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  • TN fires: Churches reflect on God's grace 1 year later

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (7 days ago)

    Photo by Joe Sorah
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- For pastor Kim McCroskey and his congregation, the odyssey appears to be nearly over.

    After spending nearly exactly one year in temporary venues, the members of Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg will soon be returning to their original location.

    "The light at the end of the tunnel is really bright," McCroskey said. "We know we are about to come back home."

    Roaring Fork Baptist was destroyed last November -- losing its sanctuary and family life center -- in the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires that swept through the region. But after a long and steady recovery process, aided by Tennessee Baptist disaster relief teams and Builders for Christ, the church is scheduled to start hosting services on its campus again within the next few weeks. Read More

  • Gatlinburg man grieves loss, forgives suspects

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (one year ago)

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- A Gatlinburg, Tenn., man who lost his wife and two daughters in the wildfires that swept through the area has extended forgiveness publicly to two juveniles suspected of starting the blaze.

    Michael Reed -- whose wife Constance, 34, and daughters Chloe, 12, and Lily, 9, died at their home Nov. 28 -- wrote about the tragedy in a Facebook

    post reported by various media outlets. "I forgive you," he wrote. "My son forgives you ... We know you didn't mean for this to happen. We know you would take it all back if you could.

    "We will pray for you. Every day. We will pray for your parents and your family members," Reed stated in a Dec. 15 open letter to the suspects. "Every day. We will pray for your peace. We will show you grace. Why? Because that's what Jesus would do. Faith ... Hope ... Love ... The greatest of these is love." Read More

  • Gatlinburg fire suspects elicit churches' sympathy

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- The arrests of two teenagers in connection with deadly wildfires in and around Gatlinburg, Tenn., have provoked expressions of sadness from three local Southern Baptist congregations that lost buildings in the blaze.

    The three Gatlinburg churches -- Roaring Fork Baptist Church, First Baptist Church and Banner Baptist Church -- also report God's continued work in their midst, including at least four first-time professions of faith in Christ over the past two weeks. Read More

  • Gatlinburg fire: DR volunteers urged to be patient

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 05, 2016 (one year ago)

    Baptist and Reflector photo
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- The Tennessee Baptist Convention, the Woman's Missionary Union and Southern Baptists serving in local government are among those providing aid in the wake of wildfires that killed at least 14 people in and around Gatlinburg on Nov. 28.

    But TBC disaster relief officials are urging those wishing to volunteer to be patient. Read More

  • Fire-damaged churches: God is still with us

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Larry Burcham.
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- The pastors of three churches whose buildings sustained major damage in Gatlinburg, Tenn., wildfires Nov. 28 say God is at work in their congregations despite sadness and tragedy.

    Meanwhile, Tennessee Baptist Convention executive director Randy Davis has called for prayer amid ongoing ministry efforts by Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief workers. Read More

  • 'Heartbroken': Tenn. fires destroy homes, churches

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from Twitter
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- Wildfires in and around the east Tennessee resort area of Gatlinburg have destroyed the facilities of at least one Southern Baptist church, claimed buildings at two other churches and prompted local believers to launch relief ministries.

    The reported 14 blazes near Gatlinburg Nov. 29 were among a series of wildfires across the southeast this fall that have led Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units to deploy in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Read More