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  • After Irma, Baptists already issuing food in Caribbean

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Food and water shortages in the Caribbean are being relieved by Southern Baptist partners and disaster relief workers nearly a week after Hurricane Irma trampled islands and killed at least 38 people.

    Baptist Global Response (BGR) is already distributing food in Cuba, where Irma hit 13 of the 15 provinces. The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to transport a feeding unit to Puerto Rico, BGR CEO Jeff Palmer told Baptist Press today (Sept. 12). Read More

  • In Irma-shattered Caribbean, Baptists arrive to help

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (4 months ago) screen capture
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (BP) -- Days after Hurricane Irma killed at least 34 people and destroyed entire communities in the Caribbean and West Indies, Southern Baptist partners are on site assessing the most urgent needs for assistance.

    A Baptist Global Response disaster assessment and response team arrived Sunday night (Sept. 10) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, BGR CEO Jeff Palmer told Baptist Press today, and is working in cooperation with the North American Mission Board to meet the immediate life-preserving needs of ... Read More

  • Irma puts Bapt. DR on alert amid Harvey aid

    by Brandon Elrod and Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The second major hurricane threatening the U.S. within two weeks has Southern Baptists and their partners actively preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma, even as Harvey recovery efforts hunker down for the long haul.

    With flood waters still standing in some parts of Texas, and Category 5 Irma churning, President Trump has declared states of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More

  • Adoptee's first act of love: aiding his homeland

    by Lily Jameson, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- People huddled in blankets near Ha Tsolosa, Lesotho. The January rain drizzled around them, a sign the recent drought was ending. The lack of rain had lasted two years and had devastated crops so badly many villagers had run out of food.

    Soon, aid workers -- both foreign and local -- started unloading relief items including bags of mealie (corn meal), oil and beans from trucks.

    But one worker looked a little different to the crowd. Read More

  • BGR celebrates 10th anniversary

    by BGR Staff, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist Global Response (BGR) is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in a big way -- with a campaign to raise $100,000 for people in need.

    Since 2007, the humanitarian aid organization has been partnering with Southern Baptist donors to fund disaster relief and community development projects around the world. And, BGR hopes to celebrate the milestone in August by raising $10,000 for each year of service, reaching a total of $100,000. Read More

  • Hurricane Matthew: Cuba is BGR's focus

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 07, 2016 (one year ago)

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    BARACOA, Cuba (BP) -- Though media reports of Hurricane Matthew's devastation in the Caribbean have tended to spotlight Haiti, the Southern Baptist humanitarian organization Baptist Global Response plans to focus its relief efforts on Cuba, where the damage reportedly is "massive" and humanitarian aid more sparse. Read More

  • Haiti, Cuba lashed by Hurricane Matthew

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 (one year ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP) -- Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4, destroying homes, fields and businesses and driving thousands from their homes in a part of the Caribbean where many people already struggle day by day just to survive.

    Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist humanitarian organization, is monitoring the situation in both countries to determine what response might be most appropriate and effective. Read More

  • Global Hunger Sunday promotion resources available

    by BGR staff , posted Friday, September 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist humanitarian aid organization, has published a new media kit to help churches promote Global Hunger Sunday on Oct. 9.

    The kit contains a poster, promotional video, announcement slide, three versions of a bulletin insert and three hunger-related sermon outlines. Southern Baptist churches can use these resources to raise awareness about Global Hunger Sunday, an annual giving event for Global Hunger Relief (GHR). Formerly known as the World Hunger Fund, GHR is a Southern Baptist initiative that funds hunger projects in North America ... Read More

  • Pastor's new bride a '12-cow kind of girl'

    by Lily Jameson, posted Monday, January 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    NEW CASTLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky Baptist church got involved in an unusual fundraiser just before its pastor Daniel Lowry married his wife. The congregation ended up paying more than $1,500 for him to be able to say "I do" in October.

    For the previous two years, Lowry's wife -- the former Kristen Sayres -- had served overseas as co-director for the Naivasha Children's Shelter in Naivasha, Kenya, which rehabilitates homeless boys and tries to reintegrate them into their families. Sayres had spent a total of seven years in Kenya, a country in which grooms normally give large sums of money to their Read More