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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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  • Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    November 8 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    “It’s a pretty somber place,” Scottie Stice said of the community left behind after Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at a Southern Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stice reported teams of Southern Baptist chaplains and other disaster relief volunteers are ministering however they can among those devastated by the “senseless” tragedy.

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  • Miracles in Appalachia leave Bill Barker in awe

    November 8 2017 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Miracles in Appalachia leave Bill Barker in awe

    When God first called Bill Barker as a missionary to Appalachia in the spring of 2001, the veteran pastor of more than 30 years – and a native of the region – got down on his knees and prayed. “Lord, what is the message I need to take?” Barker asked God.

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  • Chaplain orientation equips, encourages

    November 3 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Chaplain orientation equips, encourages

    During a panel discussion at the North American Mission Board’s inaugural New Chaplain Orientation, four veteran chaplains described some of the criticism they received from other believers when they answered the call to chaplaincy. These chaplains recalled being told that they were leaving “real ministry.”

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

    November 3 2017 by Greg Teffertiller, Send Relief | with 0 comments
    ‘Help & hope’: DR’s Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5

    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. The losses of life and property are more than statistics – they represent people who desperately need hope and healing.

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  • Migration a ‘divine opportunity,’ conference speakers say

    November 1 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor & Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    Migration a ‘divine opportunity,’ conference speakers say

    This year’s Reaching the Nations conference brought together more than 500 people in person and via live stream to learn and grow in how to reach refugees and immigrants in North America. More than 280 people attended the sessions in person with another 231 viewing online toward helping churches engage foreign-born people in North America.

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  • Will you take the ‘Gospel Conversation Challenge’?

    October 30 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Will you take the ‘Gospel Conversation Challenge’?

    Southern Baptist Convention leaders are calling on churches and their members to take part in a nationwide effort to have 1 million gospel conversations by June 2018. The GC (Gospel Conversations) Challenge is a joint effort of the North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources and Southern Baptist state conventions.

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  • Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time high

    October 23 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time high

    Kevin Ezell announced to the North American Mission Board staff that the 2017 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering totaled an all-time high: $59,648,377. The offering for North American missions beat the previous 2007 high by $185,096. “We are grateful for every dime we get from Southern Baptists,” said Ezell.

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  • Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logistics

    October 16 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logistics

    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 Oct. 8.

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  • TRUSTEES: Montreal’s need, progress highlight NAMB meeting

    North American Mission Board trustees gathered Oct. 2-4 in Montreal to hear reports of the progress new church plants are making there and to witness the reality of the deep lostness that is believed to make this Canadian city the least-reached part of North America.

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  • Green light given for Puerto Rico as FL, TX relief persists

    October 5 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Green light given for Puerto Rico as FL, TX relief persists

    The North American Mission Board’s Send Relief ministry has been asked to manage the disaster response on behalf of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico. “We have officially requested Send Relief to coordinate the disaster relief response in Puerto Rico,” said Jorge Alvarez, who leads the Puerto Rican convention.

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  • Church rallies after hurricane to serve Florida community

    September 28 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Church rallies after hurricane to serve Florida community

    Inside a gym with yellow walls, 200 volunteers form an assembly line. These helpers from First Baptist Church of Immokalee, Fla., are bagging food and cleaning supplies in the church’s gym because it’s one of the few buildings left standing after Hurricane Irma reduced the already-impoverished area to even less.

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  • Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

    September 21 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

    As Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico with potentially record-breaking winds, Southern Baptist disaster relief workers pulled back and prepared for a long-haul response in the Caribbean. “It’s going to be a long, multi-month response with a lot of needs for volunteers and supplies,” said David Melber, vice president of Send Relief.

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  • State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell says

    September 20 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell says

    State Baptist conventions and donors from across the nation have been pivotal to Southern Baptists’ Send Relief efforts for survivors of catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Kevin Ezell voiced gratitude to state partners and to donors beyond the Southern Baptist family who have provided the majority of Send Relief donations.

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  • Churches, ministry groups serve refugees fleeing Irma

    September 13 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Churches, ministry groups serve refugees fleeing Irma

    Following more than 24 hours of travel from West Palm Beach, Fla., a group of Syrian refugees finally made it to the Send Relief hub at Clarkston International Bible Church in Clarkston, Ga. The eight families had fled from the civil war in Syria. Now, they were on the run from Hurricane Irma.

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