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  • Deadly mudslides follow wildfire threat at CA church

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- Deadly mudslides driven by intense rain evacuated Springs of Life Church Jan. 9, just a month after it served as a staging area for firefighters battling the massive Thomas wildfire.

    The Southern Baptist church sits just inside a mandatory evacuation area, according to the Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center, where walls of mud rushed parched, barren land unable to absorb sudden torrential rains before daybreak Jan. 9. The mudslides killed at least 15 people and injured 25 others, the Associated Press reported today (Jan. 10), as rescue workers continued to search for bodies and survivors. Emergency responders had rescued about 50 by midday. Read More

  • Wildfire skirts CA church, pastor shares scary moments

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- When the massive Thomas wildfire rushed the boundaries of Springs of Life Baptist Church in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, pastor Doug Jones was onsite with firefighters and others working to save the church, nearby homes and livestock.

    Jones described the "terrifying" scene to Baptist Press today (Dec. 8). His church serves as a staging area for perhaps 60 Unified Command firefighters who manned 12 fire engines near the church in the quaint mountain community of Casitas Springs in Ventura. Read More

  • So. Calif. churches in wildfire path; DR on standby

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- With five wildfires burning in California, the latest in Los Angeles, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby and several church facilities are unreachable, ministry leaders there told Baptist Press.

    The Thomas fire in Ventura, the largest, is threatening churches in the Gold Coast Baptist Association that are included in mandatory evacuation zones, Director of Missions Vern Hancock said. Springs of Life Church in the Casitas Springs community of Ventura was in imminent danger, but Hancock had been unable to contact its pastor Douglas Jones by BP's deadline today (Dec. 6). Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Where to turn for solace & comfort

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (5 months ago)

    "The sorrow that our nation feels now is palpable," David Jeremiah notes of hurricanes, flooding, mass killings and wildfires. "Where else should we go but to the Father who sees all and knows every emotion we feel?" he writes. Read More

  • CA fires: DR begins, former Gateway campus a shelter

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- As firefighters gained ground against the Northern California blaze Gov. Jerry Brown called perhaps "the greatest tragedy" the state "has ever faced," Southern Baptist disaster relief crews began feeding, cleanup and chaplaincy work today (Oct. 17).

    Meanwhile, the former main campus of Gateway Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., was being used to shelter both evacuees and out-of-town fire crews, and a pastor in Calistoga, Calif., credited prayer with saving his town. Read More

  • Calif. wildfires rage, churches 'jumping into action'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BP) -- Amid Northern California wildfires that have killed at least 13 people and burned more than 1,500 buildings since Oct. 8, Southern Baptist churches have begun ministering and California Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief crews are poised for relief work.

    The death toll is expected to rise, according to media reports, and more than 100 people have been reported missing. As of Monday night (Oct. 10), several of the 17 fires had not been contained. Read More

  • Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    SEELEY LAKE, Mont. (BP) -- With wildfires in the western United States having consumed a cumulative area larger than the state of Maryland, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units are preparing for ministry.

    Nine western states -- California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming -- have experienced fires this year that have consumed more than 8 million total acres, 3 million above the annual national average for the past decade, according to The Washington Post. Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Emeritus Korea missionary Don Jones dies; 2nd WMU grant made for Tenn. wildfire relief

    by Southern Baptist TEXAN, WMU & BP Staff, posted Monday, April 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    Don Jones, emeritus Southern Baptist missionary who served in South Korea 36 years, dies at age 88; WMU makes second grant to aid Smoky Mountain fire victims.

    Don Jones, 36 years a missionary to Korea, dies

    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (BP) -- Don Jones, an emeritus Southern Baptist missionary who served in South Korea for 36 years, died April 9 after suffering a head injury in a fall two days earlier. He was 88. 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

  • Baptists honor firefighters with early Thanksgiving

    by By Kelli Cottrell, posted Wednesday, November 26, 2003 (14 years ago)

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (BP)--Local firefighters, who put in up to two weeks with no down time fighting Southern California's worst wildfires, were treated to an early Thanksgiving feast and honored by Northpark Community Church. Read More