Baptist Press Archive

Monday, August 16, 2004

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  • Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers rush to aid victims of Hurricane Charley

    by Lee Weeks, posted Monday, August 16, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Southern comfort


    Julius Ewing of First Baptist Church in Summerdale, Ala., and a volunteer for Southern Baptist disaster relief, prepares a meal Aug. 15. The team, from Alabama and Mississippi, operated from the grounds of First Baptist Church in Arcadia, Fla. Photo by James A. Smith Sr./Florida Baptist Witness


    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--More than 70 Southern Baptist disaster relief units from 11 states had been activated as of midafternoon Aug. 16 to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts in southwest Florida in the wake of Hurricane Charley, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. mainland in more than a decade.

          Mickey Caison, manager of the Disaster Operations Center at the North American Mission Board, said that about 80 additional chainsaw/recovery units could be activated as early as today, the fourth day of response following the devastating hurricane which is responsible for 17 confirmed deaths and billions of dollars in property damage.

          “A lot of chainsaw units are ready to roll,” Caison said. “We’ve just got to build the logistics to support them before we move them out.” Read More

  • Churches gather for worship to give thanks in wake of Charley

    by Staff, posted Monday, August 16, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Damage doesn’t deter worship
    Hurricane Charley struck the campus of Orlando's First Baptist Church on Aug. 13. Gusts reaching 145 mph caused extensive damage to the two-story Faith Building, which houses meeting rooms and a kitchen. The damage did not keep members from gathering for worship.Photo by James A. Smith Sr./Florida Baptist Witness


    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (BP)--Even as Hurricane Charley left widespread destruction around them, God's people gathered for Sunday services to count their blessings.

    Outside Eastside Baptist Church in Punta Gorda, Fla., one of the hardest-hit areas, a spray-painted sign said, "Community service, 11 a.m. Come as you are." And people did. They began arriving about an hour early, according to the St. Petersburg Times, and as they stood in the church's parking lot, President Bush passed by in his motorcade. He rolled down the window, gave them a thumb's up and continued on his route to survey the damage. Read More

  • Charley delays man’s baptism but doesn't challenge his faith

    by James A. Smith Sr., posted Monday, August 16, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Building damaged; faith intact


    The sanctuary steeple of First Baptist Church in Punta Gorda, Fla., lies on the roof Aug. 15, the first Sunday after Hurricane Charley devastated the Southwest Florida city. “God’s with us to save our lives and show us His true power,” says member Jim Schaaf. Photo by James A. Smith Sr./Florida Baptist Witness


    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (BP)--Jim Schaaf looked forward to celebrating his baptism Aug. 15 -– publicly displaying his identification with his Lord, Jesus Christ. Instead, he and his wife, Joan, spent his birthday and what was to be his baptism day roaming through the deserted and disheveled property of First Baptist Church in Punta Gorda, Fla.

          The Florida Baptist Witness visited the church property Sunday morning, Aug. 15, and found the Schaafs inspecting the damage in what they called "a daze" -- like most of the residents of the city which bore the worst devastation from Hurricane Charley two days before.

          Although the main building suffered what appeared to be superficial damage -- with the steeple snapped off its base and laying on the roof, the church parsonage seemed to have significant damage, including the loss of a large portion of its second story. Read More

  • True Love Waits takes Olympic stage; event broadcast on web

    by Chris Turner, posted Monday, August 16, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    TLW in Athens

    ATHENS (BP)--Sexual abstinence will rise to a world stage -- at the base of the Acropolis -- when True Love Waits makes its Olympic debut Aug. 22.

    True Love Waits, a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources, is partnering with Lay Witnesses for Christ International to host “An Evening with the Olympians: True Love Waits” in Athens’ Dora Stratou Theatre located at the base of the Acropolis. Read More

  • Wall Street Journal article draws Land’s praise except for 1 quote

    by Dwayne Hastings, posted Monday, August 16, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--While an article in the Aug. 13 Wall Street Journal provided a good overview of public policy activity by Americans of several faiths, Richard Land said it conveyed an erroneous impression in its recounting of a quote attributed to him. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: How small groups can impact others for Christ

    by Rick Warren, posted Monday, August 16, 2004 (13 years ago)

    LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--Do you remember the story of the paralytic in Luke 5 when four men broke through the roof of a synagogue to lower their friend to Jesus? Sometimes it takes something that radical to lead someone to Jesus! Read More