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  • Hurricane Michael: Baptists putting pieces together

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (one month ago)

    NAMB photo by Sara Brockmann.
    PANAMA CITY, Fla.(BP) -- Freight trains overturned on the railroad tracks in Panama City, Fla. Power lines downed for miles around the Southeast. Hundreds of thousands of trees decapitated by the buzz saw named Hurricane Michael.

    Despite the carnage, many churches in Panama City and beyond held Sunday (Oct. 14) morning services just four days after Michael made landfall. Mike Claunch, pastor of St. Andrew Baptist Church, reminded his congregation, "Michael came as a surprise to us, but it wasn't a surprise to God." Read More

  • 'After Maria': Puerto Rico remains changed by storm

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- "Before Maria and after Maria" is the word on the streets of Puerto Rico. "That's how life changed," native Puerto Rican and Southern Baptist minister Jonathan Santiago told Baptist Press a year after the hurricane.

    In Santiago's observation, churches including Southern Baptist congregations lost about 35 percent of their attendance. Congregational financial giving is down because many members still on the island lost their jobs. Several schools remain closed. Homes still need repairs from storm damage. Many people are hopeless, resorting to suicide in greater numbers and affecting an official death toll already near 3,000. Read More

  • Trump 'just settled in' at N.C. SBDR site

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- President Trump spent approximately an hour today (Sept. 19) at a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief site in New Bern, N.C., helping volunteers distribute meals and greeting victims of Hurricane Florence.

    "I was literally thinking" the president's visit would last 15-20 minutes, said Jim Pennington, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, the congregation hosting the SBDR site. But Trump "just settled in. He started meeting people and asking questions, looking people in the eye and saying, 'Tell me about your house.'" Read More

  • Baptists feed Florence survivors, prepare for recovery

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Dukes
    NEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- The sun began peeking through the clouds over New Bern, N.C., Tuesday morning (Sept. 18) after Hurricane Florence devastated the community. Despite the brief reprieve from rain, there are concerns flooding may worsen as water flows back to the Atlantic from farther inland.

    Memories are still fresh from the last big storm to hit the state. After Hurricane Matthew blew through North Carolina in 2016, the storm surge and rain afflicted coastal towns, and the resulting runoff created a resurgence of flooding over the next few days in cities like New Bern.

    "We're at the bottom of the mountain, right here at the bottom of the hill," said Jim Pennington, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. "All that rain water now will get here Thursday and we will be cut off again ... [Hurricane] Matthew did that" in 2016. Read More

  • DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WILMINGTON, N.C. (BP) -- Rising floodwaters have cut off the supply chains of some Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts following Hurricane Florence, and others are increasingly threatened. But that's not slowing down ministry to North Carolina communities hit by the storm.

    As Baptist state conventions partner with the North American Mission Board to mount a disaster relief effort, the response is “a true testimony to the effectiveness of the partnerships throughout all state conventions," said David Melber, president of Send Relief, NAMB's crisis response arm. Read More

  • As Florence lashes N.C., Baptists 'shine bright'

    by David Roach & Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Screen capture from NBC
    NEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- As Hurricane Florence came ashore Friday (Sept. 14) in North Carolina, Southern Baptists began relief ministries and made initial assessments of flooded church buildings and homes.

    The Category 1 hurricane has left at least four people dead. Florence could dump 40 inches of rain on some areas of North and South Carolina, according to media reports. As of Friday morning, 620,000 people in the Carolinas were without power and 26,000 were in more than 200 emergency shelters.

    At least four Southern Baptist churches had their facilities flooded, with rain and storm surges expected to increase flooding over the weekend. Attempting boat rescues, manning unofficial shelters and preparing for a formal Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) campaign were among Baptists' initial responses. Read More

  • 4 trucks with DR equipment head to Carolinas & Va.

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder
    CANNONSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Chainsaws, generators and other equipment and supplies were loaded onto four semi-trailer trucks Sept. 11-12 ahead of Hurricane Florence at Southern Baptists' Appalachian Ministry Center in northeastern Kentucky.

    Florence began its onslaught on North and South Carolina today (Sept. 13). According to CNN, "By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 mph. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery." Though the hurricane had weakened to Category 2 with sustained winds topping 100 mph, a devastating storm surge is projected, followed by massive amounts of rainfall for several days on the coast and inland.

    Rob Allen, director of the center, said the ministry of the North American Mission Board's Send Relief arm -- was coming alongside state Baptist conventions in North and South Carolina and Virginia to help with hurricane relief. Read More

  • Hurricane Harvey work not over at one-year mark

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Josh McKague
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Since Hurricane Harvey's Category 4 winds began battering the Texas coast a year ago, Southern Baptists have served more than 75,000 volunteer days to help the region recover.

    And they aren't done yet.

    Southern Baptists will continue to engage impacted areas for at least the next two years and likely beyond, said David Melber, president of Send Relief at the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

    "There are so many ongoing needs," Melber said. "Just because it was a year ago doesn't mean life is back to normal. There are still so many people without homes. We'll be there to help for as long as it takes." Read More

  • 5,000 backpacks: New Orleans ministry impacting lives

    by Helen Gibson, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Marilyn Stewart
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Earlier this summer, Kay Bennett received a phone call that left her with some exciting news.

    Bennett is the executive director of Baptist Friendship House, a Send Relief ministry center in the heart of New Orleans. Each year, her organization hosts a back-to-school bash, in which they celebrate the beginning of a new school year and give backpacks filled with school supplies to about 600 children living in poverty.

    But plans for this year's back-to-school event suddenly multiplied when Bennett got a call from Send Relief, a ministry of the North American Mission Board, offering to donate 5,000 backpacks to the cause. Read More

  • NAMB, Send Relief's exhibit: Sending hope

    by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt
    DALLAS (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's exhibit featured its Send Relief compassion ministry as well as Send Network church planting emphasis at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    "The overall theme is sending hope," NAMB director of events Lee Cunningham said. "We highlighted the five Send Relief focus areas and encouraged people to two calls to action: writing notes for church planters and recording a Gospel Conversation (GC) Challenge video. The exhibit design was made to bring these two things together across NAMB and Send Relief." Read More