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Disaster relief, record AAEO top NAMB stories in 2017ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In one of the most turbulent weather years in U.S. history, Southern Baptists stretched their disaster relief capabilities in bringing relief to those affected by massive storms.
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) coordinated multi-state responses to three major hurricanes. Southern Baptist volunteers prepared more than 3 million meals, served over 90,000 days and witnessed more than 700 people profess faith in Christ in ministering to hurricane survivors. Read More
DR's Mickey Caison retires from SBC's 'greatest job'ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Think back among the most harrowing disasters in recent U.S. history: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwest floods of 1993, the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Harvey and Irma.
Mickey Caison has represented Southern Baptists at each of them.
As national director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for most of the past 23 years, Caison has led Baptist volunteers to share the love of Christ during difficult days across the country as well as abroad. Read More
Puerto Rico missionary's relief aid opens heartsCOMERÍO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Even in the aftermath of Puerto Rico's devastation from Hurricane Maria, church planting missionary Jorge Santiago has been experiencing the truth of Romans 8:28 that all things can work together for good.
In July, Santiago and his wife Rebeca moved to Puerto Rico with their two children, Sebastian and Sophia, to serve as North American Mission Board church planting missionaries in Comerío, a municipality of 20,000 about 30 miles south of San Juan.
"Right after the storm," Santiago said, "we just focused on helping people. We started looking for resources, food and water so that we could take it to Comerío." Read More
Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcomeSUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Pastor Frank Pomeroy's first message to the surviving members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was that they must overcome darkness with the light of Christ.
Seven days after a gunman killed 26 worship attendees, Pomeroy -- who was out of town during the Nov. 5 attack -- delivered his message at a tent worship service blocks away from the church property. More than 500 people attended the Nov. 12 service, according to media estimates. That same day, the church building was opened as a memorial to the slain. Read More
'Help & hope': DR's Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As far as disasters are concerned, 2017 will forever be known as "unprecedented."
The nation has been impacted by hurricanes of historic proportions, regionally pervasive wildfires and localized storms that struck numerous communities. Nations in the Caribbean also have been pummeled. The losses of life and property are more than statistics -- they represent people who desperately need hope and healing. Read More
Chaplain orientation equips, encouragesATLANTA (BP) -- During a panel discussion at the North American Mission Board's inaugural New Chaplain Orientation, four veteran chaplains described some of the criticism they received from other believers when they answered the call to chaplaincy. These chaplains recalled being told that they were leaving "real ministry."
Steven Turner, however, told them that, as chaplains, they would often find themselves at the crossroads "where death meets life." He reminded them that, in those moments, "Jesus makes the difference." Turner, who serves as the director of chaplaincy services at the Georgia Department of Corrections, encouraged and challenged attendees, many of whom were just starting out their ministry roles. Read More
Students' GenSend experience energizes church's givingALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In the summer of 2016, college students from Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La., traveled to Chicago and Calgary to learn to live on mission. That experience not only changed the lives of the students, it also impacted the church.
Temple Baptist consistently encourages its students to live on mission and to passionately pursue the Lord's will for their lives. And because of that, many of the church's students participate in the North American Mission Board's GenSend initiative -- a collegiate opportunity where students learn how to lead missional ... Read More
Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time highALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- On Thursday (Oct. 19), Kevin Ezell announced to the North American Mission Board staff that the 2017 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering totaled an all-time high: $59,648,377. The offering for North American missions beat the previous 2007 high by $185,096.
"We are grateful for every dime we get from Southern Baptists," said Ezell, NAMB president. "We are thankful for churches, pastors and denominational leaders who encourage their people to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering." Read More
Send Relief 'pastor packs,' SBDR help Puerto RicoSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- When people started showing up seeking food and water after Hurricane Maria, pastor Johnny Baez knew he couldn't just sit back and do nothing.
"People around my church started asking me for water to drink and food to eat," said Baez, who serves at Iglesia Bautista Familia Santurce (Baptist Church of the Family Santurce) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "So, I asked pastor friends for a [water] filter, and they let me use one. I asked another pastor for a gas stove and another pastor for a gas tank. Now we are cooking Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday." Read More
More volunteer doors opening in Puerto RicoPUERTO RICO (BP) -- This weekend, nearly 70 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers will begin arriving in Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts on the island.
Sam Porter, the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) national director for disaster relief, will reach Puerto Rico on Sunday, Oct. 8 to further develop plans for serving those affected by Hurricane Maria.
Teams from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will be joined by individuals and smaller groups from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Vermont. Conditions for the volunteers will be rough, and they will be prepared to serve whatever needs await them. Read More