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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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  • Volunteers in Haiti transcend earthquake's heartbreak

    by Don Graham, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FOND PARISIEN, Haiti (BP)--She doesn't remember much, but Louphine Demorcy won't ever forget the sound -- like a runaway freight train roaring beneath her feet.

          "I heard the voice of the earthquake coming," the 31-year-old mother of three said. "I called out for Jesus to save me."

          The next thing Demorcy knew she was lying under a pile of broken concrete that once housed her small sundries shop in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It was Jan. 13 -- the morning after Jan. 12's 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

          Demorcy tried to move but couldn't. One of her arms had been crushed and pinned by a chunk of concrete the size of a dishwasher. A leg was also trapped under rubble. The pain was excruciating. She screamed for help, pleading for a doctor.

          Two months later Demorcy sits quietly under a tree at a field hospital near Haiti's border with the Dominican Republic. Merry Holt, a 62-year-old nurse from First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., kneels beside her, gently wrapping fresh bandages around Demorcy's right arm, amputated above the elbow, and left leg, amputated above the knee.

          Holt is part of a six-member medical team who have come to Haiti through Baptist Global Response, a nonprofit disaster relief and development organization supported by Southern Baptists, and a key partner in relief efforts with the International Mission Board (IMB). Their mission is to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. Read More

  • Collegian undeterred from serving in Haiti

    by Don Graham, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FOND PARISIEN, Haiti (BP)--Heath Stone knew God wanted him in Haiti. Problem was, nobody would help him go.

          The 19-year-old pre-med student at the University of Tennessee called just about every relief organization he could think of, to no avail. There simply wasn't any opportunity available in Haiti that coincided with his spring break. Read More

  • In Haiti on spring break

    by Don Graham, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    CARREFOUR, Haiti (BP)--Andre Dorlette scans the heap of shattered concrete and twisted rebar that once was his family's home in Haiti. Read More

  • Student volunteers needed in Haiti

    by Don Graham, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Wondering what to do with your summer? The International Mission Board needs students willing to spend two weeks serving in Haiti.

    IMB is sounding an urgent call for 275 Christian students to work with children displaced by the earthquake that struck the island nation Jan. 12.

    Beginning May 15, the IMB will send teams of 25 student volunteers to spend two weeks ministering to children in refugee camps, orphanages, schools and villages near Haiti's border with the Do... Read More

  • Polish student shares faith with those back home via e-mail, Skype

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Filip Blank feels the gravity of the tragic plane crash involving high-ranking Polish political, military and religious leaders.

    Blank spent the first 20 years of his life in Poland before moving to the United States with his family and subsequently enrolling at Midwestern Baptist College, SBC, in Kansas City, Mo.

    The family left Poland before the current administration was elected. Although Blank feels somewhat disconnected in an emotional way, he voiced a burde... Read More

  • DAY 75: Contact officials to free Silsby

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--Laura Silsby, the last remaining Baptist volunteer still in a Haiti prison, entered her 75th straight day in jail Wednesday. Read More

  • GCRTF chair: CP 'central, preferred conduit;' Survey response: 77 % would vote 'no'

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program will remain "the central and preferred conduit of Great Commission funding" if the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report is adopted by messengers to the SBC annual meeting in June, the chairman of that committee said April 13.

    Establishing a "Great Commission Giving" category of missions funding only celebrates what else is being done outside the Cooperative Program to fund Southern Baptist missions causes,... Read More

  • Theaters may pull 'Letters to God' soon

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, April 14, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--If you're planning on seeing the faith-based film "Letters to God" and haven't done so yet, you may want to hurry.

    Theater owners are "threatening to take the movie out of theaters" unless it draws in more viewers in coming days, particularly this weekend, the movie's director, David Nixon, said in a video posted on the Letters to God website.

    The problem is that while the film finished No. 10 in overall gross -- a number championed in some Christian circles -- i... Read More