: October 23, 2017

A special messge from BMM President Vernon Rosenau:


Hurricane Maria news

World Relief has also helped churches that suffered damage in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Our World Relief: Hurricane fund remains open, and any contributions will help minister to people affected by the recent hurricanes.

Helping Houston

With a praise of “Jehovah Jireh!” our church-planting team in Katy, Texas, (Gerald and Julie Hawk and Dario and Talitha Chiesa) give thanks for funds and supplies God has provided through His people and for how He is using them to meet needs of flood victims in their Houston suburb.

Seventy percent of Katy was flooded, and ongoing home repairs needs are substantial. After the hurricane, the Hawks and Chiesas quickly moved to help neighbors tear out and replace soaked drywall. God provided two work teams. The first, from Ohio, came in September, and a team from Iowa is on-site the week of October 23. God also provided a good and fair contractor who has a heart to help others. He is from Argentina, where the Chiesas grew up, and he and his family plan to start a Bible study with the Chiesas.  

A church from Enid, Oklahoma, gathered supplies and funds and drove them to Katy. The Hawks and Chiesas distributed the items through an event where 40 flood-affected families attended. Through these contacts, our missionaries continue to help with the families’ needs, and several people have begun attending their English classes. Katy sits in the second-largest county of Latinos in the US, and the missionaries’ church plant, Good News Baptist, reaches American Hispanics as well as people from Cuba, Peru, El Salvador, Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Be part of the relief effort

If you or your church is interested in sending work teams, please contact Baptist Mid-Missions to ensure our missionaries receive the types of assistance that will be most beneficial to them. We continue to solicit funds for World Relief: Hurricane. 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: The mission team from First Baptist Church of Elyria, Ohio, replaces drywall in a flood-damaged home.