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  • Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The SBTC team deployed Oct. 15-23, responding to SBDR national director Sam Porter's request to establish a communications center at the Seminario Teologico Bautista in Guaynabo, southeast of San Juan. Read More

  • 'Help & hope': DR's Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5

    by Greg Teffertiller, posted Thursday, November 02, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As far as disasters are concerned, 2017 will forever be known as "unprecedented."

    The nation has been impacted by hurricanes of historic proportions, regionally pervasive wildfires and localized storms that struck numerous communities. Nations in the Caribbean also have been pummeled. The losses of life and property are more than statistics -- they represent people who desperately need hope and healing. Read More

  • DR intern helps in Houston, earns college credit

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Thursday, November 02, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of The Pathway
    MARYVILLE, Mo. (BP) -- Maddy Atwell spent her entire summer preparing for a disaster.

    A member of Laura Street Baptist Church in Maryville, Mo., and a collegiate intern for Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief, she spent her summer training to respond however she was needed -- whether in mass care, child care, laundry, mud-out work, chaplaincy, chainsaw, or incident command.

    And while nobody would complain about a disaster-free summer, it was a little bit ironic when one of the most destructive hurricanes on record hit Houston weeks after her internship ended and her junior year classes at Northwest Missouri State University began. Read More

  • Utah team seeks 'forgotten among us' in Houston

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Steve Sidwell
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Mike Brooks is a plumber -- and a busy one at that. But he felt God calling him to help in Houston with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. So, he and eight others from Baptist churches in Utah traveled to serve where they could on Oct. 15-20.

    "This hurricane is not over," Brooks of First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove, shared with his church the Sunday after the team returned home.

    "The people there are literally exhausted," he told them. "They go to work, if they ... Read More

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

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (3 months 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

  • Preschooler raises $400 for disaster relief

    by Carrie Brown McWhorter/Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of The Alabama Baptist
    JEMISON, Ala.(BP) -- When 4-year-old Holden Roberts saw a news report featuring a little girl whose family had taken shelter from Hurricane Irma, it made him sad to think that kids had to leave their favorite toys behind.

    Holden's favorite toy is a log truck, but he asked his parents, Brett and Julie Roberts, about sending some of his other toys to the children who had lost theirs. Read More

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

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (3 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

  • CA fires: DR begins, former Gateway campus a shelter

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Screen capture from The Sacramento Bee
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- As firefighters gained ground against the Northern California blaze Gov. Jerry Brown called perhaps "the greatest tragedy" the state "has ever faced," Southern Baptist disaster relief crews began feeding, cleanup and chaplaincy work today (Oct. 17).

    Meanwhile, the former main campus of Gateway Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., was being used to shelter both evacuees and out-of-town fire crews, and a pastor in Calistoga, Calif., credited prayer with saving his town. Read More

  • Send, TX relief efforts boost DR work in Harvey's wake

    by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN Correspondent, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (3 months ago)

    File photo by Carmen K. Sisson
    VIDOR, Texas (BP) -- Traditionally trained Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are receiving an influx of new workers in the form of newly minted volunteers signing on with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's Texas Relief program, and college students recruited from across the United States to participate in the North American Mission Board's Send Relief outreach.

    Over the weekend of Oct 7, the first college crews from Send Relief descended upon churches in the Golden Triangle where teams of college kids were assigned to work alongside seasoned SBTC disaster relief volunteers. Read More

  • Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logistics

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (3 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