Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

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  • Appeals court rejects rehearing request on assisted suicide

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has rebuffed the Justice Department’s request for reconsideration of the court’s May decision blocking a federal ban on the use of drugs to aid patients in committing suicide in Oregon. Read More

  • SBC disaster relief response expands in wake of Charley

    by Lee Weeks, posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Aftermath cleanup


    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer Henderson Traylor from Wetampka, Ala., cuts up fallen trees in Arcadia, Fla. The trees were damaged by Hurricane Charley. He is one of an estimated 750 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers working in the area after Hurricane Charley hit. Photo by Kathleen Murray

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)-Four days after Hurricane Charley ripped through Florida, Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts continued to build with nearly 100 cleanup and recovery teams activated, representing more than a dozen Baptist state conventions.

          Mickey Caison, manager of the Disaster Operations Center at the North American Mission Board, said that as of early afternoon, Aug. 17, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers had prepared more than 30,000 meals.

          Nearly 800 Southern Baptist volunteers from across the country, Caison said, were participating in more than 350 disaster relief projects throughout southwest Florida in the wake of Hurricane Charley. State officials attribute 19 deaths to the storm and more than $11 billion in property damage.

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    Meeting the need


    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers Vernon Boteler from Florence, Miss., and Mike Thorn from Fulton, Miss., prepare food to be sent out by the Red Cross into the Arcadia, Fla., community, which was damaged by Hurricane Charley. They are two of an estimated 750 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers working in the area after Hurricane Charley hit. Photo by Kathleen Murray


          Caison said Southern Baptist volunteers are providing both physical and spiritual care to Floridians during the time of crisis. For example, he said, a Southern Baptist volunteer from Mississippi had the opportunity to pray publicly with a local sheriff at a county emergency operations center.

          "I believe God is truly being glorified by the words and actions of Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers serving sacrificially throughout central and southwest Florida," Caison said.

          Baptist state conventions in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Texas activated additional shower units, mobile kitchens and chainsaw & recovery teams, Aug. 17, for assignment to Florida sites including Orlando, Ft. Myers, Bartow, and Punta Gorda -- a small city in the midst of a densely populated retirement area and a primary recipient of Charley's wrath. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Gentleness & peace in storm’s wake

    by James A. Smith Sr., posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

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    Anything but....


    Despite the message of this sign (parking lots are named for different fruit of the Spirit in Gal. 5:22-23), Hurricane Charley was not gentle to the campus of Orlando’s First Baptist Church on Aug. 13. Gusts reached 145 mph, toppling large trees across the expansive grounds. Photo by James A. Smith Sr./Florida Baptist Witness


    ARCADIA, Fla. (BP)--The Sunshine State is famous for its fruit, but it wasn’t citrus products that were on my mind as I surveyed the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Charley. Reminders of a different kind of produce seemed to follow me on my trek. Read More

  • 2 days after storm, Fla. churches gather to worship

    by James A. Smith Sr., posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

    SOUTHWEST FLORIDA (BP)--The absence of lights and air conditioning and even the destruction or damage of homes in the wake of Hurricane Charley could not prevent some churches from meeting on the first Lord’s Day following the category four storm that pummeled southwest Florida Aug. 13. Read More

  • Fla. Baptist leaders promise help to those hurt by Charley

    by Joni B. Hannigan, posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--The Florida Baptist Convention cannot “fix” every problem, but it can and will help in the wake of Hurricane Charley, the state’s executive director-treasurer pledged Aug. 16. Read More

  • ‘God bless you,’ Sen. Nelson says to Charley volunteers

    by James A. Smith Sr., posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (BP)--Standing a block away from President George W. Bush’s motorcade as it rumbled through downtown Punta Gorda, Fla., Aug. 15, Sen. Bill Nelson, D.-Fla., had a simple message for the myriad of volunteers who have come to southwest Florida to assist with the Hurricane Charley clean-up: “God bless you!” Read More

  • Toward 1 million baptism goal, LifeWay sends $1.6M to states

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--LifeWay Christian Resources will invest more than $1.6 million in 14 Baptist state conventions to fund evangelism projects aimed at helping Southern Baptists achieve 1 million baptisms in 2005. Read More

  • Major Sports Event Partnership helps spread Word in Athens

    by Allen Palmeri, posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (BP)--Christian ministries have converged on Athens for the 2004 Olympic Games with a unified, organized approach to evangelism through a comprehensive volunteer network they call “More Than Gold.”

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Aborting the conscience

    by Russell D. Moore, posted Tuesday, August 17, 2004 (14 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Recently a woman wrote a back-page commentary in the New York Times Magazine about her decision to abort two of her triplets, a choice she tells readers wasn’t all that difficult and she’s glad she made. After all, she doesn’t want to have to live in Staten Island and shop at Costco for the really big tubs of mayonnaise. And her Manhattan apartment has several flights of stairs. Read More