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  • Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    February 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground and others are on standby after weekend tornadoes and flooding killed five people and damaged homes in five states. Two disaster relief teams have been deployed in Tennessee; Illinois is assessing a response to flooding there; and teams are on standby in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio.

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  • Missouri flooding damages churches, calls DR to action

    May 3 2017 by Brian Koonce, Missouri Pathway | with 0 comments
    Missouri flooding damages churches, calls DR to action

    As flood waters climb banks, close roads and wash over entire towns, Missouri Baptists remain ready to help their communities dry out. With some parts of the state seeing rain for four or five straight days and clocking more than a foot of precipitation over the weekend, Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency.

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  • Weekend storms draw Southern Baptist disaster relief

    May 2 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Weekend storms draw Southern Baptist disaster relief

    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 executive Mickey Caison said. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors in Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas have sent assessment teams to communities damaged by tornadoes and flooding.

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  • 8-year-old tallies $7,000 for flood recovery

    November 4 2016 by Brian Blackwell, Louisiana Baptist Message | with 0 comments
    8-year-old tallies $7,000 for flood recovery

    When 8-year-old Taylor Henry saw the devastation from flooding in south Louisiana, she wanted to do something. What she did not foresee is how her desire would turn into an effort that raised more than $7,000 for those affected by record flooding in August.

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  • Flood survivor in tumult lifted by chaplain

    October 12 2016 by Julia Bell, South Carolina Baptist Courier | with 0 comments
    Flood survivor in tumult lifted by chaplain

    Andrea Muncy’s life was unraveling. The young mother was carrying years of emotional hurts, addicted to prescription pain medication and in a difficult relationship. Then the flood came. “That’s what it took for God to get my attention,” Muncy said of the torrential rainfall and flooding in South Carolina in October 2015.

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  • Rivers continue to rise behind Hurricane Matthew

    October 10 2016 by K. Allan Blume and Dianna L. Cagle, BR staff | with 0 comments
    Rivers continue to rise behind Hurricane Matthew

    North Carolina continues to reel from the after effects of Hurricane Matthew. As rising rivers have yet to crest in many areas, North Carolina Baptists are responding where they can. North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM), also known as Baptists on Mission, is responding to the crisis as quickly as conditions will allow.

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  • Baptist flood recovery aid slated through 2017

    September 19 2016 by Josie Rabbitt, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptist flood recovery aid slated through 2017

    The North American Mission Board is facilitating a recovery effort to help Louisiana flood survivors rebuild and to assist churches and individuals who want to serve. The initiative, under NAMB’s Send Relief ministry, will begin Oct. 1 and continue at least through the end of 2017.

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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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  • Chaplains relay ‘glimpses of hope’ amid flood crisis

    August 26 2016 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Chaplains relay ‘glimpses of hope’ amid flood crisis

    The catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana is quite different for Southern Baptist chaplains in the National Guard than anything they have seen before and, at the same time, all too familiar. Brigade Chaplain Page Brooks said even though record rainfall and flooding didn’t come from a named storm, the devastation is much the same.

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  • Volunteers continue to aid Louisiana flood survivors

    August 24 2016 by Carmen K. Sisson, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Volunteers continue to aid Louisiana flood survivors

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continue flood recovery efforts across Louisiana, coping with intermittent rain as they tear out insulation, sweep mud from houses and carry buckets of sodden clothing to curbs. Few areas were left unscathed when nearly 7 trillion gallons of rain fell, killing 13 people and damaging more than 60,000 homes.

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