A year after tornadoes struck, families still need help

By March 24, 2008

USA (MNN) — At least 21 families in Eagle Pass, Texas, are still living in homes damaged by a tornado that ripped through their town last year. Finally, help is on the way.

Buckner Child and Family Services
is participating in a project this summer involving churches of several denominations that want to help. The Interfaith Recovery Effort needs volunteers to help with carpentry projects such as hanging sheetrock, pounding nails, roofing, and installing doors.

An opportunity also is available for those interested in teaching a
Vacation Bible School. Groups are encouraged to commit sooner than
later so that other summer plans don't interfere with the possibility
of helping in Eagle Pass.

The First Baptist Church in Eagle Pass has provided supplies and offered lodging for church groups at $10 per person per night. Groups who want to participate are free to bring additional building materials if they are able, but this is not required. Any physical help is
greatly needed to get the job done.

“Any size church could come and help, but it is something financially accessible for smaller churches who might not be able to afford a mission project,” said Dexton Shores, director of Buckner ministry development in Mexico and the border.

Interfaith Recovery Effort is a unique project that brings together churches of various denominations to collaborate in a service project.

Buckner encourages churches to consider this as a summer mission trip for their youth or senior citizens. Everyone can help. 

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