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  • Best ways to give in times of crisis  

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (5 months 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

  • Sam Porter named national director for disaster relief

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (7 months 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

  • Weekend storms draw Southern Bapt. disaster relief

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    Southern Baptists are assessing damage and readying help in five states where weekend tornadoes and floods killed at least 15 people and injured dozens, North American Mission Board (NAMB) executive Mickey Caison told Baptist Press. Read More

  • 'Devastating' wildfires spur DR teams to action

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LAVERNE, Okla. (BP) -- Wildfires from Colorado to Florida have burned more than 1 million acres since March 6, killed at least seven people and led to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief activity in four states.

    In the Texas panhandle, five deaths have been reported and 325,000 acres burned, CNN reported, while Oklahoma and Kansas each have seen one death and 400,000 acres scorched. Colorado saw 30,000 acres burned, with an additional 6,000 acres ablaze in southern Florida. Read More

  • Deadly storms damage churches, Baptist college

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    OTTAWA, Ill. (BP) -- Storms in the South and Midwest this week left at least four people dead, damaged church buildings and led to deployment of Baptist disaster relief workers in four states.

    The storm system killed three people in Illinois and one in Missouri, with at least 10-15 injured in Arkansas, according to media reports. At least seven states were affected Feb. 28-March 1. Read More

  • DR leaders mark 50 years of ministry, eye future

    by Tobin Perry, posted Wednesday, February 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    DENTON, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders throughout North America met for their annual "Round Table" meeting and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of SBDR.

    Representatives from nearly all the state Baptist conventions participated in the Jan. 23-27 event at Camp Copass in Denton, Texas. Portions of the week focused on celebrating five decades of ministry efforts, looking at the present state of the ministry and preparing for the future. Read More

  • Tornadoes: 2 Ga. Baptists killed; cleanup begins

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- As the Southeast recovers from a deadly storm system that swept the region Jan. 21-23, Georgia Baptists are mourning the deaths of an elderly couple who were members of First Baptist Church in Nashville, Ga.

    Meanwhile, the president of William Carey University -- a Mississippi Baptist Convention-affiliated school in Hattiesburg, Miss. -- said the campus "looks a lot better" following initial cleanup efforts. Read More

  • Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, January 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ADEL, Ga. (BP) -- Southern Baptists throughout the Southeast have started responding to a deadly storm system that reportedly claimed the lives of at least 19 people from Georgia to Mississippi over a two-day period this past weekend.

    Severe weather, which lasted through Sunday night (Jan 22) in the region, extended into South Carolina and north Florida. According to the Associated Press, 39 possible tornadoes were reported in the Southeast.

    Georgia Baptist Mission Board disaster relief leader Stuart Lang says chaplains ... Read More

  • Gatlinburg fire suspects elicit churches' sympathy

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- The arrests of two teenagers in connection with deadly wildfires in and around Gatlinburg, Tenn., have provoked expressions of sadness from three local Southern Baptist congregations that lost buildings in the blaze.

    The three Gatlinburg churches -- Roaring Fork Baptist Church, First Baptist Church and Banner Baptist Church -- also report God's continued work in their midst, including at least four first-time professions of faith in Christ over the past two weeks. Read More

  • Gatlinburg fire: DR volunteers urged to be patient

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 05, 2016 (one year ago)

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    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- The Tennessee Baptist Convention, the Woman's Missionary Union and Southern Baptists serving in local government are among those providing aid in the wake of wildfires that killed at least 14 people in and around Gatlinburg on Nov. 28.

    But TBC disaster relief officials are urging those wishing to volunteer to be patient. Read More