Contact Robert.Copeland@theharbor.life for more information.
what does HRT do? who can join?
You may be better qualified than you realize!
"We want to respond with the hope of Jesus, in the moments where the conditions at hand have caused distress in the hearts of our neighbors."
Who: Any man or woman who is 18 years or older and has gone through our training.
*Note: We will often partner with TBM on disaster relief and when we do, if you are not “Yellow Cap” certified you will not be able to participate.
When: Whenever a need arises, and we feel the Lord leading us to go. We will not be able to make every disaster or to help every single person in need, though we wish we could!
If you are trained and on the Harbor Response Team, then you have the option to go when we make the call to go and help. Just because you are on the Harbor Response Team does not mean you have to go every time the team goes out. We hope to build a long list of people who are trained and ready to respond.
Where: Again, we would love to help everyone, everywhere, but realistically most aid to others will take place in an approximate four hour drive time radius.
Why: We want to respond with the hope of Jesus, in the moments where the conditions at hand have caused distress in the hearts of our neighbors.
You may be thinking to yourself, "I don’t know how to work a chainsaw, I’m not good at building, and I don’t know how to use a lot of tools." The Harbor Response Team has the opportunity to serve in so many different ways that DOES include mucking out houses and clearing debris. BUT there are so many other ways to serve, such as food prep, helping people box up belongings, childcare, helping with laundry, temporary roof installation, damage assessment, and serving in a chaplain type roll. Though most importantly our desire is that everyone who serves on the Harbor Response team sees themselves as a missionary going out into the field with their first priority being to share the good news of Jesus. We do not want people thinking that they are going out to serve as just a warm body doing labor. The Harbor Response will be a team that responds to hurt, chaos, and hopelessness with love, peace, and hope that is only found in and through Jesus.
PARTNERSHIPSWe are excited we currently have two partnerships in and around our response ministry. We will partner with them, and them with us, when we see it will better help those we are serving and make our response team more efficient. We feel blessed to partner with these organizations because we know their vision for serving matches ours. That vision is that we share the “little b” (‘b’ standing for bread-meeting physical needs) so we can more effectively share the “big B” (Jesus the Bread of Life).
Texas Baptist Men (TBM) - TBM empowers Christians to take on the biggest challenges around the globe, changing the world one radical act of service and compassion at a time. Since 1967, TBM volunteers have delivered help, hope, and healing to millions of hurting people and raising up the next generation to do likewise. As a result of its service, TBM has helped start and train disaster relief groups in all 50 states. TBM is the third-largest disaster relief network in the nation. TBM has responded to every natural disaster in Texas since 1967 and many beyond it, including the Southeast Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the September 11 terrorist attacks, to name a few.
Once you are “Yellow Cap” certified, you can serve on any TBM serve that you would like, even if the Harbor Response Team does not respond.
4B Disaster Response Network - The 4B Disaster Response Network (4B DRN) exists to mobilize a network of churches to reflect the gospel of Jesus Christ by serving people affected by disaster in the 4B area (from the Beltway to the Beach and the Bay to Brazoria County.) Business partners, local agencies and community support play a vital role in our mission through the generosity of in-kind donations, monetary gifts and volunteer assistance.
There is always a need and always a chance to sever with 4B. Click HERE to volunteer at any time with 4B.