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700 Baptist volunteers at work, sent by 25 state conventions
EDISON, N.J. (BP) -- "We've faced some tremendous challenges, but we are still serving people despite it all," said Karen Smith, a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leader serving with her Kentucky feeding kitchen at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, N.Y."This has been an awesome experience," said Smith, whose team was among the first SBDR units deployed in response to Hurricane Sandy. "We've faced obstacles, but we are here serving people in need."
Smith and her crew of 37 fellow Kentuckians have been preparing meals for nearly a week. They supplied 15,000 meals on Sunday, Nov. 4, to be delivered by American Red Cross volunteers into the surrounding community. Smith expected the total to be much higher Monday. Kentucky Kitchen 01 is capable of producing 50,000 meals per day.
Four professions of faith in Christ were reported by volunteers -- two armed services members at a military base and a couple in coastal New Jersey. Members of a Tennessee SBDR team were distributing meals at the base when they were able to share the Gospel with the servicemen.
In Little Egg Harbor, N.J., a South Carolina recovery crisis intervention team was canvassing a neighborhood, South Carolina disaster relief director Cliff Satterwhite recounted. Two male members of the team led the husband to faith in Christ at the front door of the home while two female members shared the Gospel with the wife in the backyard.
As more SBDR volunteers arrived in the affected areas over the weekend, plans were developing for the transition to recovery work, primarily chain saw, mud-out and clean-up. And with a predicted nor'easter on its way to the region, a tremendous amount of work is yet to be done, according to SBDR leaders. Forecasts called for freeze advisories Monday night and warned of winds from 20-30 mph and up to three inches of rain when the storm was expected to come through Wednesday.
SBDR leaders cautioned against sending donations of supplies or collected items to the affected areas. ... Read More
Churches, volunteers join to ease sufferingLUMBERTON, N.J. (BP) -- Serving as a command center for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers has offered Southside Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.J., rich opportunities for fellowship with other believers, said Fernando Downs, pastor of the 150-member congregation. Read More
Gay marriage, marijuana among key initiativesWASHINGTON (BP) -- Every election is historic, but in future years Tuesday's election could be viewed as pivotal in determining whether gay marriage eventually is legalized in all 50 states. Read More
Kassian's counsel aired by Focus on the FamilyCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Fiercely independent, strong and brash are what many in the western world value in a woman, but Mary Kassian says young women should have a different take on femininity -- a gentle, quiet spirit. Read More
LifeWay launches ebookstore & ereader appNASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has launched a new ebookstore at LifeWay.com and a new mobile ebook reader, making it more convenient for customers to take their favorite books with them wherever they go. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A prayer for America on Election Day
Columnist R. Albert Mohler Jr. lists nine ways to pray for our nation and our leaders this Election Day. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Being God's ambassador on Election Day
Standing in a long line on Election Day can open an opportunity to shine the light of Christ, says columnist Diana Davis. Read More
BP Ledger, Nov. 5 edition
EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.
Today's BP Ledger contains items from:
Open Doors News
University of the Cumberlands
Uzbekistan increases charges against church leader in Kazakhstan jail
Makset Djabbarbergenov faces extradition to h... Read More