Emergency Relief

Disaster Relief and Recovery

By Mark Roye

Mark RoyeFor the last 20 years my wife, Susie and I have given our lives to serving in the inner-city of San Antonio, Texas.  Little did we know that it would prepare us for the disaster relief work that we have been doing for more than 15 years.  We have learned how to help people and communities through times of crisis following a disaster and then effectively recover.  It can be a hurricane, tornado, flood, fire, typhoon or even an earthquake. We have worked in the aftermath of all of these.

Our partnership and friendship with Doug Stringer and the Somebody Cares America organization, has been a very kingdom building relationship.  When you look at the scope of any disaster, it is always bigger than any one organization.  Many times I am asked how do we go about responding in a time of disaster.

First of all, we believe that it is always about establishing relationships.  Relationship with God, as an agent of compassion, and relationship with Kingdom minded people comprise a great combination.  We need people who build the Kingdom of God and not their own kingdoms. That may sound odd, but there are times when churches and ministries are in it for themselves, not their community.

My role with Somebody Cares, is to be one of the first people on the ground. After a disaster, I am sent in, to find a location that can be used as a base to collect and distribute whatever is needed. As time passes and the recovery continues, the needs of the community changes.  Let me share with you some practical stages of emergency relief.

Relief is the first stage of the work that we always begin with.  When I say relief, I mean the beginning of providing the basic things needed after a disaster has hit an area.  It can be meals, water, toiletries or cleaning supplies.  This is always the greatest time of crisis, because communications and distribution of everyday items have been disrupted.  It is total chaos, which I have found is something that I thrive in.  I love watching God move to help people.

Ignite Chruch, TXWe believe that the local church is relationally prepared to help in a time of disaster.  Because of this, we always begin our response by finding a local church that is willing to be an agent of compassion for the sake of the Kingdom and their community.  I begin by looking for a man or woman of peace who wants to help by building bridges.

We will be begin to assess the needs of the local community, then get the word out to our network partners.  We work with a variety of aid organizations to get supplies into the disaster area.  We will set up Points Of Distribution, where supplies can be brought in and distributed to people in need.  This can last a few weeks to even months, depending on the scope of disaster.

AidRecovery is the second stage of emergency relief work.  This begins when we see self sustainability return to the area.  Progress has been made when people have found a way to survive and meet their basic needs in the aftermath of the disaster.  Many of these people may be still be staying in some form of shelter or have moved out of the affected area. This is often when volunteer groups come in and begin to help in the clean up effort. Food will still be needed for both aid workers and disaster victims. The needs change from basic survival items to resources and tools to begin clean up and restoration. Items needed may be trash bags, gloves, tools, chainsaws and other like items.  Usually thousands of volunteers come in to help.  All of this requires planning and a very fluid leadership to be the most effective.

SuppliesRebuilding is the last stage.  I am sure you understand that this is the longest part of any recovery.  With each stage, more skilled help is needed.  In this stage, we will begin to bring building materials for those who may have no insurance or are under insured.  Our goal, is to identify and serve the greatest in need. It may be the elderly, or the poor that have limited resources. In this stage, the local partnering church will determine how long they desire to continue in the relief work.  It is at this stage, when many local pastors come together, and work to rebuild their community.

This is a very short overview of the emergency relief work that we do.  But let me say, Compassion is Action.  We love getting to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need.

In His Service,

Mark Roye

GEM Missions Partners

Here are a few of the ministries that GEM Missions works with to bring aid, relief and the Gospel of Christ to those in need throughout the world.

Roads of Success

Roads of Success is a ministry that serves internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the underprivileged throughout the Middle East and globally. They have recently raised money to provide 100 families in Syria who have been displaced with a heater for their home, and they are also continually providing support for those impacted by the recent earthquake disaster.



INFIRE is a ministry embedded in areas of conflict, trafficking, and persecution around the world to apply solutions to protect and empower children through peaceful strategies to end the cycles of violence. One of their projects includes creating food security for their children’s homes in Myanmar through purchasing rice paddies that provide for these children even during times of conflict and shortage.

Mark Roye

BloodnFire San Antonio

Mark and Susie Roye are the founding directors of Somebody Cares San Antonio, and BloodnFire San Antonio. Mark and Susie are devoted to compassion ministry and faith based social services fulltime, and have been in full-time ministry for 35 years. When you work in a radical situation, you need a radical name! We’re ministering in the midst of poverty, violence, degradation, with rampant unemployment and under-employment. We need the Blood of Jesus and the fire of the Holy Spirit.

People Loving Nashville

PLN serves Nashville’s unhoused, underserved, and most vulnerable communities by bringing relief, community, connection, and restoration in bringing love and dignity to our neighbors. Strong relationships with the Nashville community is vital. PLN links arms with trusted volunteers, churches, & partners ​who provide immediate needs & long-term solutions.