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Collegians wrapping up post-Sandy disaster relief work
NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- No more sleeping in tents or working long hours during a cold New York City winter. For collegestudents who've spent part of their Christmas break ministering to Hurricane Sandy survivors, it's back to their routines of school, work, church and friends.
Many also will return with memories and experiences that'll last a lifetime.
"There's nothing that replaces the look on a homeowner's face when you get to talk with them and you get to share the Gospel with them, when you get to look them in the eyesand pray with them and tell them there's hope in the middle of this destruction," said Jordan Niemeyer, a student at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind.
The last team of students serving in disaster relief roles in the Northeast head back to school during the week of Jan. 21. More than 500 Southern Baptist students from 22 states have participated in the DR initiative.
As the students head back to school, Southern Baptists will continue transitioning to a long-term strategy of ministry to Hurricane Sandy survivors. Fritz Wilson, the North American Mission Board's executive director of disaster relief, said SBDR ministry in the region will continue for as long as a year.
Long-range SBDR plans in the Sandy-affected areas will focus on places where the Baptist Convention of New York and Send North America: New York City teams will be starting new churches. Wilson hopes the relationships and goodwill garnered by SBDR efforts will help church plants as they reach out to their communities.
"We can't be everywhere, so we want to be in those communities where we'll be starting new churches so we can enhance what they're doing," Wilson said.
In this long-term work, Wilson said Southern Baptists will continue to do some flood recovery -- such as mud-out work -- but they will do more pressure washing and spraying. Many homeowners have cleaned out their homes but they need help to get rid of the mold. Wilson said SBDR will also be helping in some rebuilding efforts. Read More
Hobby Lobby finds short-term way to avoid finesOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Hobby Lobby says it has found a way to avoid for "several months" being penalized by the federal government for not covering abortion-inducing drugs in its employee health care plans. Read More
Iranian-American pastor threatened with death
TEHRAN (BP) -- Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor currently imprisoned in Iran, is being threatened with death as the country continues its longstanding pressures against Christians, according to a U.S. organization advocating in Abedini's behalf. Read More
States deliver 43 pro-life laws in 2012
WASHINGTON (BP) -- As the United States approaches Roe v. Wade's 40th anniversary, pro-life advocates have gained ground in restricting the number of abortions taking place every year. In 2012, 43 pro-life provisions went into effect in 19 states, the second highest number after states enacted 92 pro-life laws in 2011. Read More
FedEx donates Boeing 727 to Calif. Baptist Univ.RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) -- FedEx Express has donated a Boeing 727-200F to California Baptist University for its new aviation science program. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Religious freedom -- at the cost of $1.3 million per day
Columnist James A. Smith Sr. says Christians should pay attention to the religious liberty legal battle involving Hobby Lobby, which could face millions of dollars in fines for not paying for abortion-inducing drugs. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Trusting God in the winter of life
Pastor and columnist David Jeremiah gives advice to the elderly for trusting God in the winter of life. Read More
BP Ledger, Jan. 14, 2013
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:
William Carey Library
World News Service (two items)
New Ralph D. Winter Biography Highlights Lasting Impact of Sometimes Controversial World-Changer
PASADENA, Calif. (William Carey Library) -- Legendary... Read More