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    TX Gov. urges FEMA assistance for churches

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (4 minutes ago)

    Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks
    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- In a letter sent to President Trump, Sept. 20, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton called for churches and other religious organizations to receive equal treatment with other nonprofits and to be included in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

    "Churches have opened their doors to feed, shelter, comfort and rebuild their communities -- even hosting FEMA operations in the process -- but this policy has made those very same churches ineligible for assistance because their primary use is, by nature, religious," Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton wrote in the letter. Read More

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    95-year-old DR volunteer is a 'woman on mission'

    by Jane Rodgers, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (3 hours ago)

    Photo by Steve Washburn
    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (BP) -- When 95-year-old Mary Katie Riddle of Wimberley, Texas, spied stacks of soiled Cambro containers, she did not hesitate.

    The containers needed washing before they could be refilled with food prepared by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief mass feeding team at First Baptist Church in Pflugerville.

    Riddle, who turns 96 on Friday (Sept. 22), plunged in with both hands. Read More

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    La. churches show 'big thanks' with Harvey response

    by Baptist Message Staff, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (4 hours ago)

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    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BP) -- After hearing his pastor share about the need for ministry for Hurricane Harvey victims in early September, Mickey Watson felt led to form a team with other members of Amite Baptist Church.

    For several weeks, teams from the Louisiana church in Denham Springs traveled to Texas, cooking meals, gutting homes and delivering supplies, like many other Southern Baptist churches and teams from around the country. Volunteers from Amite spent two days working on homes in Beaumont, Texas. Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Prayer, DR giving top EC actions at 100 yrs.

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (23 hours ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Intercessory prayer and special disaster recovery funding topped the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee agenda during its Nashville meeting Sept. 18–19, which marked the EC's centennial.

    The Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling Southern Baptists and other Christians to prevailing prayer in the midst of "racial unrest, cataclysmic storms, raging wildfires, political strife, daily shootings in cities across the land, and rampant disregard for the commands and teachings of God's Word." Read More

  • Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (23 hours ago)

    Image from the National Hurricane Center
    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- As Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico with potentially record-breaking winds on Wednesday (Sept. 20), Southern Baptist disaster relief workers pulled back and prepared for a long-haul response in the Caribbean.

    "It's going to be a long, multi-month response with a lot of needs for volunteers and supplies," said David Melber, vice president of the North American Mission Board's Send Relief.

    Disaster relief teams had just received FEMA approval to take much-needed aid to the Virgin Islands -- an area hit hard two weeks ago by the Category 5 Hurricane Irma -- but had to press pause on relief efforts when Maria rolled in. Read More

  • CP overage reallocation to aid hurricane survivors

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (yesterday)

    Screen capture from NAMB
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; it will do so again in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and, now, Maria.

    The SBC Executive Committee, in its Sept. 18-19 meeting in Nashville, voted to utilize overages in the 2016-2017 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for disaster relief in two ways:

    -- Designating the first $1.25 million of any overage in the SBC's $189 million allocation budget for disaster relief in Florida and Texas by the Send Relief ministry of the North American Mission Board. Read More

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

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (2 days 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

  • Houston volunteers 'put some legs' on their faith

    by Carmen K. Sisson, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Carmen K. Sisson
    KATY, Texas -- Hurricane Harvey's impact will be felt in this flood-weary state for many months to come as homeowners struggle to put their lives back together. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) crews remain on the scene, even as others deploy to Florida for Hurricane Irma response.

    Shady, tree-lined neighborhoods are a maze of mismatched dinette sets and children's toys. Stores are de facto shelters, diners, and one-stop shops for donations and disaster assistance forms. Hotel rooms are at such a premium that displaced residents memorize front desk numbers and scour the Internet, hoping to catch an elusive, available room. Read More

  • Best ways to give in times of crisis  

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (3 days 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

  • Baptist DR not letting up after ruinous Irma, Harvey

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    FORT MEYERS, Fla. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief continues to deploy volunteers to help respond to immediate needs in Florida and the Caribbean left by Hurricane Irma while still maintaining focus on enormous needs from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, south Texas and Louisiana.

    In Florida, seven Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) feeding units from several states in the Southeast have arrived as well as some from the Northeast. Many are set to begin feeding today (Friday, Sept. 15). On Thursday, a crew from the Baptist General Association of Virginia prepared 1,200 meals in Palm Coast. Read More