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  • Mission team 'safe' 10 miles from Fuego's eruption

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    ESCUINTLA CITY, Guatemala (BP) -- A Southern Baptist youth mission team already in Guatemala when a volcano erupted there June 3 is safe and helping churches house and feed survivors.

    The 10-member team from Bear Cove Baptist Church in Sparta, Tenn., had arrived in Escuintla City June 1 to help Baptist churches there evangelize urban youth, church youth minister Justin Wesson told Baptist Press June 4. Read More

  • DR team helps Army veteran show his patriotic heart

    by David Dawson, posted Thursday, May 31, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    SOUTHBURY, Ct. (BP) -- Myron Havrilchak was among thousands whose houses and property in southeast Connecticut were substantially damaged by tornadoes that recently swept through the area.

    And yet, when a Tennessee Baptist disaster relief team arrived at Havrilchak's residence in Southbury, they quickly realized something was on his mind that meant more to him than brick and mortar.

    A veteran of the U.S. Army, Havrilchak proudly flies a flag in his backyard. But the storms had destroyed his flagpole and the 86-year-old was focused, with the heart of a soldier, on rectifying the problem. Read More

  • Bob Dixon: Disaster relief pioneer was rooted in faith

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (one month ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Robert E. "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago -- seeing DR deployments as "invitations from the Father" -- died May 10 at age 90.

    Dixon fashioned homemade "buddy burners" from gallon-sized coffee cans when, in the wake of Hurricane Beulah in 1967, he was dispatched to the Rio Grande Valley from a Royal Ambassadors boys camp.

    His task: to do what he could to coordinate volunteers who would use the one-pot buddy burners to prepare breakfast for truck drivers delivering food and clothing to storm survivors. Read More

  • Flood waters, pastor's vision lead to new church

    by Don Cockes, posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    COVINGTON, Va. (BP) -- There is a new church in Alleghany County, Va. -- and it happened because of a flood, a legacy and a pastor's vision.

    In June 2016, Fincastle Baptist Church, located in Fincastle, Va., just outside of Roanoke, reached out to the town of Covington after a flood that affected the area. Fincastle responded with volunteers, known as the Go Team, and developed a plan to provide furniture and appliances to flood victims. In partnership with SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief and with the help of SBCV's Vision Virginia funds, Fincastle was able to help nearly 500 families. Read More

  • DR 'ready to respond' after deadly nor'easter

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

    IMGONLY=47369@left@35%]NEW ENGLAND (BP) -- Three days after a strong nor'easter killed nine people and battered a coastal swath from Virginia to Maine, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers remain "ready to respond," leaders told Baptist Press today.

    Government emergency management agencies and other first responders in the states have been able to respond to the storm that caused isolated wind damage, coastal flooding and massive power outages to as many as two million people. Hurricane-force wind gusts were reported at the storm's height. Read More

  • Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground and others are on standby after weekend tornadoes and flooding killed five people and damaged homes in five states.

    Two disaster relief teams have been deployed in Tennessee; Illinois is assessing a response to flooding there; and teams are on standby in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio, according to reports from state DR representatives and the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces 'Send Puerto Rico'

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board is adding Puerto Rico to its list of special areas that will receive increased attention and resources for church planting, Send Relief ministries and partnership opportunities with Southern Baptist churches that want to minister on the island. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the plans with NAMB trustees Tuesday (Feb. 6).

    The emphasis comes as Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from the staggering toll Hurricane Maria took on the island when it struck Sept. 20, 2017. Since the storm hit, NAMB, along with Southern Baptist volunteers from several ... Read More

  • 3rd Virgin Islands crusade to continue imparting hope

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo from Feeding the Five Thousand
    ST CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands (BP) -- Devastation and suffering among Hurricane Irma and Maria survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands were palpable to Florida Baptist Jeffery Singletary, who led a mission trip to the islands months before the storms.

    His heart's response was a series of "Feeding the Five Thousand" crusades that reaped 620 decisions for Christ and fed thousands both spiritually and physically, Singletary, a regional catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press. A crusade on St. Croix Jan. 28 -30 will be his third.

    "I knew they had four great needs -- food, clothing, shelter and hope," Singletary said. "Red Cross could help provide food and clothing. FEMA could help provide shelter. But only the church of Jesus Christ can provide real hope." Read More

  • Deadly mudslides follow wildfire threat at CA church

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- Deadly mudslides driven by intense rain evacuated Springs of Life Church Jan. 9, just a month after it served as a staging area for firefighters battling the massive Thomas wildfire.

    The Southern Baptist church sits just inside a mandatory evacuation area, according to the Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center, where walls of mud rushed parched, barren land unable to absorb sudden torrential rains before daybreak Jan. 9. The mudslides killed at least 15 people and injured 25 others, the Associated Press reported today (Jan. 10), as rescue workers continued to search for bodies and survivors. Emergency responders had rescued about 50 by midday. Read More

  • Disaster relief, record AAEO top NAMB stories in 2017

    by NAMB Staff, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In one of the most turbulent weather years in U.S. history, Southern Baptists stretched their disaster relief capabilities in bringing relief to those affected by massive storms.

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) coordinated multi-state responses to three major hurricanes. Southern Baptist volunteers prepared more than 3 million meals, served over 90,000 days and witnessed more than 700 people profess faith in Christ in ministering to hurricane survivors. Read More