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  • California’s Camp Fire: ‘It never turned daylight’

    November 19 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    California’s Camp Fire: ‘It never turned daylight’

    Members of Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church have asked Pastor Bob Sorensen if they will continue to have a church but not because their building is gone. They ask because the Camp Fire destroyed much of their community. “We’ve had disasters before, and we thought we would be able to just go back,” Sorensen said.

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  • Students join hurricane relief efforts in N.C.

    October 19 2018 by Laura Sikes, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Students join hurricane relief efforts in N.C.

    When an East Carolina University cross country team found they had an off weekend from running, they decided to go and help survivors of Hurricane Florence. They joined a college-wide effort to help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers serve in the hard-hit New Bern, N.C., area. 

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  • DR requests & salvations continue in Carolina relief

    October 8 2018 by Laura Sikes, NAMB | with 0 comments
    DR requests & salvations continue in Carolina relief

    When 89-year-old William Cunniff returned to his flood-damaged home in North Carolina, he found mold climbing the walls of every room, the remains of Hurricane Florence. Cunniff had evacuated and stayed out of the state with relatives until it was safe to return. The widower and U.S. Marine Corps veteran found that his home of 20 years …

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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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  • 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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  • Iowa tornado devastation triggers Baptist DR response

    July 27 2018 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Iowa tornado devastation triggers Baptist DR response

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams have begun cleanup work in Marshalltown, Iowa, following a devastating tornado July 19. A Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief team arrived Tuesday to set up incident command at Iglesia Karios in Marshalltown. Chainsaw teams from Iowa have dispersed throughout the city to clear debris.

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  • Gatlinburg fire: DR volunteers urged to be patient

    December 6 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gatlinburg fire: DR volunteers urged to be patient

    The Tennessee Baptist Convention, the Woman’s Missionary Union and Southern Baptists serving in local government are among those providing aid in the wake of wildfires that killed at least 14 people in and around Gatlinburg. But TBC disaster relief officials are urging those wishing to volunteer to be patient.

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  • ‘Heartbroken’: Tennessee fires destroy homes, churches

    November 30 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Heartbroken’: Tennessee fires destroy homes, churches

    Wildfires in and around the east Tennessee resort area of Gatlinburg have destroyed the facilities of at least one Southern Baptist church, claimed buildings at two other churches and prompted local believers to launch relief ministries. The reported 14 blazes near Gatlinburg were among a series of wildfires that led Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units to deploy.

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  • N.C. anticipates weeks of continued Matthew recovery

    October 31 2016 by Joe Conway, NAMB & BR staff | with 0 comments
    N.C. anticipates weeks of continued Matthew recovery

    Scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of 1999’s Hurricane Floyd are playing out across a 250-mile stretch of North Carolina. Already North Carolina Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, and those from seven other states, have served Hurricane Matthew survivors by preparing more than 400,000 meals from six kitchens.

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  • Florida volunteers tending to post-Hermine needs

    September 9 2016 by Barbara Denman, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Florida volunteers tending to post-Hermine needs

    When forecasters predicted Hurricane Hermine would bring a tidal surge of about three feet from the Gulf of Mexico’s churning waters, pastor Alan Ritter thought First Baptist Church in Homosassa would be safe from damage several miles inland. But Ritter faced the worst when late-breaking news of the storm suggested a seven-foot tidal surge would hit.

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  • Eternity meshes with flood relief in Louisiana

    September 8 2016 by Baptist Message & Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Eternity meshes with flood relief in Louisiana

    Floodwater stopped two feet short of the church building where Bethlehem Baptist was sheltering 350 survivors of the onslaught of south Louisiana’s flooding. The reprieve gave student minister Jase Shawley a chance to deliver a Sunday sermon, the day after the survivors’ sudden evacuation – a reprieve that affected eternity for some of the evacuees.

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  • Disaster Relief volunteer dies while serving in Louisiana

    September 6 2016 by The Alabama Baptist staff | with 0 comments
    Disaster Relief volunteer dies while serving in Louisiana

    Working as part of his church’s disaster relief team, Sonny Ellis died while doing what he did best – serving people. “He was showing the people of Denham Springs, La., an example of what Jesus would do,” said Roy Hill, pastor of First Baptist Church in Satsuma, Ala.

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  • New birth sprouts among dozens of flood survivors

    August 31 2016 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    New birth sprouts among dozens of flood survivors

    “I would go to hell,” a man replied honestly when Wayne Barber asked where he thought he would be if he died. But the man, who was helping his sister with her flooded Louisiana home, changed his demeanor as Barber explained the gospel to him and the man prayed to receive Christ.

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  • Disaster Relief brings stability to flood survivors

    August 31 2016 by Carmen K. Sisson, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Disaster Relief brings stability to flood survivors

    The stench of floodwater filled the air, mingling with a hint of mold. Kim Rowland, a volunteer with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, remained undaunted. One by one, she pulled items from the lower cabinet – a crockpot filled with water the color of thin gumbo, fine china spattered with mud and glass baking dishes frosted with sediment.

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  • Disaster Relief volunteers witness power of community

    August 29 2016 by Carmen K. Sisson, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Disaster Relief volunteers witness power of community

    Jerry Ritter’s Tuesday began at 4 a.m., but he was still brimming with enthusiasm at the closing of another day of flood relief in Baton Rouge, La. Ritter arrived in Louisiana with other members of a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief kitchen crew. Though he was tired, he considered the hard day’s work to be a blessing.

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