TBM: Texans on Mission volunteers pray before our mobile Command Center pulls out of the Dallas warehouse for service in the Panhandle.

Worst fire in Texas history demands big response

The Texas Panhandle is burning, and TBM: Texans on Mission is rushing volunteers and water to the scene.

“This is devastating. Our volunteers live all over Texas, and those in the Panhandle quickly responded,” said David Wells, Texans on Mission Disaster Relief Director. “They were in Fritch Tuesday night as the city evacuated and about 100 homes were damaged or destroyed.”

Texans on Mission volunteers beyond the Panhandle are now heading to the scene. A mobile Command Center and staff are en route, as well as two shower/laundry units and assessors.

“This is the first wave,” Wells said. “The Command Center provides a communications hub for our volunteers so we can put them in the best position to serve. The assessors are in the field gathering specific information for our volunteer teams, and the shower/laundry units will serve Texas Task Force 1 and others over a multi-day deployment.”

Additional Texans on Mission units are on standby and expected to be deployed soon – fire/flood recovery, feeding, chaplain, heavy equipment, chainsaw, asset protection, electronic support, box and others.

Thursday morning, pallets of bottled water left Texans on Mission’s Dallas headquarters headed to the Panhandle.

Mickey Lenamon, executive director/CEO, asked Texans to pray for the people living and suffering through this disaster. And he asked people to also pray for TBM volunteers.

“This is a dangerous situation,” Lenamon said. “The days ahead will require long hours of service in a sensitive situation. People have lost everything they own. They're looking for help. But they're also looking for hope for the days ahead.

"Please pray that Texans on Mission volunteers can provide the practical help people need and can point people to Christ, who brings hope and healing. Whether you are on a team serving or are praying from your home, each of us has a role when Texans on Mission responds after a disaster."

To support Texans on Mission’s response financially, visit tbmtx.org/panhandle.