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  • Irma Facebook page reaches 600,000 with Gospel truth

    by David Roach & Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    VERO BEACH, Fla. (BP) -- As Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida, Vero Beach associate pastor Kyle Bailey "had a sense of peace," he said, and "felt like God had something special in store."

    But little did he know God would soon use him and pastor Roger Ball, both of Vero Beach's Freedom Church, to share prayer, encouragement, weather updates and the Gospel with more than 600,000 people through a "Hurricane Irma Safety Check-In" group they created on Facebook. Read More

  • Irma takes toll on Florida; SBDR ready to move

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Hurricane Irma has caused extensive damage today as it moved up through Florida. North American Mission Board has issued Send Relief Bulletins both today (Sept. 10) and yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 9).

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is forging plans for units to move into the disaster zones as soon as conditions permit. Read More

  • Irma puts Bapt. DR on alert amid Harvey aid

    by Brandon Elrod and Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The second major hurricane threatening the U.S. within two weeks has Southern Baptists and their partners actively preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma, even as Harvey recovery efforts hunker down for the long haul.

    With flood waters still standing in some parts of Texas, and Category 5 Irma churning, President Trump has declared states of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More

  • Fla. Baptist Witness to merge with state convention

    by Barbara Denman & David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (3 months ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- The Florida Baptist Witness' board of directors has voted to cease functioning as a cooperating ministry of the state's convention and become a ministry within the Florida Baptist Convention organization.

    The action -- approved by the board during a special called meeting Tuesday (Aug. 1) conducted via conference call -- calls for the Witness' board to dissolve its corporation at the end of the year and turn over operation of the Witness publication and online presence to the state convention.

    Messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention in November will be given an opportunity to "affirm" the board's decision, Florida Baptist Convention executive director Tommy Green said in an online video released today (Aug. 2). Read More

  • Bumgarner to depart Fla. paper, change coming

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 31, 2017 (3 months ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Florida Baptist Witness executive editor Kevin Bumgarner has announced his resignation to become director of communications at Tampa-area Bell Shoals Baptist Church.

    Along with the leadership transition, the chairman of the Witness board of directors told Baptist Press, the paper will consider changes in its structure and function at an Aug. 1 meeting.

    Bumgarner, who served three and a half years as chief executive of the Witness, ... Read More

  • $3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

    by Barbara Denman, Art Toalston & Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Flanked by more than two dozen Florida pastors, Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention presented a gift of $3,136,500 to the Southern Baptist Convention during the Executive Committee report June 13 in Phoenix.

    The CP gift, from the sale of the Florida convention's former building, was among numerous facets of the Executive Committee's report to messengers during the convention's 160th session since the SBC's founding in 1845. Read More

  • 1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday'

    by Barbara Denman, posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Jerry Favorite/Florida Baptist Convention.
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Florida's beaches, rivers, lakes and even pools came alive May 7 with the gospel testimonies of 1,285 new Christian believers as 112 Florida Baptist churches partnered for "Acts 2:41 Sunday -- Baptizing Coast-to-Coast."

    From the sandy white Gulf beaches of Perdido Key in Pensacola to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean that stretch from Jacksonville to Miami; from the Suwannee River to lakes and state parks in every region, thousands of Florida Baptists and onlookers gathered to celebrate and witness the hundreds of Christians who publicly professed their faith through baptism. Read More

  • Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist relief

    by Margaret Colson, posted Monday, October 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by Florida Baptist Convention.
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP) -- Florida Baptists are already onsite providing aid in Haiti, where nearly 1,000 people have died from Hurricane Matthew and scores more are sickened by cholera in the storm's aftermath.

    Craig Culbreth, the Florida Baptist Convention's lead catalyst for missions and ministries, said the state's Disaster Relief volunteers are already on the ground assessing need and strategizing response.

    "We are hoping we can have a response and help those people in the south end" ... Read More

  • DR volunteers serving Matthew survivors in 5 states

    by Joe Conway, posted Monday, October 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by Florida Baptist Convention.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- While Matthew was still churning up the U.S. eastern seaboard as a Category 4 hurricane, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were already preparing hot meals for storm evacuees in Florida. Meal preparation will soon number in the thousands as multiple teams and kitchens from other states begin operations Oct. 10.

    Meanwhile, SBDR assessors are working in coastal communities from Florida to Virginia coordinating first responses for cleanup, mud out and recovery. North American Mission Board (NAMB) SBDR executive director Mickey Caison said ... Read More