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  • Puerto Rican pastors 'not forgotten' by SBC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (6 days ago)

    Photo by Bobby Sena
    SAN JUAN, P.R. (BP) -- The "heart and spirit of Southern Baptists" are evident as churches and leaders help Puerto Rico recover after Hurricane Maria, pastor Jorge Alvarez said Nov. 11 in San Juan.

    Alvarez, executive director of the Convention of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, was among 150 local pastors and guests who attended an appreciation dinner held in their honor. The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee and the North American Mission Board sponsored the event. The Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance (HBPA) and LifeWay Christian Resources also supported the event, held at the Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel. Read More

  • 'Help & hope': DR's Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5

    by Greg Teffertiller, posted Thursday, November 02, 2017 (18 days ago)

    NAMB photo
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As far as disasters are concerned, 2017 will forever be known as "unprecedented."

    The nation has been impacted by hurricanes of historic proportions, regionally pervasive wildfires and localized storms that struck numerous communities. Nations in the Caribbean also have been pummeled. The losses of life and property are more than statistics -- they represent people who desperately need hope and healing. Read More

  • Send Relief 'pastor packs,' SBDR help Puerto Rico

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sam Porter
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- When people started showing up seeking food and water after Hurricane Maria, pastor Johnny Baez knew he couldn't just sit back and do nothing.

    "People around my church started asking me for water to drink and food to eat," said Baez, who serves at Iglesia Bautista Familia Santurce (Baptist Church of the Family Santurce) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "So, I asked pastor friends for a [water] filter, and they let me use one. I asked another pastor for a gas stove and another pastor for a gas tank. Now we are cooking Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday." Read More

  • Send, TX relief efforts boost DR work in Harvey's wake

    by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN Correspondent, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (one month ago)

    File photo by Carmen K. Sisson
    VIDOR, Texas (BP) -- Traditionally trained Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are receiving an influx of new workers in the form of newly minted volunteers signing on with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's Texas Relief program, and college students recruited from across the United States to participate in the North American Mission Board's Send Relief outreach.

    Over the weekend of Oct 7, the first college crews from Send Relief descended upon churches in the Golden Triangle where teams of college kids were assigned to work alongside seasoned SBTC disaster relief volunteers. Read More

  • More volunteer doors opening in Puerto Rico

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Bradley Williams, lead pastor of Grace Church PR
    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- This weekend, nearly 70 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers will begin arriving in Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts on the island.

    Sam Porter, the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) national director for disaster relief, will reach Puerto Rico on Sunday, Oct. 8 to further develop plans for serving those affected by Hurricane Maria.

    Teams from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will be joined by individuals and smaller groups from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Vermont. Conditions for the volunteers will be rough, and they will be prepared to serve whatever needs await them. Read More

  • State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell says

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- State Baptist conventions and donors from across the nation have been pivotal to Southern Baptists' Send Relief efforts for survivors of catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

    Kevin Ezell, speaking to the SBC Executive Committee on Sept. 18, voiced gratitude to state Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partners and to donors beyond the Southern Baptist family who have provided the majority of Send Relief donations to aid in recovery efforts in Florida and Texas. Read More

  • Churches, ministry groups serve refugees fleeing Irma

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

    Photo by Kristen Lowry
    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- Following more than 24 hours of travel from West Palm Beach, Fla., a group of Syrian refugees finally made it to the Send Relief hub at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) in Clarkston, Ga. The eight families had fled from the civil war in Syria. Now, they were on the run from Hurricane Irma.

    After scrambling to leave in the early-morning hours of Sept. 7, the families did not arrive until after 4:30 a.m. the next day. Read More

  • Send Relief: aiding churches in compassion ministry

    by David Melber, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (4 months ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- For many pastors and churches, Send Relief is still a developing thought. Just a year ago, Send Relief became a key part of the North American Mission Board's strategy to equip our churches to engage their communities through compassionately serving those around them for the sake of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Sunday, July 23, is Send Relief Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More

  • Smoke alarm outreach heats up church's ministry

    by Jim Burton, posted Thursday, June 29, 2017 (4 months ago)

    NAMB photo
    WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (BP) -- When Dan Helms volunteered to help install a smoke alarm in a West Chester home, he thought it was weird. Never had the teenager helped someone without expecting something in return. Now that he has made a profession of faith in Christ and has been discipled by Lakota Hills Baptist Church, he considers serving others in the name of Jesus "the good life."

    "I really believe people who know Jesus, when they're given an opportunity to serve their community in an organized fashion, I think they just jump at it," said Travis Smalley, pastor Lakota Hills in West Chester Township, Ohio. "It's built within the DNA of our church; it's in everything that we do." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NAMB approves Send Relief ministry hubs

    by Mike Ebert, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt/NAMB
    ONTARIO, Calif.(BP) -- Trustees of the North American Mission Board meeting in Southern California heard reports from local church planters and approved the establishment of three Send Relief "ministry hubs" that will provide mercy ministry and give Southern Baptists more opportunities for hands-on missions service.

    Meeting Feb. 7 for their full board meeting, trustees approved a plan for NAMB to purchase existing property that will be transitioned into the ministry hubs.... Read More