I spent much of today with Texas Baptist men and women who are ministering in the wake of two tornadoes that struck Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico.
The second storm devastated an 8-square block section of Piedras Negras. In the last few years, I’ve seen the aftermath of floods, tsunamis and hurricanes. I haven’t seen devastation like I saw in this part of Piedras Negras since I was walking along the shore of Sri Lanka where a tsunami left a village in rubble as far as the eye could see.
One BGCT employee ministering in Piedras Negras said the area looked “like a bomb exploded.” Another described it as looking like a “war zone.” Those descriptions are accurate. Trees are cut in two by sheet-metal. Cars have been flipped upside down and carried blocks over. Most of the houses have been destroyed. Days after the tornado hit, limbs still are strewn everywhere.
The residents of Piedras Negras continue talking about where they were when the tornado touched down. They’re processing what has happened by sharing their stories. Many people still seem to be shock, spending significant portions of their day trying to make sense of what happened.
In the midst of all the tragedy, Texas Baptists are ministering to the hurting. Texas Baptist Menvolunteers are providing thousands of free meals and cutting tree limbs. BGCT staff members are coordinating relief efforts and are bringing in trained counselors. Buckner is bringing in a load of clothing and food. A group of Baptist University of the Americas students spent Thursday counseling victims, praying with them and serving them food.
The recovery process will be a long one. I have no doubt that Texas Baptists will be part of that process in whatever ways they can. Please pray for Piedras Negras and Eagle Pass. Pray for those who are ministering there and those who God already is calling to serve in the area.
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