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

    by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN Correspondent, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (one month 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 (one month 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

  • Homecoming mum tradition turns to hurricane relief

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (one month ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- Flood-soaked cardboard boxes of homecoming mums are among the debris lining the sidewalks and street curbs of many houses in the suburban Kingwood neighborhood north of downtown Houston.

    For longer than people can remember how it started, high school students present their homecoming dates with a chrysanthemum (or mum, for short) bedecked with ribbons, glitter and other mementos. Texas students spend millions each year on these high school keepsakes varying in size from four inches to a foot in diameter, with price tags of $50 to $300. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A trek amid Harvey's havoc

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (one month ago)

    Marc Ira Hooks recounts his trek along streets lined with water-logged, reeking heaps of belongings in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's onslaught across Houston and south Texas. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A trek amid Harvey's havoc

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (one month ago)

    Marc Ira Hooks recounts his trek along streets lined with water-logged, reeking heaps of belongings in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's onslaught across Houston and south Texas. Read More

  • Calif. wildfires rage, churches 'jumping into action'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (one month ago)

    Screen capture from CNN
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- Amid Northern California wildfires that have killed at least 13 people and burned more than 1,500 buildings since Oct. 8, Southern Baptist churches have begun ministering and California Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief crews are poised for relief work.

    The death toll is expected to rise, according to media reports, and more than 100 people have been reported missing. As of Monday night (Oct. 10), several of the 17 fires had not been contained. Read More

  • Federal help after Harvey outlined to Texas churches

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers
    VIDOR, Texas (BP) -- While FEMA money is not generally accessible to churches, disaster recovery help from the federal government is available in the form of low-interest loans, Susheel Kumar, public information officer for the Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance, told Texas pastors and church staff Oct. 5 in the Golden Triangle Baptist Network.

    Network acting director Mark Adams of Beaumont's First Baptist Church called Kumar's information both "critical" and "time-sensitive." Read More

  • After wildfire, pastor's widow has unwavering faith

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Corinne Williams
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- Ruth Martin isn't likely to ever forget Nov. 28, 2016 -- the day she became homeless.

    The 91-year-old widow of a Tennessee Baptist pastor left her home of 40-plus years that night with just the clothes she was wearing.

    As wildfire surrounded her home atop a mountain road overlooking the city of Gatlinburg, she and her son and daughter, who also had houses on the property, did what has come naturally over the years -- they prayed.

    With their cars blocked by fallen trees, they did not know if they could even get off the mountain. Martin's daughter, Debbie Gillespie, said she prayed, "Lord, if You want us off this mountain, You will have to send someone to get us." A moment after that prayer, she saw the headlights of a truck just a few houses down the mountain. Read More

  • Churches moving forward on massive 'Texas Rebuild'

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (one month ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Southern Baptist churches and ministries in Texas and outside the state are planning the next phase of recovery -- getting people back into their homes and church buildings.

    And they are depending on God to move in hearts across the nation to accomplish the impossible.

    Estimates of the damage are hard to comprehend, Terry Wright, pastor of Vidor First Baptist Church, told the TEXAN. Just in Orange County, where his church is located, 80 percent of the homes went under water -- some up to the eaves. ... Read More