Response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Dear CrossNet Baptist Friends,
CrossNet Baptist Network continues to PRAY, GIVE & GO in responding to Hurricane Harvey & Hurricane Irma.  Thank you for your continued support.  There is great value in Networking and Partnerships.  Here are the Highlights & additional deployments to come at this time:
  • Through the Networking of our Director of Missions, Phil Taylor - he was able to place CrossNet Disaster Relief response in a strategic & immediate phase to deploy volunteers and send aid to Houston, TX (Union Baptist Association – a network of 500 Churches) and to Fruitland, FL to respond to Hurricane, FL. where 400 homes were damaged from winds and toppled w/fallen trees.
  • As a result, 3 CrossNet Baptist DR Relief Teams comprised of 25 Volunteers from 8 CrossNet Churches have already been deployed to Houston.  Our teams have manned our shower/laundry  trailer and performed flood recovery/cleanout on approx. 10 homes.
  • More than $20,000 so far has been given by our CrossNet Churches and Individuals to help the recovery and rebuild efforts in Houston through the Union Baptist Association and DR efforts in Florida
  • Our Shower/Laundry Trailer has now been in Houston for 2 weeks and will continue there until mid-October
  • Thank You DR Team Leaders: Jim Polier (FBC Cleveland), Robert Rymer (Mt. Carmel), Pastor Matt Ward (West Cleveland), Mike Finnell (Thompson Springs)
  • 3 More CrossNet DR Relief Teams are deploying in the next couple of days:
    • Fruitland, FL  - 2 Chainsaw Teams heading out Sept. 15 & 18 (15 volunteers – Bill McConnell, Team Leader from Westwood, Ron Chastain, TL from Waterville)
    • Houston, TX – A flood recovery team of 16 heading out on Sept. 18 including our friends from Shiloh Baptist Church in Polk County (16 volunteers – Pastor Earl Farris, TL from Georgetown Baptist)
  • September 24-30, Chainsaw Team needed for to respond to Florida (as needed), Team Leader – Ken Ritenour (423-618-8233). We need chainsaw operators, people who can pull brush
  • October 7-13 (Fall Break for City/County Schools), Flood Recovery Team to Houston open spots for this trip.  Team leader TBD
ABOUT THE DR MISSION TRIPS: We need volunteers (trained and non-trained) to help with the huge clean-up/mudout operation and chainsaw workthe need is monumental. On the ground training will be provided.  We might need a couple of cooks/kitchen crew volunteers for each of the trips above.  Showers, lodging, meals will be provided. We are securing Church vans and a few personal vehicles/trucks for these trips. Please let us know if you and your Church Van would be available.
Those wanting to Volunteer: email at, or call the CrossNet Baptist Office at 423-476-5493, or call Jim Polier (423-715-3036) or Steve Weber (423-593-8113)
GIVE - Your Church can still give financially to CrossNet Baptist Network and designate “Harvey/Irma Disaster Relief”.  Your gifts will go directly to the Union Baptist Association community of churches at ground zero and to the efforts in Florida.