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Friday, August 20, 2004

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  • SBC president carries hope to the hurting along hurricane's path

    by Joni B. Hannigan, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NORTH PORT, Fla. (BP)--The devastation of southwest Florida by Hurricane Charley reminded Bobby Welch of two other experiences that hit close to home -- Hurricane Andrew and the war in Vietnam.

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    Focusing on needs


    Addressing a young man’s spiritual as well as physical needs, Bobby Welch (right), SBC president and Daytona Beach pastor, gives him a tract and a word of encouragement as well as fresh water in a heavily damaged neighborhood still without basic services in Arcadia, Fla.Photo by Kathleen Murray


          Welch, president of the 16-million-member Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., surveyed nearly a dozen sites Aug. 18 where hundreds of thousands of Floridians were left shattered and homeless by the category four hurricane that cut a 200-mile-long and 30-mile-wide swath through the peninsular state Aug. 13.

          “The only place I have ever seen to rival what happened at Homestead (Fla.) in the night was the war in Vietnam. You have a lot of that same stuff here,” said Welch, digesting the day’s images of crumpled metal trailers, mile after mile of torn and mangled tree branches and twisted wires and road signs bent nearly to the ground from the force of the wind.

          Dressed in blue jeans and hiking boots, the Alabama native drove with water and supplies from Daytona Beach, where his own house and church were still without power from the massive storm, through Orlando, south to Arcadia, and then west to Punta Gorda where Charley’s massive winds and pounding rain came on shore. Read More

  • Prayerwalking, families prepared for hurricane's onslaught

    by Joni B. Hannigan & Karen Kendrick, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Walking the line


    Workers have been working long hours on power lines damaged by Hurricane Charley to restore electricity to southern Florida, where 350,000 people were still without service Aug. 20. Photo by Kathleen Murray


    ARCADIA, Fla. (BP)--Eleven-month-old Max perched happily on his father’s arm, looking in wide-eyed wonder at the beehive of activity at First Baptist Church in Arcadia, Fla., Aug. 18, in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley.

          Days earlier, the towheaded toddler had displayed the same curiosity when his dad, 20-something Michael Loria, clutched the child in his arms in the center of their modest home to ride out the category four storm -- after walking around the outside of the house to pray for the family’s safety.

          Commenting on the condition of his home, Loria, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Arcadia, told Baptist Press that although all the greenery and foliage around his house looked like it had been “flushed down the toilet,” his home was not damaged at all. Read More

  • Olympic decathlete Bryan Clay counts on faithful supporters

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Counting on prayer


    No matter how he finishes in the decathlon, Bryan Clay is counting on the prayers of family and friends both as he competes in the Olympics and as he lives out his faith in Athens.


    ATHENS (BP)--Although the decathlon isn’t a team event, Bryan Clay knows he won’t be alone in Athens when competition in the event opens Aug. 23.

          “I’ve never felt like I was alone when I’m out there competing,” Clay said. “A lot of people get all this pressure built on them and they get so stressed out because they feel like it’s all on their shoulders. I’ve never felt like that. I’ve always been able to give that to God and allow Him to carry that burden for me.”

          One of the main reasons Clay feels such company as he’s competing is because of the prayer support he’s getting from family and friends. He values that kind of support for how instrumental it is to his success as both an athlete and a Christian. Read More

  • David Limbaugh among top speakers tapped for 2004 edition of the Baptist Press collegiate journalism conference in Nashville

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--David Limbaugh, author of "Persecution: How Liberals Are Waging War Against Christianity," will be the featured speaker at the Excellence in Journalism awards banquet during the fourth annual Baptist Press National Journalism Student Conference Oct. 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn.

          The brother of talk show host Rush Limbaugh, David Limbaugh is an expert in law and politics. Persecution, which spent five weeks atop The New York Times best-seller list last fall, documents more than 800 examples of discrimination against Christians in America.

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  • Registration opens for 2004 collegiate journalism conference

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Registration for the 2004 Baptist Press Student Journalism Conference is underway, according to Will Hall, vice president for news services with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and executive editor of Baptist Press.

    The conference, set for Oct. 7-9 in Nashville, Tenn., features special addresses by David Limbaugh, author of the NYT bestseller, Persecution; Bill Mattox of USA Today, James Patterson of The Indianapolis Star, Anacleto Rapping of The Los Angeles Times and Holly Thompson of WSMV-TV in Nashville. Read More

  • Father of 5 looks ahead, warily, amid Hurricane Charley's impact

    by Joni B. Hannigan, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

    ARCADIA, Fla. (BP)--Joe Talamantez stood in the front of a little white tattered home talking with Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch. The men were sharing their impressions of the mess left by Hurricane Charley, the most devastating hurricane to come ashore in southwest Florida since 1960. Read More

  • Lengthy post-Charley ministry ahead for Southern Baptists

    by Lee Weeks, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In the week following Hurricane Charley’s assault on southwest Florida, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have prepared nearly 200,000 meals, cleared trees and debris from roadways and houses, and provided showers and water purification for thousands of displaced residents. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Ominous diagnosis remains true

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, August 20, 2004 (13 years ago)

    McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)--In 1973, Karl Menninger penned a book titled, “Whatever Became of Sin?” Within its pages the eminent psychiatrist lamented the fact that American society seemed to be in the process of rejecting the concept of a divine standard of right and wrong. Read More