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  • BGR assessing Indonesia's needs after tsunami

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 01, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    PALU, Indonesia (BP) -- Baptist Global response is assessing needs on Indonesia's Sulawesi island after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami Sept. 28 killed at least 1,200 people, with the death toll expected to rise. More than 1.5 million people have been affected, according to initial reports.

    Volunteers prepared a mass grave for 1,300 in the hills above hard-hit Palu, Indonesia, the BBC reported, and decomposition forced at least one local hospital to begin burying bodies before relatives could pick up remains of their loved ones. The main airport in Palu was damaged, landsides have blocked roads and power outages are widespread. Read More

  • BGR ready when 2nd earthquake struck Indonesia

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    LOMBOK, Indonesia (BP) -- A team trained by Baptist Global Response (BGR) was already at work on Indonesia's Lombok island when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake with strong aftershocks hit Sunday (Aug. 5), killing nearly 100 people.

    The team from BGR's Singapore office had deployed to the resort island several days before after a 6.4-magnitude quake had rocked Lombok on July 29, killing 16.

    "The team had gone in to do that first assessment, and that assessment work ... Read More

  • Venezuela's economic crisis prompts BGR relief

    by Casey Watson, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    VENEZUELA (BP) -- Baptist Global Response (BGR) is organizing relief efforts to help starving families trapped in Venezuela's current economic crisis.

    The country's economic output is expected to shrink by 15 percent this year, which would be the third consecutive year it has decreased by double digits, reported. And inflation has reportedly grown from 112 percent in 2015 to 2,400 percent last year. In 2018, it's expected to hit five-digits. Read More

  • After Irma, Baptists already issuing food in Caribbean

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (2 years 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