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  • Clean water can flow through BGR on #GivingTuesday

    by BGR & BP Staff, posted Monday, November 26, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Clean water is the #GivingTuesday focus of Baptist Global Response for a second year.

    After its initial #GivingTuesday campaign for 500 water filters, BGR has raised its goal this year to 600 filters for families in Asia and Africa.

    Each filter, which resembles a clay pot, will provide a family of five with a year of clean water at a cost of $25 per filter. Read More

  • Venezuelans, fleeing tumult, to find aid on a mountain

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CÚCUTA, Colombia (BP) -- When Nelson Martínez' father died this summer, Martínez inherited a piece of property half a day up the mountain from his hometown of Cúcuta, Colombia. The property sits at 10,000 feet at the top of a cold, often rainy mountain pass. Every day several hundred ill-prepared Venezuelans walk over it on their way to try to find food, work and medicine in a new land.

    Some have died of hypothermia. All are desperate.

    Martínez, who has been serving as a pastor in Houston, Texas, feels like he inherited the property at just the right time to aid the masses fleeing Venezuela's economic collapse. Read More

  • BGR assessing Indonesia's needs after tsunami

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 01, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    PALU, Indonesia (BP) -- Baptist Global response is assessing needs on Indonesia's Sulawesi island after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake and tsunami Sept. 28 killed at least 1,200 people, with the death toll expected to rise. More than 1.5 million people have been affected, according to initial reports.

    Volunteers prepared a mass grave for 1,300 in the hills above hard-hit Palu, Indonesia, the BBC reported, and decomposition forced at least one local hospital to begin burying bodies before relatives could pick up remains of their loved ones. The main airport in Palu was damaged, landsides have blocked roads and power outages are widespread. Read More

  • Agriculture: A way BGR sows seeds of God's love

    by Casey Watson, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    SOUTH SUDAN (BP) -- The light was soft as Monica* weeded her garden on a community farm in South Sudan. A picture from that day shows her sitting quietly among other garden plots, her legs folded demurely under her thin body. A long scarf is tied around her head for protection from the blazing African sun.

    Susan Hatfield remembers the moment well. It was the day Monica learned that her nephew had been killed in a fight that took place while he had been watching over his family's cows. Read More

  • BGR ready when 2nd earthquake struck Indonesia

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    LOMBOK, Indonesia (BP) -- A team trained by Baptist Global Response (BGR) was already at work on Indonesia's Lombok island when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake with strong aftershocks hit Sunday (Aug. 5), killing nearly 100 people.

    The team from BGR's Singapore office had deployed to the resort island several days before after a 6.4-magnitude quake had rocked Lombok on July 29, killing 16.

    "The team had gone in to do that first assessment, and that assessment work ... Read More

  • Venezuela's economic crisis prompts BGR relief

    by Casey Watson, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    VENEZUELA (BP) -- Baptist Global Response (BGR) is organizing relief efforts to help starving families trapped in Venezuela's current economic crisis.

    The country's economic output is expected to shrink by 15 percent this year, which would be the third consecutive year it has decreased by double digits, Forbes.com reported. And inflation has reportedly grown from 112 percent in 2015 to 2,400 percent last year. In 2018, it's expected to hit five-digits. Read More

  • Beleaguered church buoyed by water from 'cursed' land

    by Casey Watson , posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    WEST AFRICA (BP) -- In the Bible, God demonstrates His power through water. Jesus turned water into wine and then walked on top of waves. He even compares Himself to water.

    God still uses water as a conduit for miracles. Last year, He blessed a small well in the desert of West Africa.

    Shadrach Black, West Africa project coordinator for the Baptist Global Response humanitarian aid organization, recounted the miracle a ... Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: WMU aids Nicaraguan safe house; BGR clean water campaign underway; Point of Grace's 2nd LifeWay album released

    by BP Staff, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- After Tropical Storm Nate pummeled a safe house for girls in Nicaragua, a HEART Fund grant (Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow) is helping the ministry in offering crisis care to its neighbors.

    The $2,500 gift from the WMU Foundation couldn't have come at a better time, said Landa Carnes, a missionary serving at Emmanuel Home of Protection, a ministry of Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International. Read More

  • Myanmar crisis draws BGR aid, recalls Judson legacy

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (one year 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