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  • UPDATE: SBDR reports on Puerto Rico response

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    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 days 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

  • CP overage reallocation to aid hurricane survivors

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it will do so again in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and, now, Maria.

    The SBC Executive Committee, in its Sept. 18-19 meeting in Nashville, voted to utilize overages in the 2016-2017 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for disaster relief in two ways:

    -- Designating the first $1.25 million of any overage in the SBC's $189 million allocation budget for disaster relief in Florida and Texas by the Send Relief ministry of the North American Mission Board. Read More

  • Best ways to give in times of crisis  

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (8 days ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Mickey Caison has seen it many times in his disaster relief career. Well-meaning folks collect a truckload of food and clothing, drive perhaps hundreds of miles to a disaster zone, but can find no place to deliver the goods.

    Deciding "let's put a trailer on the lot and fill it up with goods to take to Texas, is the most ineffective way of providing support," Caison told Baptist Press from Houston, where he is coordinating the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) response to Hurricane Harvey's destruction there. Read More

  • Baptist DR not letting up after ruinous Irma, Harvey

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    FORT MEYERS, Fla. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief continues to deploy volunteers to help respond to immediate needs in Florida and the Caribbean left by Hurricane Irma while still maintaining focus on enormous needs from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, south Texas and Louisiana.

    In Florida, seven Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) feeding units from several states in the Southeast have arrived as well as some from the Northeast. Many are set to begin feeding today (Friday, Sept. 15). On Thursday, a crew from the Baptist General Association of Virginia prepared 1,200 meals in Palm Coast. Read More

  • Harvey-battered churches sue for FEMA funds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (12 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three small churches damaged in Hurricane Harvey's unprecedented Texas deluge are jointly suing a U.S. government agency for access to public recovery funds.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) religiously discriminates against churches by preventing them from seeking disaster recovery funding available to other nonprofits, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty alleges in the suit filed Sept. 5 in Houston federal court. Read More

  • Irma response to begin; Harvey relief work continues

    by Josie Bingham, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (14 days ago)

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    FLORIDA (BP) -- Mark MacDonald walked around his Jacksonville home Monday morning (Sept. 11) assessing the damage done by Hurricane Irma.

    "Our roof is leaking and a few trees are down," MacDonald said. "I was curious as to how our neighbors were doing …. Their garden was completely torn to shreds. It's not ideal, but it really could have been worse for us. We're all thankful to God for that."

    Monday, Sept. 11, MacDonald will be working on his own home and aiding his ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Letter to pastors in the hurricane zones

    by Joe McKeever , posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (15 days ago)

    Reflecting on his experiences with Hurricane Katrina, Joe McKeever offers encouragement and counsel to pastors of churches impacted by Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Read More

  • Irma takes toll on Florida; SBDR ready to move

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (17 days 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