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  • SBDR leaders honor key volunteers

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (14 days ago)

    Photo by Brandon Elrod.
    KANSAS CITY (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders and volunteers gathered Jan. 23 to honor those who exhibited great selflessness and determination in the aftermath of disaster. Around 150 people attended, representing 42 state convention teams and North American Mission Board (NAMB) staff.

    The event was part of SBDR leaders from across North America gathering to assess the previous year, discuss ways to enhance their effectiveness and recognize exemplary service. The majority of the 2019 annual meeting took place at Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, Kan. Read More

  • Shutdown spurred ministry to 'broken nation'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 25, 2019 (28 days ago)

    Photo from Twitter
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- When portions of the federal government shut down, Southern Baptists ramped up their ministries to furloughed federal workers across the country.

    President Trump announced today (Jan. 25) he would sign a bill opening the government until Feb. 15 while lawmakers finalize legislation to increase border security. Still, some federal employees missed their second paycheck, and the partial shutdown stretched into a record-setting 35th day.

    Amid the shutdown, Southern Baptists also attempted to bring Christian principles to bear on the legislative impasse between Trump and Congress regarding federal spending. Read More

  • 2018 relief efforts still need volunteers

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, January 08, 2019 (one month ago)

    NAMB Photo
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The calendar has turned to a New Year, but hundreds of people in the Southeast continue picking up the pieces following the massive storms that hit the region in 2018.

    "It's January, and there are still areas that look like a tornado hit yesterday," said Delton Beall, the state disaster relief director for the Florida Baptist Convention.

    Churches and college students still have numerous opportunities to serve those in need. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams in Florida and North Carolina and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) continue offering help, hope and healing to those who endured Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Read More

  • NAMB's 2018 topped by Annie Offering, disaster relief

    by NAMB Staff, posted Thursday, December 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Sara Brockmann/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In 2018 Southern Baptists stepped up their support of North American missions while helping thousands of disaster survivors who endured devastating hurricanes, fires and floods as well as a church in Texas after a tragedy that shocked the world.

    Here is a look at some of the highlights from 2018 as the North American Mission Board (NAMB) had the privilege of partnering with Southern Baptist churches in these and numerous other ways. Read More

  • Earthquake sends Alaska Baptists into ministry mode

    by Erin Roach, posted Monday, December 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- Scott Belmore was outside his house, loading some old furniture into his truck with his son and a friend when Alaska experienced one of its most powerful earthquakes in half a century. The men clung to the truck as it bounced on the driveway amid the shaking.

    Inside the house, Dana Belmore was shaken to the floor in her bedroom and feared for the safety of their young daughter who had been reading on the bottom bunk in her room. The two of them, terrified, were able to reunite and flee the house after the shaking, still not believing what had just happened. Read More

  • Baptist DR efforts endure crisis after crisis

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Sara Brockman/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In recent months, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has diligently responded to both national and local crises across North America: two major hurricanes in the Southeast, wildfires in California, tornadoes across the United States and even a typhoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    "Over the last few months, Southern Baptist volunteers have been responding practically nonstop," said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board (NAMB). "We have seen teams serve as far West as the island of Saipan in the Pacific Ocean to the East coast of the southeastern United States."

    The northern California towns of Paradise and Magalia were nearly wiped out by the Camp Fire that began Nov. 8 and lasted until Nov. 25. The fire destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and took at least 85 lives. Read More

  • DR efforts continue in Carolinas, across U.S.

    by Laura Sikes, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Laura Sikes/NAMB
    LONGS, S.C. (BP) -- Pastor Lebron Crisp of Living Water Baptist Church challenged his congregation to look for opportunities to reach hurting people after Hurricane Florence struck the church's community just a few miles northwest of North Myrtle Beach. The storm's flood waters damaged hundreds of homes including several homes of church members.

    "It just breaks our hearts. I want to be out here [helping] every waking second," said Crisp, founding pastor and pastor of the church in Longs, S. C., for 29 years.

    Crisp, church members and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers reached out to deacon Russ Frye and his wife Gerry, who lost most everything in their home of 19 years in the Aberdeen community. Read More

  • California's Camp Fire: 'It never turned daylight'

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    PARADISE, Calif. (BP) -- Members of Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church have asked pastor Bob Sorensen if they will continue to have a church but not because their building is gone. They ask because the Camp Fire destroyed much of their community.

    "We've had disasters before, and we thought we would be able to just go back," Sorensen said. "But you can't go back."

    While the church still stands -- "an amazing thing," he said -- Sorensen's home was destroyed by the fire.

    "I still have people from the church who are missing that I can't find," he said. "I spend hours a day trying to find them." Read More

  • Appreciating Disaster Relief

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NAMB photo by Sara Brockmann.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Michael, numerous reports described the devastation in the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama in terms of warfare -- bombs going off and missiles launching into buildings. After traveling to the affected areas and writing an article of my own, these analogies certainly did fit.

    Another way I've tried to explain it is that visiting the sites was like being on the set of a disaster movie. The damage was so surreal to see that it seemed unreal -- as if some director in a chair somewhere could have yelled, "cut," and everything would go back to normal. Read More

  • This Sunday: Disaster Relief Appreciation Day

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by by Sara Brockmann/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- For more than 50 years, Southern Baptists have been providing disaster relief to the United States and its territories after the gravest of tragedies. Whether it is major natural disasters that affect millions or localized events that hit small communities, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers regularly arrive to bring help, healing and hope to those impacted.

    On Sunday, November 11, Southern Baptists will celebrate Disaster Relief Appreciation Day, an opportunity to recognize and thank SBDR leaders and volunteers.

    "I want to give a special 'thank you' to all of those who make Southern Baptist Disaster Relief possible," said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). "To all of our volunteers who give their time so generously and sacrificially, you are amazing people, and we cannot thank you enough." Read More