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  • N.C. disaster relief crews deploy in twister’s wake

    April 30 2018 by NCBM/Biblical Recorder | with 0 comments
    N.C. disaster relief crews deploy in twister’s wake

    More than 1,000 homes, businesses, churches and schools were damaged or destroyed when tornadoes with winds approaching 135 miles per hour swept through Guilford and Rockingham counties April 15. North Carolina Baptists on Mission responded quickly to the disaster, setting up two sites. By April 17, 10 projects had been completed.

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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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  • 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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  • Tornado sends church members to elementary school

    November 27 2017 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Tornado sends church members to elementary school

    A Tennessee church is trekking across the street to an elementary school for worship after sustaining damage from an EF-1 tornado, including a toppled steeple that left a hole in the roof above the sanctuary. Mark Marshall said he is thankful the school is willing to lend its facilities.

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  • Oklahoma DR chainsaw units deploy after Tulsa tornadoes

    August 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma DR chainsaw units deploy after Tulsa tornadoes

    Driving to Tulsa, Okla., a day after three rare August tornadoes destroyed property and injured dozens there Aug. 6, Southern Baptist disaster relief leader Sam Porter was on the phone with a member of First Baptist Church of Jenks, Okla., a Tulsa suburb.

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  • ‘Go-to’ agency commits to long-term recovery efforts

    May 31 2017 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    ‘Go-to’ agency commits to long-term recovery efforts

    Packed with prayer, a building dedication in Lumberton brought local and state leaders together. “Sat., Oct. 8, 2016, is a date many people in Eastern North Carolina will never forget,” said Richard Brunson, executive director of North Carolina Baptists on Mission, during a ceremony to dedicate a new hub for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

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  • 6 tornadoes in 3 counties: Texas rallies DR response

    May 4 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    6 tornadoes in 3 counties: Texas rallies DR response

    Even before the last of six deadly tornadoes hit three counties east of Dallas on the afternoon of May 1, disaster relief teams with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention had assembled under the supervision of incident commander Daniel White. Four people were killed and dozens injured during the storms.

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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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  • William Carey reopens amid campus tornado recovery

    February 14 2017 by Mia Anderson Overton, WCU | with 0 comments
    William Carey reopens amid campus tornado recovery

    Students will return to William Carey University Feb. 17-19, with spring classes slated to begin Monday, Feb. 20, following a tornado that tore through the campus Jan. 21. Valerie Bridgeforth, director of student services, toured the various dormitories slated to reopen and was impressed with the progress that has been made.

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  • Louisiana tornado destroys church, delays NOBTS chapel

    February 9 2017 by Baptist Message & NOBTS staff | with 0 comments
    Louisiana tornado destroys church, delays NOBTS chapel

    An EF-3 tornado that touched down in eastern New Orleans Feb. 7 heavily damaged a Southern Baptist church’s facility and briefly interrupted a chapel service at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Initial reports estimated 250 homes damaged with 31 people injured. No fatalities have been reported.

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  • William Carey University tornado cleanup draws Baptist support

    February 9 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    William Carey University tornado cleanup draws Baptist support

    William Carey University will move students back to its Hattiesburg, Miss., campus and begin the spring trimester less than a month after an EF-3 tornado damaged nearly all of its 30 buildings. Five buildings will have to be demolished, but “several classroom buildings” and housing for 739 students will open Feb. 20.

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  • Students to receive WMU aid after tornado

    January 31 2017 by Janis Ezell, WMU | with 0 comments
    Students to receive WMU aid after tornado

    Children of missionaries (MKs) and international students attending tornado-ravaged William Carey University in Mississippi are being assisted by a $5,000 grant from national Woman’s Missionary Union and the WMU Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase gift cards for the MKs as well as international students affected by the tornado’s devastation.

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  • Tornadoes: 2 Georgia Baptists killed; cleanup begins

    January 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Tornadoes: 2 Georgia Baptists killed; cleanup begins

    As the Southeast recovers from a deadly storm system that swept the region, Georgia Baptists are mourning the deaths of an elderly couple who were members of First Baptist Church in Nashville, Ga. Meanwhile, the president of William Carey University said the campus “looks a lot better” following initial cleanup efforts.

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  • Mississippi tornado damages William Carey University

    January 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Mississippi tornado damages William Carey University

    An EF3 tornado that ripped through southern Mississippi Jan. 21 in the wee hours of the morning damaged nearly all of the 30 buildings on William Carey University's Hattiesburg campus and left seven students injured. William Carey is affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention and has campuses in Hattiesburg and Biloxi.

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  • Okla. Baptist DR helps tornado victims

    March 30 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Okla. Baptist DR helps tornado victims

    Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers began preparing meals, clearing debris and repairing damaged homes March 27 after tornadoes swept across central and northeastern Oklahoma just two days earlier, killing at least one person. At least 75 homes were destroyed and several hundred were damaged in the Oklahoma City metro area ...

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