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  • Myanmar crisis draws BGR aid, recalls Judson legacy

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    YANGON, Myanmar (BP) -- Residents of Myanmar -- early beneficiaries of the Baptist missions movement two centuries ago -- once again are the focus of work by Baptists. This time, Baptists are providing aid in response to a humanitarian crisis among the Rohingya, a large Muslim people group in southwest Myanmar.

    Baptist historian Jason Duesing said the Rohingya crisis illustrates that the legacy of Adoniram Judson, the first missionary funded by the Triennial Convention in 1814, largely has been eradicated in contemporary Myanmar. Read More

  • Another Mexico quake compounds disaster response needs

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    MEXICO CITY (BP) --- In the aftermath of an earthquake in central Mexico that killed at least 217 people, Southern Baptists are moving to assess opportunities for response.

    The 7.1-magnitude quake struck Tuesday (Sept. 19), exactly 32 years after an even-larger tremor devastated large areas of Mexico City and killed about 10,000 people. This new earthquake was centered about 76 miles southeast of the city and affected five states. Read More

  • BGR releases spring catalog

    by BGR Staff, posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists will find Vacation Bible School ideas and more in the 2017 Baptist Global Response Spring Gift Catalog.

    BGR is a Southern Baptist humanitarian relief agency that focuses on disaster relief and community development in some of the world's poorest areas. Its spring and Christmas gift catalogs offer donors new avenues for connecting with people in need. Supporters can purchase items like cows, water filters and wells and donate them in honor of friends and family. Many people buy catalog items for special occasions such as holiday and birthday presents. Read More

  • Haiti, Cuba lashed by Hurricane Matthew

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 (one year ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP) -- Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4, destroying homes, fields and businesses and driving thousands from their homes in a part of the Caribbean where many people already struggle day by day just to survive.

    Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist humanitarian organization, is monitoring the situation in both countries to determine what response might be most appropriate and effective. Read More

  • South Sudan's crisis stirs call to prayer

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 21, 2016 (one year ago)

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    JUBA, South Sudan (BP) -- With South Sudan on the brink of renewed civil war, a Southern Baptist-led relief organization and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary remain unrelenting in their ministries there, amid what one aid worker called "a bigger humanitarian crisis than Syria."

    "There is no hope [for South Sudan] other than Jesus," said Ann Rao, founder and president of Living Water Community Transformation, an organization that engages in women's ministry, church planting, education of children and agribusiness training in the South Sudanese community of Akot. "I don't even know what else to say. The whole situation is very overwhelming." Read More

  • Ecuador post-quake response being assessed

    by Lily Jameson, posted Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (one year ago)

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    QUITO, Ecuador (BP) -- As the death toll climbs in Ecuador after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake April 16, Baptist Global Response is assessing damage and determining the most strategic response.

    According to CNN on April 20, the death toll was approaching 500, with 4,000-plus injured.

    David and Jo Brown, area directors in the Americas for the BGR humanitarian organization, landed in Quito, Ecuador, earlier this week and began working with local Ecuadorean Baptist partners ... Read More

  • In Nepal, fuel crisis hinders quake recovery

    by Caroline Anderson , posted Tuesday, November 10, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    KATHMANDU, Nepal (BP) -- A new, man-made disaster is complicating efforts to help Nepalis recover from the devastating earthquake that struck the country in April.

    Ongoing protests over Nepal's new constitution have shut down the main road between India and Nepal since Sept. 24. The road is the main supply line for fuel and food into Nepal. Nepal claims that India instituted a blockade along the border. News reports say dozens of fuel trucks are stranded at the border. Read More

  • Syrian refugees receiving care from Baptists

    by Lily Jameson, posted Monday, November 02, 2015 (2 years ago)

    SYRIA (BP) - Rima* was finally shopping again. Her family needed food and supplies, and the young girl was "running and grabbing, just like a little kid" in the supermarket, remembered Abraham Shepherd.

    Shepherd, area director for Baptist Global Response, told the Syrian refugee's story in a meeting room, thousands of miles from the store where he bought Rima's family food. Read More