A program called Bounce was put into place as a ministry program by Texas Baptists to assist with disaster relief. This initiative has taken place in Texas throughout the past five summers employing the labor of children in grades six through 12. Work sites are organized and led by construction leadership from individuals and local organizations to provide no-cost, knowledgeable construction assistance to those impacted by natural disasters.
The week of June 18, the program included several work sites in the Kingwood area and was sponsored by Kingwood First Baptist Church.
“It is an honor for Kingwood First Baptist Church to host and participate in Bounce and to help our community recover from Harvey. Through the efforts of so many people, especially these students, our community will continue to bounce back from disaster stronger than we were before,” said Brian Pearce, student pastor at Kingwood First Baptist Church.
The program was first begun by David Scott, a former staff member of Texas Baptists. Bounce has several week-long projects throughout the summer. This season, the teams and sites focused on Harvey relief for families and homeowners that would not otherwise be able to afford the materials or labor costs.
“The sites we manned focused on the families that needed the most assistance in Kingwood, New Caney and Northeast Houston inside Beltway 8 off Gulf Bank Road,” said Pearce. “The type of assistance the families received included, but was not limited to, sheetrock hanging, floor repairing or replacement, new roof installation, debris cleanup and removal, and more.”
The work done by the teams allowed families to return to their normal routines as they existed before Harvey.
The goal of the Bounce program is to show the love of Jesus Christ to those in need through service and witnessing through action. Each person involved serves as an example to local families and organization members by what they say, what they do and how they carry out activities, Pearce explained.
“Young people who commit themselves to the Lord and his work have the capacity to do amazing things for others,” said Pearce. “It is simply love for God who has given our students salvation through Jesus Christ that compels them to take a week of their summer vacation, pay a registration fee, sleep on the floor and work hard construction labor in the Texas sun for people they have never met.”