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Hurricane Frances roars through Florida, disaster relief units stand ready to respond
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
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
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.
Bush: ‘Freedom of many’ depends on staying the course
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ala. congregation reminded about stewardship principles
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (BP)--In the late 1970s, First Baptist Church of Bay Minette was reminded of a biblical principle about stewardship -- God will honor our faithful giving.
CP paces 4.39% ahead of last year despite slight drop in Aug.
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
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
Bible's inerrant status is unique, Roberts tells seminary audience
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--In his first chapel address of the fall semester, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Philip Roberts reaffirmed his and the seminary's belief that the Bible is God's perfect and holy Word.
Coppenger, Hemphill join SBTS as distinguished professors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has added two former seminary presidents -- Mark Coppenger and Kenneth Hemphill -- to its faculty as distinguished professors. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: More important than tax cuts & healthcare
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.