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  • FEMA sets Feb. 4 cutoff for Harvey aid applications

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (15 days ago)

    National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West.
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Texas churches wishing to apply for federal disaster aid funds following Hurricane Harvey have until Feb. 4 to do so, according to a notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Though such funds long had not been available to churches and other houses of worship, FEMA announced a policy change Jan. 2 amid the pressure of a lawsuit by three small Texas churches and urging from both President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Read More

  • FEMA: Churches now eligible for recovery funds

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018 (20 days ago)

    BP file photo.
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Churches whose facilities have been damaged by natural disasters now are eligible to receive relief funds from the federal government, according to a Jan. 2 announcement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    "Private nonprofit houses of worship will not be singled out for disfavored treatment within the community centers subcategory of [public assistance] nonprofit applicants," FEMA Recovery Directorate Assistant Administrator Alex Amparo wrote in a guide outlining the change in policy. The guide defines, among other matters, ... Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Point of Grace & LifeWay partner for new albums; conf. center leader Taylor caps 38 yrs. of service; Boyce College team treks to Houston flood zone

    by LifeWay, Alabama Baptist, SBTS & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (one month ago)

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    Point of Grace partners with LifeWay for new albums; Alabama conference center leader Buster Taylor caps 38 years of service; team from Boyce College treks to Houston for hurricane recovery work.

    Point of Grace partners with LifeWay for new albums

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Grammy-nominated singing trio Point of Grace has partnered with LifeWay Worship to release a new album and will soon begin work on a second.

    "Sing Noël," Point of Grace's first album with LifeWay, features 10 new arrangements of beloved carols and Christmas favorites, including "Angels from the Realms of ... Read More

  • Navajo DR volunteers reach out to Harvey victims

    by Bonnie Pritchett, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (BP) -- For generations the Navajo have often been on the receiving end of volunteer mission teams. Buddy Evans chaperoned one such trip in 1985. For two weeks his team led Vacation Bible School in the mornings, revival meetings in the evenings and, in between, explored the desert high country of New Mexico -- a stark contrast to their home in Port Arthur, Texas.

    Evans found the Navajo culture intriguing and the people's openness to the Gospel encouraging. Nearly a generation later Evans would again be encouraged when the Navajo Nation's first disaster relief team arrived at his flood-ravaged home and offered aid in the name of Christ. Read More

  • THANKSGIVING: Hurricanes shift holiday preaching

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo submitted by Liberty Baptist Church.
    NAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- In hurricane-devastated areas of Texas and Florida, Thanksgiving preaching might have been a unique challenge this year at congregations where homes, businesses and church buildings were lost to severe weather.

    Yet pastors in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey hit in late August, and Florida, where Hurricane Irma hit in September, say their congregations have overflowed with thanks this fall, and Thanksgiving preaching has turned out to be a unique joy. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Working together in the name of Jesus

    by David Hutchison, posted Thursday, November 02, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Whether in disaster relief or global missions, David Hutchison notes that the Southern Baptist Convention "has long understood the power of cooperation. What would be impossible for one church becomes possible when churches work together." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A trek amid Harvey's havoc

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Marc Ira Hooks recounts his trek along streets lined with water-logged, reeking heaps of belongings in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's onslaught across Houston and south Texas. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A trek amid Harvey's havoc

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Marc Ira Hooks recounts his trek along streets lined with water-logged, reeking heaps of belongings in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's onslaught across Houston and south Texas. Read More

  • UPDATE: SBDR reports on Puerto Rico response

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Screen capture from washingtonpost.com
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- After Hurricane Maria knocked power out for nearly the entire population of Puerto Rico, the island's infrastructure is devastated and initial reports estimate that it will take months before services can be completely restored.

    On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 21), FEMA officials sought to organize a response in Puerto Rico with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) as well as American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Read More

  • As Harvey loomed, church prepared for town's needs

    by Kirsten McKimmey/Baptist General Convention of Texas, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (4 months ago)

    HUFFMAN, Texas (BP) -- Soon after Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, pastor Mike Martin of First Baptist Church in Huffman made several visits around town, located 30 miles northeast of Houston, before the heavy rains hit the area.

    He stopped at the local volunteer fire department and told them the church was available if they needed help. Within an hour, they contacted him and asked if the church could be used as a shelter. Read More