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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
TRUSTEES: Montreal's need, progress highlight NAMB meetingMONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (BP) -- North American Mission Board trustees gathered Oct. 2-4 in Montreal to hear reports of the progress new church plants are making there and to witness the reality of the deep lostness that is believed to make this Canadian city the least-reached part of North America.
"It is a bit hostile to the Gospel," Gerry Taillion, executive director of the Canadian National Baptist Convention, told NAMB trustees. "But slowly and surely, we will win them."
Taillon credited his convention's partnership with Southern Baptists as a key element to the growth Montreal and all of Canada has recently seen in Kingdom work. Read More
Green light given for Puerto Rico as FL, TX relief persistsALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's Send Relief ministry has been asked to manage the disaster response on behalf of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico.
"We have officially requested Send Relief to coordinate the disaster relief response in Puerto Rico," said Jorge Alvarez, who leads the Puerto Rican convention. "The needs here are unprecedented, and we need our entire Southern Baptist family to help Puerto Rico during this tragic time." Read More
State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell saysNASHVILLE (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 faithKATY, 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
Churches, ministry groups serve refugees fleeing IrmaCLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- Following more than 24 hours of travel from West Palm Beach, Fla., a group of Syrian refugees finally made it to the Send Relief hub at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) in Clarkston, Ga. The eight families had fled from the civil war in Syria. Now, they were on the run from Hurricane Irma.
After scrambling to leave in the early-morning hours of Sept. 7, the families did not arrive until after 4:30 a.m. the next day. Read More
Irma puts Bapt. DR on alert amid Harvey aidNASHVILLE (BP) -- The second major hurricane threatening the U.S. within two weeks has Southern Baptists and their partners actively preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma, even as Harvey recovery efforts hunker down for the long haul.
With flood waters still standing in some parts of Texas, and Category 5 Irma churning, President Trump has declared states of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More