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  • Puerto Rico missionary's relief aid opens hearts

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, November 27, 2017 (20 days ago)

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    COMERÍO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Even in the aftermath of Puerto Rico's devastation from Hurricane Maria, church planting missionary Jorge Santiago has been experiencing the truth of Romans 8:28 that all things can work together for good.

    In July, Santiago and his wife Rebeca moved to Puerto Rico with their two children, Sebastian and Sophia, to serve as North American Mission Board church planting missionaries in Comerío, a municipality of 20,000 about 30 miles south of San Juan.

    "Right after the storm," Santiago said, "we just focused on helping people. We started looking for resources, food and water so that we could take it to Comerío." Read More

  • Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sam Porter/NAMB
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria's devastation in September, creating a nationwide response from the ground up.

    Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief for the North American Mission Board, has spent several days in Puerto Rico in two separate trips to assist disaster response coordinator Jack Noble in facilitating the large-scale response by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and Send Relief. Read More

  • Puerto Rican pastors 'not forgotten' by SBC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Bobby Sena
    SAN JUAN, P.R. (BP) -- The "heart and spirit of Southern Baptists" are evident as churches and leaders help Puerto Rico recover after Hurricane Maria, pastor Jorge Alvarez said Nov. 11 in San Juan.

    Alvarez, executive director of the Convention of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, was among 150 local pastors and guests who attended an appreciation dinner held in their honor. The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and the North American Mission Board sponsored the event. The Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance (HBPA) and LifeWay Christian Resources also supported the event, held at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel. Read More

  • Send Relief 'pastor packs,' SBDR help Puerto Rico

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sam Porter
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- When people started showing up seeking food and water after Hurricane Maria, pastor Johnny Baez knew he couldn't just sit back and do nothing.

    "People around my church started asking me for water to drink and food to eat," said Baez, who serves at Iglesia Bautista Familia Santurce (Baptist Church of the Family Santurce) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "So, I asked pastor friends for a [water] filter, and they let me use one. I asked another pastor for a gas stove and another pastor for a gas tank. Now we are cooking Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday." Read More

  • 'Like a warzone' conditions for Ky. DR team

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Western Recorder
    ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS (BP) -- Nineteen Kentucky Baptists arrived in St. Thomas on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 8) to face some "extremely challenging" working conditions on the tiny Caribbean island, devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The disaster relief team of 19 that will be serving through Oct. 29, is partnering with nine Baptist churches in the Virgin Islands. They will be feeding those affected by the storms and doing chainsaw and flood clean-up. Read More

  • Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logistics

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Puerto Rico National Guard
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Sam Porter estimates that one-third of the island has yet to receive much care or help.

    Porter, the North American Mission Board's national director for disaster relief, has been in Puerto Rico since Sunday, Oct. 8.

    He is working there with Jack Noble, a retired disaster relief director from the SBC of Virginia, and David Melber, NAMB's president of Send Relief, to coordinate a plan to deliver help and hope to the people of Puerto Rico. Read More

  • San Juan pastor serves meals, Gospel after Maria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Submitted photo.
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Hungry and thirsty two weeks after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, the teenage girl approached as Southern Baptist church planter Johnny Baez was serving beans, rice and filtered water.

    "I'm hungry and I don't have nothing at home," she told Baez, "and I just start walking to see if I find something to eat."

    Baez shared the girl's story with Baptist Press by telephone Oct. 6, recounting... Read More

  • Puerto Rico churches doing best to help, NAMB catalyst says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- More than a week after Puerto Rico suffered its greatest natural disaster, the condition of most of the Southern Baptist churches on the island is still unknown, a church planting catalyst on the island told Baptist Press.

    But the 12 churches Carlos Rodriguez has been able to contact are doing all they can to help survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria, he said in a telephone interview Sept. 27. Rodriguez had been unable to contact the remaining 75 or so Southern Baptist churches on the island because of damaged infrastructure and communication services, he said. Read More

  • UPDATE: SBDR reports on Puerto Rico response

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- After Hurricane Maria knocked power out for nearly the entire population of Puerto Rico, the island's infrastructure is devastated and initial reports estimate that it will take months before services can be completely restored.

    On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 21), FEMA officials sought to organize a response in Puerto Rico with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) as well as American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Read More

  • Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Image from the National Hurricane Center
    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- As Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico with potentially record-breaking winds on Wednesday (Sept. 20), Southern Baptist disaster relief workers pulled back and prepared for a long-haul response in the Caribbean.

    "It's going to be a long, multi-month response with a lot of needs for volunteers and supplies," said David Melber, vice president of the North American Mission Board's Send Relief.

    Disaster relief teams had just received FEMA approval to take much-needed aid to the Virgin Islands -- an area hit hard two weeks ago by the Category 5 Hurricane Irma -- but had to press pause on relief efforts when Maria rolled in. Read More