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  • WRAP-UP: Prayer, DR giving top EC actions at 100 yrs.

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (10 hours ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Intercessory prayer and special disaster recovery funding topped the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee agenda during its Nashville meeting Sept. 18–19, which marked the EC's centennial.

    The Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling Southern Baptists and other Christians to prevailing prayer in the midst of "racial unrest, cataclysmic storms, raging wildfires, political strife, daily shootings in cities across the land, and rampant disregard for the commands and teachings of God's Word." Read More

  • Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (11 hours 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

  • CP overage reallocation to aid hurricane survivors

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (11 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it will do so again in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and, now, Maria.

    The SBC Executive Committee, in its Sept. 18-19 meeting in Nashville, voted to utilize overages in the 2016-2017 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for disaster relief in two ways:

    -- Designating the first $1.25 million of any overage in the SBC's $189 million allocation budget for disaster relief in Florida and Texas by the Send Relief ministry of the North American Mission Board. Read More

  • State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell says

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- State Baptist conventions and donors from across the nation have been pivotal to Southern Baptists' Send Relief efforts for survivors of catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

    Kevin Ezell, speaking to the SBC Executive Committee on Sept. 18, voiced gratitude to state Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partners and to donors beyond the Southern Baptist family who have provided the majority of Send Relief donations to aid in recovery efforts in Florida and Texas. Read More

  • Houston volunteers 'put some legs' on their faith

    by Carmen K. Sisson, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Carmen K. Sisson
    KATY, Texas -- Hurricane Harvey's impact will be felt in this flood-weary state for many months to come as homeowners struggle to put their lives back together. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) crews remain on the scene, even as others deploy to Florida for Hurricane Irma response.

    Shady, tree-lined neighborhoods are a maze of mismatched dinette sets and children's toys. Stores are de facto shelters, diners, and one-stop shops for donations and disaster assistance forms. Hotel rooms are at such a premium that displaced residents memorize front desk numbers and scour the Internet, hoping to catch an elusive, available room. Read More

  • Best ways to give in times of crisis  

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Mickey Caison has seen it many times in his disaster relief career. Well-meaning folks collect a truckload of food and clothing, drive perhaps hundreds of miles to a disaster zone, but can find no place to deliver the goods.

    Deciding "let's put a trailer on the lot and fill it up with goods to take to Texas, is the most ineffective way of providing support," Caison told Baptist Press from Houston, where he is coordinating the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) response to Hurricane Harvey's destruction there. Read More

  • Baptist DR not letting up after ruinous Irma, Harvey

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    FORT MEYERS, Fla. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief continues to deploy volunteers to help respond to immediate needs in Florida and the Caribbean left by Hurricane Irma while still maintaining focus on enormous needs from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, south Texas and Louisiana.

    In Florida, seven Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) feeding units from several states in the Southeast have arrived as well as some from the Northeast. Many are set to begin feeding today (Friday, Sept. 15). On Thursday, a crew from the Baptist General Association of Virginia prepared 1,200 meals in Palm Coast. Read More

  • As evacuees headed north, Ga. Baptists gave shelter

    by Joe Westbury/Georgia Christian Index, posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (7 days ago)

    Photo from Tim Sizemore
    MACON, Ga. (BP) -- As Hurricane Irma evacuees streamed north, Baptists in Georgia welcomed Floridians fleeing the storm's looming wrath.

    One church even turned some of its 16 acres into a makeshift RV campground.

    At Lighthouse Baptist, just off Interstate 75 in Macon, Ga., pastor Tim Sizemore and church leaders decided they could offer evacuees more than their small sanctuary. Read More

  • Stymied by Harvey no longer, mission returns to life

    by Bonnie Pritchett, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

    Photo by Nathan Lino
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Liz Neal kept talking to a woman driving a white F-150 pickup crawling forward in a food distribution line at Houston's Farrington Mission. Two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated the region, hundreds of drivers -- in a line that wrapped around the block and down the feeder road -- came for basic food and household supplies.

    And volunteers like Neal made sure they left with so much more.

    For two unbearably long weeks, beginning Aug. 27, the Farrington Mission had been closed. Unprecedented rainfall overflowed Halls Bayou and filled the mission and neighboring homes with water. Read More

  • Churches, ministry groups serve refugees fleeing Irma

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

    Photo by Kristen Lowry
    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- Following more than 24 hours of travel from West Palm Beach, Fla., a group of Syrian refugees finally made it to the Send Relief hub at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) in Clarkston, Ga. The eight families had fled from the civil war in Syria. Now, they were on the run from Hurricane Irma.

    After scrambling to leave in the early-morning hours of Sept. 7, the families did not arrive until after 4:30 a.m. the next day. Read More