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  • Appreciating Disaster Relief

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (5 days ago)

    NAMB photo by Sara Brockmann.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Michael, numerous reports described the devastation in the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama in terms of warfare -- bombs going off and missiles launching into buildings. After traveling to the affected areas and writing an article of my own, these analogies certainly did fit.

    Another way I've tried to explain it is that visiting the sites was like being on the set of a disaster movie. The damage was so surreal to see that it seemed unreal -- as if some director in a chair somewhere could have yelled, "cut," and everything would go back to normal. Read More

  • This Sunday: Disaster Relief Appreciation Day

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (7 days ago)

    Photo by by Sara Brockmann/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- For more than 50 years, Southern Baptists have been providing disaster relief to the United States and its territories after the gravest of tragedies. Whether it is major natural disasters that affect millions or localized events that hit small communities, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers regularly arrive to bring help, healing and hope to those impacted.

    On Sunday, November 11, Southern Baptists will celebrate Disaster Relief Appreciation Day, an opportunity to recognize and thank SBDR leaders and volunteers.

    "I want to give a special 'thank you' to all of those who make Southern Baptist Disaster Relief possible," said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). "To all of our volunteers who give their time so generously and sacrificially, you are amazing people, and we cannot thank you enough." Read More

  • Baptists to highlight SBDR volunteers Nov. 1

    by Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, October 29, 2015 (3 years ago)

    OSO, Wash. (BP) -- When disasters strike, communities change in an instant. Pastor Gary Ray saw that firsthand a year and a half ago when a mudslide devastated the town of Oso, Wash., the small northwestern community he called home.

    "The scale of the disaster was pretty significant," Ray, who was pastor of Oso Community Chapel in nearby Arlington at the time, said. "It was one of the presidentially declared national disasters ... Read More