Due to the damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes that hit many parts of our city causing severe destruction, Primera Iglesia Bautista, the First Mexican Baptist Church of Dallas, was shook with the reality of this disastrous storm. Many families in their church body were forced to move to new areas, floundering to find a new normal during the chaotic aftermath.
Our Disaster Relief team has been in communication with Pastor Ricardo Brambila about how we can best support our neighboring church family. Since many parents couldn’t afford Christmas gifts for their children this year, we reserved some of the disaster relief funds for Christmas presents for those affected by the storms.
On December 16, Primera Iglesia Bautista families gathered in a room adorned with Christmas decor to feast as a group of Highland Park Pres members wrapped gifts in the rooms next door. Throughout the night, Christmas music was played and the children built gingerbread houses with members of our team. This event sprouted a connection that crossed over cultural and denominational lines as we celebrated the birth of our king, Jesus!
“This has been a huge help to the families that have been displaced by the storm,” Pastor Ricardo Brambila explained as he ushered over 200 people into the Christmas-themed dining hall. “We have been so thankful for HP Pres during this time!”
There is still a great need for help around Dallas. The best way to do that is by continuing to pray for those affected in our city and visiting hppres.org/disaster-relief. Here, you will see that we have set up a fund to assist with tornado relief in our city and service opportunities that are updated regularly.