Prayers for Uvalde Schools, Water Emergency in MS & Campers on Mission
Baptist General Convention of Texas leaders are joining the Uvalde Ministerial Alliance in calling churches across the state to participate in a time of prayer on Sunday, Sept. 4, for the community’s families and children as they prepare for the first day of school on Sept. 6. Nearly 150-thousand residents of Jackson, Mississippi are struggling with a shortage of drinking water and potable water as issues at the city’s main water treatment are wreaking havoc. And, Rick and Cindy Truesdail’s retirements a few years ago came with plans. They took their camper and drove to Florida, setting up close to the beach. The couple prepared to take life easy.
Baptist General Convention of Texas leaders are joining the Uvalde Ministerial Alliance in calling churches across the state to participate in a time of prayer on Sunday, Sept. 4, for the community’s families and children as they prepare for the first day of school on Sept. 6.
The call to prayer is in response to the mass shooting on May 24, when 19 students and two teachers were fatally shot at Robb Elementary School.
The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District delayed the first day of school to Sept. 6, but as students and teachers prepare to return to school, worries over safety, grief and student development remain.
Families who were affected directly will need particularly high levels of support during this time, he added.
Nearly 150-thousand residents of Jackson, Mississippi are struggling with a shortage of drinking water and potable water as issues at the city’s main water treatment are wreaking havoc.
Hubert Yates, director of disaster relief for Mississippi Baptists, said the state has largely taken over the water distribution efforts by declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard. But he added that Mississippi Baptists remain on standby to help the state with water distribution if requested.
State convention staff remains in “assessment mode,” Yates said. Staff members will meet with local churches Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 30) to determine how they can help.
Shawn Parker, executive director for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, said the state convention’s office, located in Jackson, will be closed through at least this Thursday (Sept. 1) due to a lack of usable water.
He said there is a “strong likelihood,” that churches in Jackson will not be able to meet in their buildings this upcoming Sunday.
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Rick and Cindy Truesdail’s retirements a few years ago came with plans. They took their camper and drove to Florida, setting up close to the beach. The couple prepared to take life easy.
In 2019 a friend introduced them to Campers on Mission, a national ministry that includes many Southern Baptists. Chapters exist in 30 states and look for ways to connect missions opportunities to those who have made life on the open road anything but temporary.
Campers on Mission travel the country helping with local projects are churches and community centers. Along the way they look for ways to share the joy they find in Jesus.
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