Samaritan's Purse is deploying south of Austin to help victims of floods and fires.
Samaritan’s Purse staff and a disaster relief unit—a tractor-trailer stocked with generators, tools, and supplies for our work—are on the ground in Bastrop County, Texas, to help homeowners affected by wildfires and flooding in the past month. The town of Bastrop is the county seat and is located about 30 miles southeast of the Texas capital, Austin.
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It’s been a tough several weeks for residents who’ve endured 97-degree heat (October 12) and fires followed by torrential rain (October 24-25) with subsequent floods. Over the past few years, the county has been subjected to several natural disasters, including a tornado/flood event this past Memorial Day and a 2011 inferno that destroyed more than 1,600 homes.
Most of our help to the county, which is bisected by the Colorado River, will be in the form of mudouts and chainsaw work, with some skid-steer work. Our base church is River Valley Christian Fellowship in Bastrop.
Please be in prayer for Bastrop County residents affected by these weather events. Pray also for our staff, the Rapid Response chaplains, and for volunteers who will be serving devastated homeowners.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NKJV).
Article updated 11-11-2015.