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  • First a tornado, now theft strike New Orleans church

    by Louisiana Baptist Message Staff, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (yesterday)

    Photo by Jeffrey Friend
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Just a few months from completing a renovation of its buildings heavily damaged by a tornado in February, a New Orleans church has suffered yet another setback -- theft from its worship center.

    Multiple times over a six-day period, burglars have broken into the worship center of Suburban Baptist Church and stolen office and construction equipment, pastor Jeffery Friend reported in a story published July 25 by the Baptist Message. Read More

  • Humanitarian aid: Making sure it reaches needy souls

    by Pat Melancon, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (2 days ago)

    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- It was not how things were supposed to happen. We were responding to a disastrous earthquake that hit a remote area of Central Asia and killed thousands of men, women and children. Our three trucks loaded with provisions had just rounded a treacherous bend in the mountain road, skirting the precipice of a canyon.

    Suddenly, the two trucks in front of me began slowing down. As I slowed, I watched as a boulder rolled down the mountain toward the front of the first truck. The driver opened his door and ran from the still-moving vehicle. The driver of the second truck did the same. Both trucks puttered to a stop. Read More

  • Send Relief: aiding churches in compassion ministry

    by David Melber, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (6 days ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- For many pastors and churches, Send Relief is still a developing thought. Just a year ago, Send Relief became a key part of the North American Mission Board's strategy to equip our churches to engage their communities through compassionately serving those around them for the sake of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Sunday, July 23, is Send Relief Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Sam Porter named national director for disaster relief

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (16 days ago)

    The North American Mission Board has named Sam Porter as the new national director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Porter will replace Mickey Caison, who officially retires Aug. 31. Read More

  • DR: 'You ain't seen nothing like those Baptists'

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (one month ago)

    OSAGE CITY, Mo. (BP) -- It was cold, wet and windy somewhere between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. as I watched the waters of the Osage River creep ever closer.

    When the Cole County Sheriff activated his posse (a ready-to-go group of trained civilian volunteers and, no, we don't chase after cattle rustlers) for flood duty, I changed into my uniform and immediately confirmed my availability. I thought I might spend the afternoon helping stranded citizens trapped in their homes during widespread flooding in southern Missouri in late April and early May. Read More

  • SBTC DR teams end response to tornadoes, move to Mo.

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, May 19, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Bill Bumpas
    CANTON, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief teams ended a nearly two-week deployment to East Texas May 13, where they assisted victims of four tornadoes that hit in late April and early May.

    SBTC DR efforts focused on the communities of Canton, Emory and Fruitvale, said Mike Benton a DR "white cap" leader from Bishop, Texas. Read More

  • 6 tornadoes in 3 counties: SBTC rallies DR response

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

    With six tornadoes striking three counties east of Dallas, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief volunteers deploy quickly with command center, meals and laundry and shower unit. Read More

  • Weekend storms draw Southern Bapt. disaster relief

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (2 months ago)

    ABC News screen capture
    Southern Baptists are assessing damage and readying help in five states where weekend tornadoes and floods killed at least 15 people and injured dozens, North American Mission Board (NAMB) executive Mickey Caison told Baptist Press. Read More

  • 'Devastating' wildfires spur DR teams to action

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Screen capture from YouTube
    LAVERNE, Okla. (BP) -- Wildfires from Colorado to Florida have burned more than 1 million acres since March 6, killed at least seven people and led to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief activity in four states.

    In the Texas panhandle, five deaths have been reported and 325,000 acres burned, CNN reported, while Oklahoma and Kansas each have seen one death and 400,000 acres scorched. Colorado saw 30,000 acres burned, with an additional 6,000 acres ablaze in southern Florida. Read More