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  • Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logistics

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Puerto Rico National Guard
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Sam Porter estimates that one-third of the island has yet to receive much care or help.

    Porter, the North American Mission Board's national director for disaster relief, has been in Puerto Rico since Sunday, Oct. 8.

    He is working there with Jack Noble, a retired disaster relief director from the SBC of Virginia, and David Melber, NAMB's president of Send Relief, to coordinate a plan to deliver help and hope to the people of Puerto Rico. Read More

  • San Juan pastor serves meals, Gospel after Maria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (one year ago)

    Submitted photo.
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Hungry and thirsty two weeks after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, the teenage girl approached as Southern Baptist church planter Johnny Baez was serving beans, rice and filtered water.

    "I'm hungry and I don't have nothing at home," she told Baez, "and I just start walking to see if I find something to eat."

    Baez shared the girl's story with Baptist Press by telephone Oct. 6, recounting... Read More

  • Puerto Rico churches doing best to help, NAMB catalyst says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from MSNBC
    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- More than a week after Puerto Rico suffered its greatest natural disaster, the condition of most of the Southern Baptist churches on the island is still unknown, a church planting catalyst on the island told Baptist Press.

    But the 12 churches Carlos Rodriguez has been able to contact are doing all they can to help survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria, he said in a telephone interview Sept. 27. Rodriguez had been unable to contact the remaining 75 or so Southern Baptist churches on the island because of damaged infrastructure and communication services, he said. Read More

  • UPDATE: SBDR reports on Puerto Rico response

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 22, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- After Hurricane Maria knocked power out for nearly the entire population of Puerto Rico, the island's infrastructure is devastated and initial reports estimate that it will take months before services can be completely restored.

    On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 21), FEMA officials sought to organize a response in Puerto Rico with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) as well as American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Read More

  • Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (one year 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