• Hawaii volcano blasts churches into action

    May 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hawaii volcano blasts churches into action

    Amid a lava flow that has destroyed three dozen structures and the threat of a violent volcanic eruption, Hawaii’s churches “are working in really neat ways,” said Chris Martin, executive director of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention. Congregations on Hawaii’s Big Island have banded together to pray and secure housing for evacuees.

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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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  • Deadly mudslides follow wildfire threat at California church

    January 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly mudslides follow wildfire threat at California church

    Deadly mudslides driven by intense rain evacuated Springs of Life Church Jan. 9, just a month after it served as a staging area for firefighters battling the massive Thomas wildfire. The church sits just inside a mandatory evacuation area where walls of mud rushed parched, barren land unable to absorb sudden torrential rains.

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  • FEMA: Churches now eligible for recovery funds

    January 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    FEMA: Churches now eligible for recovery funds

    Churches whose facilities have been damaged by natural disasters now are eligible to receive relief funds from the federal government, according to a Jan. 2 announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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  • Wave of homelessness crashes over West Coast

    December 29 2017 by Rob Holmes, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Wave of homelessness crashes over West Coast

    Crowded encampments have sprung up along transportation corridors, rivers and sidewalks up and down the West Coast following a surge in homelessness, according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released this month.

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  • Iran-Iraq earthquake called 2017’s deadliest yet

    November 14 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iran-Iraq earthquake called 2017’s deadliest yet

    The death toll continues to rise after the deadliest earthquake of 2017 shook the Iran-Iraq border late Nov. 12. More than 450 people have been killed and 7,000 injured in the 7.3-magnitude quake, with major aftershocks continuing to shake the region, extending into Turkey, Kuwait, Pakistan and Lebanon, according to CNN.

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  • Rick Warren counsels Texas pastors amid Harvey relief

    September 26 2017 by Erin Roach, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Rick Warren counsels Texas pastors amid Harvey relief

    The losses that are going to hurt the longest after Hurricane Harvey are the invisible ones, pastor Rick Warren told a group of Southeast Texas pastors at Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont as he counseled them on how to help people recover in what could be “the church’s finest hour.”

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  • Another Mexico quake compounds disaster response needs

    September 21 2017 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Another Mexico quake compounds disaster response needs

    In the aftermath of an earthquake in central Mexico that killed at least 217 people, Southern Baptists are moving to assess opportunities for response. The 7.1-magnitude quake struck Sept. 19, exactly 32 years after an even-larger tremor devastated large areas of Mexico City and killed about 10,000 people.

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  • Harvey response begins amid widespread flooding

    August 29 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Harvey response begins amid widespread flooding

    As of Monday morning, news outlets reported that Hurricane Harvey had already dropped 11 trillion gallons of rain over south Texas. More than 300,000 customers were without power. Officials have declared 62 counties disaster areas as the initial destruction caused by 132 mph wind gusts has been showered with unprecedented levels of rainfall.

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  • First a tornado, now theft strike New Orleans church

    July 27 2017 by Louisiana Baptist Message staff | with 0 comments
    First a tornado, now theft strike New Orleans church

    Just a few months from completing a renovation of its buildings heavily damaged by a tornado in February, a New Orleans church has suffered yet another setback – theft from its worship center. Multiple times over a six-day period, burglars have broken into the worship center of Suburban Baptist Church and stolen office and construction equipment.

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  • Student missions team involved in deadly bus accident

    June 13 2017 by Margaret Colson, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Student missions team involved in deadly bus accident

    Thirty-eight students and adult chaperones traveling from Huntsville, Ala., to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a mission trip to Botswana were involved in a horrific accident June 8 that left dozens injured and killed one student. The church bus from Mount Zion Baptist Church flipped onto its roof, claiming the life of 17-year-old Sarah Harmening.

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  • Healing is pastor McLean’s plea after TX bus tragedy

    April 7 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Healing is pastor McLean’s plea after TX bus tragedy

    Healing has just begun at First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, pastor Brad McLean told the congregation after the loss of members in a bus accident. “We gather as a church family who has suffered the loss of 13 of our family members, and so we gather with a heavy heart this morning,“ McLean said during the service.

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  • Bus tragedy inspires ‘compassionate response’

    April 3 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bus tragedy inspires ‘compassionate response’

    The setting sun over New Braunfels, Texas, found First Baptist Church holding a vigil on its lawn in remembrance of the 13 senior church members killed in a tragic bus accident. Senior pastor Brad McLean and his congregation have expressed appreciation for the outpouring of love and sympathy already expressed from the country.

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  • Texas church mourns loss of 13 members in bus tragedy

    March 31 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Texas church mourns loss of 13 members in bus tragedy

    “Death could not hold Him,” proclaims the website of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. The bright Easter message of Jesus’ resurrection sits just above the tragic announcement of 13 members who died March 29 in a bus accident. The church cancelled Wednesday evening services and opened the sanctuary for prayer that night.

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  • Africa drought victims ‘family’ to Kentucky volunteer

    March 24 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Africa drought victims ‘family’ to Kentucky volunteer

    Residents of drought-stricken Lesotho, Africa, became like family to 64-year-old Karen Smith of Shepherdsville, Ky., the first time she took them food. “You go with expectations of doing a job and it quickly becomes more than a job. It becomes personal,” Smith, volunteer feeding coordinator for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said.

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