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  • In Irma-shattered Caribbean, Baptists arrive to help

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (9 days ago) screen capture
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (BP) -- Days after Hurricane Irma killed at least 34 people and destroyed entire communities in the Caribbean and West Indies, Southern Baptist partners are on site assessing the most urgent needs for assistance.

    A Baptist Global Response disaster assessment and response team arrived Sunday night (Sept. 10) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, BGR CEO Jeff Palmer told Baptist Press today, and is working in cooperation with the North American Mission Board to meet the immediate life-preserving needs of ... Read More

  • Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (9 days ago)

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    SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (BP) -- With wildfires in the western United States having consumed a cumulative area larger than the state of Maryland, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units are preparing for ministry.

    Nine western states -- California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming -- have experienced fires this year that have consumed more than 8 million total acres, 3 million above the annual national average for the past decade, according to The Washington Post. Read More

  • Irma response to begin; Harvey relief work continues

    by Josie Bingham, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (9 days ago)

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    FLORIDA (BP) -- Mark MacDonald walked around his Jacksonville home Monday morning (Sept. 11) assessing the damage done by Hurricane Irma.

    "Our roof is leaking and a few trees are down," MacDonald said. "I was curious as to how our neighbors were doing …. Their garden was completely torn to shreds. It's not ideal, but it really could have been worse for us. We're all thankful to God for that."

    Monday, Sept. 11, MacDonald will be working on his own home and aiding his ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Letter to pastors in the hurricane zones

    by Joe McKeever , posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (9 days ago)

    Reflecting on his experiences with Hurricane Katrina, Joe McKeever offers encouragement and counsel to pastors of churches impacted by Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Read More

  • Irma takes toll on Florida; SBDR ready to move

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Hurricane Irma has caused extensive damage today as it moved up through Florida. North American Mission Board has issued Send Relief Bulletins both today (Sept. 10) and yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 9).

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is forging plans for units to move into the disaster zones as soon as conditions permit. Read More

  • 'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Baptists

    by Carmen K. Sisson, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Paul Matlock, 73, was sitting in his yard, staring into the distance, overwhelmed, when Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers arrived.

    Floodwater from Hurricane Harvey had climbed more than six feet inside his home; it was chest high when he managed to escape with his wife Diana, 63, and their toy fox terrier. They had flooded twice before but never this badly. They knew when they left that they would probably lose almost everything they owned. And the sight when they returned confirmed it. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Flood relief in Jesus' name

    by Diana Davis, posted Thursday, September 07, 2017 (13 days ago)

    With Hurricane Harvey's devastation still vivid and deep -- and Hurricane Irma looming -- Diana Davis underscores the importance of aiding storm survivors in Jesus' name. Read More

  • Baptist camp welcomes treatment facilities' residents

    by Jane Rodgers & JC Davies/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, September 07, 2017 (13 days ago)

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    LATHAM SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- When Hurricane Harvey forced two residential treatment facilities for adolescents and young adults to flee the Houston area, a Baptist camp became their temporary home.

    Pam Reed, executive director of nonprofit Devereux Texas, called Latham Springs Camp and Conference Center, located 25 miles northwest of Waco, since, after all, it had twice provided shelter during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008. Read More

  • Irma puts Bapt. DR on alert amid Harvey aid

    by Brandon Elrod and Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 (14 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The second major hurricane threatening the U.S. within two weeks has Southern Baptists and their partners actively preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma, even as Harvey recovery efforts hunker down for the long haul.

    With flood waters still standing in some parts of Texas, and Category 5 Irma churning, President Trump has declared states of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More

  • 'Buckets for Harvey' readied for hurricane survivors

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 (14 days ago)

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Even a 2-year-old can help the flood survivors in Houston and southeast Texas. That's the plan at Kristin Leonard's home, where her family is packing cleaning supplies for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

    When Normandale Baptist Church in Fort Worth announced plans to collect "Buckets for Harvey," she saw it as an opportunity for her family to get involved. Read More