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  • Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The SBTC team deployed Oct. 15-23, responding to SBDR national director Sam Porter's request to establish a communications center at the Seminario Teologico Bautista in Guaynabo, southeast of San Juan. Read More

  • Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (BP) -- With wildfires in the western United States having consumed a cumulative area larger than the state of Maryland, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units are preparing for ministry.

    Nine western states -- California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming -- have experienced fires this year that have consumed more than 8 million total acres, 3 million above the annual national average for the past decade, according to The Washington Post. Read More

  • Amid Harvey devastation, BGCT seeks to 'bring healing'

    by Kalie Lowrie/Texas Baptists Communications, posted Tuesday, September 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- The devastation Houston-area pastor Ryan Rush has witnessed in recent days is heartbreaking.

    "We've seen hundreds of our neighbors lose everything they owned, and the idea of the work ahead is overwhelming. The thing that sustains us, however, is the incredible way this disaster has brought together the Body of Christ as we seek to share the love of Jesus with our community," said Rush, pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. Read More

  • Baptist crews on site; Trump calls nation to prayer

    by Jane Rodgers /Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (BP) -- A half-dozen Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) rumbled through the parking lot of Annaville Baptist Church in Corpus Christi.

    Both at noon Thursday (Aug. 31) and then again in sweltering temperatures at 4 p.m., the ERVs picked up more than 2,500 meals each time prepared by Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief feeding volunteers for distribution to victims of Hurricane Harvey in communities along the Gulf Coast. Read More

  • Harvey response begins amid widespread flooding

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    . Photo courtesy of TBM’s Facebook page.
    HOUSTON (BP) -- As of Monday morning, news outlets reported that Hurricane Harvey had already dropped 11 trillion gallons of rain over south Texas. More than 300,000 customers were without power. Officials have declared 62 counties disaster areas as the initial destruction caused by 132 mph wind gusts has been showered with unprecedented levels of rainfall.

    In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) expected some of the hardest-hit regions to be accessible only to search and rescue teams. Read More

  • Sam Porter named national director for disaster relief

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    The North American Mission Board has named Sam Porter as the new national director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Porter will replace Mickey Caison, who officially retires Aug. 31. Read More

  • 'Love where you live' shown to S.C. storm survivors

    by Josie Rabbitt, posted Friday, October 21, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FLORENCE, S.C. (BP) -- Dwight Herring didn't know the men and women standing next to him as they prepared to make the drive from Greenwood, S.C., across the state to Florence, S.C., on Oct. 14 to serve Hurricane Matthew survivors. As a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) unit leader, Herring was used to calling complete strangers -- trained volunteers in his region -- and trusting God with the outcome.

    "We were going to set up feeding units at Hoffmeyer Road Baptist Church with only three volunteers in my unit," Herring said. "I thought, 'Wow, three people to feed a mass of Hurricane Matthew survivors?' But I knew if I showed up, God would show up. So we went." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Flooded treasures

    by Doug Parkin, posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Soggy, ruined possessions of Louisiana flood survivors remind Doug Parkin, a pharmacist and disaster relief volunteer, of the need for guarding spiritual treasurers for times of unexpected crisis. "Build up your relationship with God and your dependence upon Christ, just as you would build up sandbags against rising waters," Parkin writes. Read More

  • SBDR work continues amid Canada's 'Beast' wildfire

    by Josie Rabbitt, posted Thursday, June 02, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada (BP) -- The reign of the "Beast," a Canada wildfire that caused the immediate evacuation of 80,000 people in Fort McMurray, may almost be over.

    Government officials are working alongside non-governmental organization (NGO) council leaders, including Canadian National Baptist and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief as well as The Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham organization leaders and volunteers to speed the safe return of Fort McMurray residents. For the wildfire refugees escaping to the nearby city of Edmonton, the news of future re-entry brings relief. Read More

  • Compassion rises with water levels to help Houston

    by Jim Burton, posted Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Stewart F. House/NAMB
    HOUSTON (BP) -- A flash flood on April 18 swamped Houston when as much as one foot of rain fell on the nation's fourth largest city, claiming seven lives and making it the wettest day there since 1888.

    Most of the victims died in their cars while trying to traverse flooded roads. An estimated 1,200 Houstonians required rescue assistance.

    The city finally caught a break on Friday, April 22, their first dry day since the initial downpour, though rain returned on Sunday along with tornado warnings. Citizens reported tornado sightings in southeast Harris and Galveston counties. Read More