Baptist Press Archive

Friday, September 03, 2004

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  • Hurricane Frances roars through Florida, disaster relief units stand ready to respond

    by Ken Walker, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--As Texas-sized Hurricane Frances battered the east coast of Florida Sunday morning, Sept. 5, the North American Mission Board prepared to dispatch a massive disaster relief force to

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    Dangerous duty


    Lifeguards had to order swimmers to leave the treacherous waters off Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Sept. 5. Hurricane Frances came ashore 270 miles south on Sept. 4, but the storm caused power outages across the city and threatened to spawn tornados.

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    the Sunshine State.

          Approximately 110 units are currently activated, staged or on standby from 25 state Baptist conventions and NAMB, according to Mickey Caison, manager of NAMB's Disaster Operation Center.

          Totaling approximately 1,750 volunteers, the units include operations in feeding, recovery, showers, command and communications, laundry and childcare.

          The workers are eager to move, Caison said.

          "We're in a challenged situation right now," Caison said Sunday morning. "The storm has stalled and is not moving real fast. People are anxious to move and need to be patient." Read More

  • Hurricane damage widespread, some churches still meet

    by Joni B. Hannigan, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--While Hurricane Frances slowly crossed the Florida peninsula Sunday, dumping water, uprooting trees and tearing up rooftops, Florida Baptists made preliminary assessments about how this second storm in less than a month will likely affect millions of Florida residents.

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  • Bush: ‘Freedom of many’ depends on staying the course

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush accepted his party’s re-nomination Sept. 2 and asked Americans to stand with him because the “freedom of many and the future security of our nation” depend on the country maintaining its course. Read More

  • Southern Baptists asked to triple disaster relief efforts for Fla.

    by Lee Weeks, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units have been pulled out of Florida but are making plans to prepare 1 million meals per week in the wake of Hurricane Frances, currently closing in on the southeastern coast of Florida. Read More

  • Courts in La., Mich., give marriage amendments green light

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Courts in Michigan and Louisiana have given pro-family groups back-to-back victories, ruling that citizens in those two states must be given the chance to vote on constitutional marriage amendments. Read More

  • 2 unnamed men in N.H. carry pivotal role in church’s vibrancy

    by Allen Palmeri, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Questions & answers


    In his travels through New England, Bobby Welch (left) fielded questions from Boston Globe reporter Michael Paulson and visited an array of churches, such as Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in Londonderry, N.H., where 2 men see numerous answers to prayer in the church and community. Photo by Skip Crowell


    LONDONDERRY, N.H. (BP)—-They are two of the hardest-working men in Christian Fellowship Baptist Church.

    “Both of them consistently pray for me as their pastor, for all the leaders of the church,” Mark Ballard, pastor of the Londonderry, N.H., congregation, said.

    They pray “for themselves, for the members of our church who come that they’ll love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, that God will continually revive His people,” Ballard said. Read More

  • Welch, at donut shop, lauds grassroots witness in Maine

    by Allen Palmeri, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    BRUNSWICK, Maine (BP)--The first sitting president of the Southern Baptist Convention to ever visit Maine walked into Frosty’s Donut Shop in Brunswick to drink coffee and eat doughnuts with Bob and June Frost, members of Maine Street Baptist Church whose business has a bounty of Gospel tracts. Read More

  • N.H. church receives building as gift; works toward 100 baptisms

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    LONDONDERRY, N.H. (BP)--When their pastor left, the nine remaining members of an independent Bible church prayed about what they should do. At the same time, the members of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church were praying for the Lord to provide them with a new building. Read More

  • Maine church makes gentle inroads to its community

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    BRUNSWICK, Maine (BP)--Military personnel once comprised the majority of members at Maine Street Baptist Church in Brunswick, Maine. Now, most of the 300 who attend Sunday services are “Mainers,” says pastor's wife Marie Morell. Read More

  • Step by step, Vt. Church reaches out to community

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    MACEDONIA, Vt. (BP)--Macedonia Baptist Church, stretching beyond the "Come-and-help-us" Macedonian call of Acts 16, has begun to provide a free Thursday night dinner to 100 people, plan a block party for next summer and make preparations for a concrete slab for a new recreation center. Read More

  • WHERE IS THE BUS TOUR TODAY? New Jersey & New York

    by Staff, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"The Everyone Can Kingdom Challenge for Evangelism" national bus tour by Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch focused on two more northeastern states Friday, Sept. 3, with stops slated in New Jersey and New York. Read More

  • MARRIAGE DIGEST: Amendment in N.D. heads to Nov. ballot

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    BISMARCK, N.D. (BP)--The North Dakota secretary of state said Sept. 1 that a constitutional marriage amendment had qualified for the November ballot with significantly more signatures than required. Read More

  • CP paces 4.39% ahead of last year despite slight drop in Aug.

    by Staff, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are up 4.39 percent compared to the same time frame in 2003, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A tribute to Stephen Olford

    by Roger D. Willmore, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    BOAZ, Ala. (BP)--His was no ordinary life. In fact, the extraordinary happenings that seemed to characterize his life and ministry began when he was still in his mother's womb. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: More important than tax cuts & healthcare

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, September 03, 2004 (13 years ago)

    McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)--I appreciate the tax relief I have realized under President Bush. I appreciate that Senator Kerry wants to give me everything I cannot afford; my healthcare plan does lack in many ways.

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