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  • DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise

    September 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise

    Rising floodwaters have cut off the supply chains of some Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) efforts following Hurricane Florence, and others are increasingly threatened. But that’s not slowing down ministry to North Carolina communities hit by the storm. As Baptist state conventions partner with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to mount a disaster relief effort …

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  • N.C. Baptists ‘shine bright’ in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

    September 17 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists ‘shine bright’ in aftermath of Hurricane Florence

    As rainfall from Hurricane Florence continued to drench much of North Carolina, Southern Baptist response teams were already at work feeding residents, ramping up recovery efforts and planning to provide long-term aid. The storm made landfall early Sept. 14 as a Category 1 hurricane near Wilmington, N.C. …

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  • As Florence lashes N.C., Baptists ‘shine bright’

    September 15 2018 by Baptist Press & Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    As Florence lashes N.C., Baptists ‘shine bright’

    As Hurricane Florence came ashore Friday (Sept. 14) in North Carolina, Southern Baptists began relief ministries and made initial assessments of flooded church buildings and homes. The Category 1 hurricane has left at least five people dead. Florence could dump 40 inches of rain on some areas of North and South Carolina, according to media reports.

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  • Gordon’s Gulf flood risks put DR volunteers on alert

    September 5 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gordon’s Gulf flood risks put DR volunteers on alert

    Anticipated flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon has Southern Baptist volunteers on alert in three Gulf Coast states, and may extend responses in the already-flooded Midwest as Gordon moves inland. The storm will likely intensify to a Category 1 hurricane as it comes ashore between western Alabama and eastern Louisiana Sept. 4, the Weather Channel reported …

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  • Puerto Rico hurricane toll ‘a miracle’ at 2,975

    August 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico hurricane toll ‘a miracle’ at 2,975

    It’s “a miracle” Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico is not even higher than the new official total of 2,975, a massive jump from the long purported 64, a Southern Baptist disaster relief leader told Baptist Press. The new count, based on an independent study that the territory commissioned from George Washington University …

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  • Harvey anniversary to be marked by prayer

    August 24 2018 by Southern Baptist TEXAN Staff | with 0 comments
    Harvey anniversary to be marked by prayer

    One year later, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Executive Director Jim Richards and other SBTC leaders plan to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey with prayer and fellowship gatherings scheduled for Aug. 25-27. Hurricane Harvey devastated the southeast coast of Texas and portions of Louisiana, dumping as much as 60 inches of rain in less than a week.

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  • Disaster Relief ‘ready to respond’ after deadly nor’easter

    March 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Disaster Relief ‘ready to respond’ after deadly nor’easter

    Three days after a strong nor’easter killed nine people and battered a coastal swath from Virginia to Maine, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers remain “ready to respond,” leaders said. Government emergency management agencies and other first responders in the states have been able to respond to the storm.

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  • Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    February 28 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor’s story sparks generosity for pro-life centers

    No one knew what was about to happen when Southern Baptist pastor Nathan Lino stood to share at the Evangelicals for Life dinner about God’s provision for his Houston church’s pro-life pregnancy center in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. ...

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  • FEMA funds for disaster-stricken churches now law

    February 13 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    FEMA funds for disaster-stricken churches now law

    Churches and other houses of worship now have the assurance of federal law that they may receive disaster relief funds. Congress approved a measure making houses of worship eligible for public assistance money for the restoration of damaged buildings and other purposes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of disasters.

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  • Puerto Rican evacuees aided by Florida Baptists

    January 17 2018 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Witness | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rican evacuees aided by Florida Baptists

    More than 200,000 hurricane survivors from Puerto Rico have trekked to Florida for refuge, with several Baptist churches in central Florida at the forefront of ministering to their needs. “The Florida Baptist Convention is excited to partner with … churches ... as they respond to the needs of the Puerto Rican community,” said Tommy Green, the convention’s executive director.

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  • FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    January 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    Texas churches wishing to apply for federal disaster aid funds following Hurricane Harvey have until Feb. 4 to do so, according to a notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Though such funds long had not been available to churches and other houses of worship, FEMA announced a policy change Jan. 2.

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  • Navajo DR volunteers reach out to Harvey victims

    December 1 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Navajo DR volunteers reach out to Harvey victims

    For generations the Navajo have often been on the receiving end of volunteer mission teams. Buddy Evans chaperoned one such trip in 1985. For two weeks his team led Vacation Bible School in the mornings, revival meetings in the evenings and explored the desert high country of New Mexico.

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  • Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

    November 17 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

    Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico’s residents after Hurricane Maria’s devastation in September, creating a nationwide response from the ground up. Sam Porter has spent several days in Puerto Rico in two separate trips to assist disaster response coordinator Jack Noble in facilitating the large-scale response.

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  • Puerto Rican pastors ‘not forgotten’ by SBC

    November 15 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rican pastors ‘not forgotten’ by SBC

    The “heart and spirit of Southern Baptists” are evident as churches and leaders help Puerto Rico recover after Hurricane Maria, pastor Jorge Alvarez said Nov. 11 in San Juan. Alvarez was among 150 local pastors and guests who attended an appreciation dinner held in their honor.

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  • Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    November 6 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    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.

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