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Baton Rouge Disaster Relief Trip – January 8-14

On January 8, 8 men from GRR Disaster Relief Teams, Everett Meister & Gordon Frobish from Area III, Don Rogers from Area IV, Mark Nelson from Area V and Richard Ruyle, Tim Johnson, George Labadie and Terry Maurizio from Area II, traveled to Baton Rouge to help with the installation of insulation and drywall in homes affected by the flooding of August 2016.  We were joined by 4 men and 1 woman from West Virginia and 1 woman and 2 men from Indiana.  The picture below shows the full team with members from True Light Baptist Church.

Our team from GRR was assigned the home of Donna Rogers to insulate and drywall.  Pictured here are our team members with Donna and John, a Deacon from the church who delivered supplies to us.


Installing insulation and drywall in her home.

We then split up and Tim, George and I stayed at Donna’s home to finish the drywall while the rest of the team when to Donna’s mother’s home.

Following pictures of water mark and team working on this home.

Mark had knowledge of furnaces and was able to work on those in 2 homes and he got them working again.  Here he is shown coming down from the attic of one home after working on furnace.

One evening we visited Geraldine Terry’s home.  When the team of Richard Ruyle, George Labadie and myself went to Baton Rouge in November of 2016, we installed the insulation in her home.  When the GRR Team led by Brian Romanowski went down a week later, they completed the drywall installation.  The pictures below show the same room in her home in November and currently.  The walls have been mudded, taped and painted and she is having flooring people come in this week.

 On Thursday evening, the whole group went our to Parain’s Seafood Restaurant for supper.  Vicky Goff, American Baptist Churhes National Volunteer Coordinator joined us and stayed over to work with us the next day.

On our way home, we drove through a winter wonderland of ice on the trees and grass but the road was clear.


We were able to complete the installation of insulation and drywall in 2 homes and insulation in a 3rd.  An ABM Disaster Relief Team from Massachusetts was flying in to work this week.  They will continue where we left off.  Jack Cobb was talking about trying to get more teams to come down sometime in March.  There is probably enough work left to keep teams busy most of this year.

 In His Service,

Terry Maurizio

Photo’s of Disaster Relief Effort in Baton Rouge Dec 2016

Update on Lodge Grass Work Party

The general contractor, plumber, and Electrician will be here this morning.  Should be able to have a better on site info.

The plumber is going to finish the drains and vents, electrician is going to mount the meter loop and connect up the breaker box.

Will also have kitchen info we need.  I started to do some wring on sat, most of two rooms done.  Big thing for electrical is lighting.





Good morning;


As the incoming President of ABMen USA I am continuing in my effort to connect with mens ministry contacts and region ministry contacts within my direct area.   I do apologize if these emails seem pestering to your office as I only want to find the best contact to get the word out quickly and to the correct people.  Any assistance or suggestions of who I should speak to and how we may communicate with your Region are always appreciated.




ABMen USA earlier this month at its Annual Meeting agreed to enter into a continuing relationship of support for Bacone College as we (ABMen USA) continue to re-affirm our ABC ministry and mission support throughout the country.


Recently Jack Cobb our National Disaster Relief Coordinator issued a call for help following a tornado event that directly hit the college campus in July 2016, the 2nd tornado to strike the campus since last Christmas.  A link to this story can be found using the following URL which can be pasted into your browser: . I initially sent this information to most of my data base but realize many have been busy with end of summer and family obligations.


An initial team of 3-4 men from West Virginia has arrived on campus over the weekend to continue repairs that ABMen began in early June. I am hoping to get word out again ASAP to any that may have time or desire to assist in the current efforts and I would ask if there is any one you might suggest that I might speak with in the mens ministry’s of your Region that also might be willing or wanting to participate with this call.




Currently the call for a ABM USA disaster relief in response to assist in the Louisiana flooding clean up is in a standby pattern as we wait for word from ABHMS, VOAD or other local entity who will work with ABMen USA to organize the call of our ministry.  We typically follow this protocol in order to make sure there are specific contacts in place for our teams when they travel in response to a disaster such as this and to insure the logistics of where and when we report.  This would also include insurance coverage, food and housing options if made available.   If we are activated for this disaster I will be sure to immediately assist Jack Cobb in getting the word out in our area.


If any teams from your area might be already planning a response independently or through connections they already have in place to the area please update me as well if you think about it so we can offer any resources ABMen might also have available to them, if possible.


First Crow Indian Baptist Church – Lodge Grass, Montana 


ABMen USA is working with the local pastor and ABHMS to coordinate help to install HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing services within the First Crow Indian Baptist Church new church building in Lodge Grass, Montana the end of September and first of October as noted on the attached flyer and bulletin insert.  Please consider whether any interest exists in responding to this ABMen request for help prior to the Montana winter sets in.  For information you may contact Cody Pollington directly or Luck Ray, ABMen USA Executive Director.

Thank you for all you do for all of our ABC ministries. 

Striving to be the hands and feet of Jesus,


Bob Slechta

12736 Martha St

Omaha NE 68144

402-677-0618 (C)