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  • Hurricane Michael: Baptists preparing response

    October 12 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Hurricane Michael: Baptists preparing response

    Southern Baptists are poised to respond after Hurricane Michael made landfall with sustained wind speeds just two miles per hour short of a Category 5 storm Oct. 10. The storm took a direct shot to the Florida Panhandle near Mexico Beach, Fla. And it was the third strongest in recorded United States history …

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  • Michael looms: DR preps against ‘compassion fatigue’

    October 10 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Michael looms: DR preps against ‘compassion fatigue’

    “This year is beginning to look more like our 2017 hurricane response,” said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), as Hurricane Michael pressed toward the Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 9. “The storms are simply happening a month later than they did last year,” said Porter …

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  • Baptist DR sees urgency in getting roofs patched

    September 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptist DR sees urgency in getting roofs patched

    With various South Carolina communities still plagued by flooding, Southern Baptists Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers have been working tirelessly to help survivors of Hurricane Florence since its landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14. Several flooded rivers were expected to crest Sept. 26, and as the waters started to recede, SBDR volunteers faced a pressing need …

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  • ‘After Maria’: Puerto Rico remains changed by storm

    September 21 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘After Maria’: Puerto Rico remains changed by storm

    “Before Maria and after Maria” is the word on the streets of Puerto Rico. “That’s how life changed,” native Puerto Rican and Southern Baptist minister Jonathan Santiago told Baptist Press a year after the hurricane. In Santiago’s observation, churches, including Southern Baptist congregations, lost about 35 percent of their attendance.

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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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  • 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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  • GenSend helps students venture to the mission field

    August 2 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    GenSend helps students venture to the mission field

    College-age students are moving to urban areas across North America in search of opportunity. For one group, however, the opportunity they seek is not economic but spiritual. Students who participate in Send Relief’s GenSend program want to further the cause of Christ in areas where the gospel has not taken root.

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  • California wildfires: Chaplains become first phase of DR

    July 31 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    California wildfires: Chaplains become first phase of DR

    California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) chaplaincy teams have begun providing spiritual and emotional counseling to survivors of Northern California’s Carr fire, which started on July 23 and rapidly grew over the weekend to consume more than 98,000 acres.

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  • SBDR deploying 4 kitchens to south Louisiana

    August 18 2016 by Joe Conway, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBDR deploying 4 kitchens to south Louisiana

    The death toll in south Louisiana’s unprecedented flooding has risen to 11, and at least 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. In response, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is deploying volunteers, equipment and resources to the affected area, including four kitchens in Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette and Walker.

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  • Rescue of 18 from flood: ‘doing what I had to do’

    July 20 2016 by Laura Sikes, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Rescue of 18 from flood: ‘doing what I had to do’

    Rob Bowen had a decision to make. Flee rising floodwaters or help others find safety. The night of the historic flooding in West Virginia, Bowen and his wife Terri decided they would aid their neighbors. Bowen said he found himself out in the darkness in his kayak with a friend searching for neighbors.

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  • Volunteers continue serving West Virginia flood survivors

    Three weeks after historic flooding in West Virginia, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continue to serve survivors as they begin the long process of recovery. Southern Baptists are serving in the Charleston, W.Va., area in Kanawha County along the Elk River. Volunteers manned one of three feeding kitchens in the state.

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  • ‘It’s working,’ Ezell says of strategy & direction

    June 17 2016 by Joe Conway, North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    ‘It’s working,’ Ezell says of strategy & direction

    Addressing Southern Baptist messengers during their annual meeting in St. Louis, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell asked them and himself – “Is it working?” Ezell’s question referred to the overall strategy and direction of the mission board.

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  • Ferguson church partners with Send Relief debut

    June 15 2016 by Joe Conway, North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Ferguson church partners with Send Relief debut

    As a primary partner in the launch of the North American Mission Board’s Send Relief initiative, a metro St. Louis church reintroduced itself June 11 to a couple thousand of its neighbors on a day that coincided with the evangelism effort Crossover St. Louis.

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  • Send Relief VP Melber brings ‘passion, experience’

    October 9 2015 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Send Relief VP Melber brings ‘passion, experience’

    David Melber was approved as vice president of Send Relief by North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees at their Oct. 7 meeting in Salt Lake City. NAMB’s trustees also approved funding for the new ministry area. Melber comes to NAMB after 12 years as president and CEO of Crossings camp outreach ...

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  • TRUSTEES: ‘This is NAMB Phase II’

    July 1 2015 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    TRUSTEES: ‘This is NAMB Phase II’

    North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell shared updates and a new “NAMB Phase II” vision with the entity’s trustees during their June meeting. Ezell said NAMB wants to see as many new churches as possible. But he noted the entity will give greater focus to quality, not quantity …

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