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North Texas Methodists set missionary eyes on storm-battered brethren

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The North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church will start sending adult and teenage mission groups to hurricane-battered communities in the Rio Texas Conference in 2018, denomination officials have said. 

The North Texas Conference is the governing body that encompasses Denton County United Methodist congregations. The North Texas Conference will be recruiting people to serve communities in the Rio Texas Conference, which encompasses congregations in Corpus Christie, Rockport, Victoria and smaller Texas towns in between  in its Volunteers in Mission  program. The conferences are planning to be long-term partners in the hurricane recovery. 

About 3,000 homes were damaged by wind and flooding in the Rio Texas area during and after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast. Volunteers in Missions will need youth and adult mission teams to clear debris, do tape-and-bedding and drywall work, repair roofs, paint and more.

Local United Methodists and prospective volunteers can track the denomination's hurricane response. 

FEATURED IMAGE: The exterior of First Baptist Church of Rockport in Rockport, Texas on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Rockport is part of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, and the North Texas Conference has partnered with the Rio Texas conference in hurricane recovery, which is expected to take years.
Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News.