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TN fires: Churches reflect on God's grace 1 year laterGATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- For pastor Kim McCroskey and his congregation, the odyssey appears to be nearly over.
After spending nearly exactly one year in temporary venues, the members of Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg will soon be returning to their original location.
"The light at the end of the tunnel is really bright," McCroskey said. "We know we are about to come back home."
Roaring Fork Baptist was destroyed last November -- losing its sanctuary and family life center -- in the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires that swept through the region. But after a long and steady recovery process, aided by Tennessee Baptist disaster relief teams and Builders for Christ, the church is scheduled to start hosting services on its campus again within the next few weeks. Read More
Navajo DR volunteers reach out to Harvey victimsPORT ARTHUR, Texas (BP) -- For generations the Navajo have often been on the receiving end of volunteer mission teams. Buddy Evans chaperoned one such trip in 1985. For two weeks his team led Vacation Bible School in the mornings, revival meetings in the evenings and, in between, explored the desert high country of New Mexico -- a stark contrast to their home in Port Arthur, Texas.
Evans found the Navajo culture intriguing and the people's openness to the Gospel encouraging. Nearly a generation later Evans would again be encouraged when the Navajo Nation's first disaster relief team arrived at his flood-ravaged home and offered aid in the name of Christ. 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
Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, fundingSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria's devastation in September, creating a nationwide response from the ground up.
Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief for the North American Mission Board, has spent several days in Puerto Rico in two separate trips to assist disaster response coordinator Jack Noble in facilitating the large-scale response by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and Send Relief. Read More
Iran-Iraq earthquake called 2017's deadliest yetNASHVILLE (BP) -- The death toll continues to rise after the deadliest earthquake of 2017 shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday (Nov. 12).
More than 450 people have been killed and 7,000 injured in the 7.3-magnitude quake, with major aftershocks continuing to shake the region, extending into Turkey, Kuwait, Pakistan and Lebanon, according to CNN.
Iran and Iraq both have started major rescue efforts. Read More
Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteersGUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The SBTC team deployed Oct. 15-23, responding to SBDR national director Sam Porter's request to establish a communications center at the Seminario Teologico Bautista in Guaynabo, southeast of San Juan. 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
DR intern helps in Houston, earns college creditMARYVILLE, Mo. (BP) -- Maddy Atwell spent her entire summer preparing for a disaster.
A member of Laura Street Baptist Church in Maryville, Mo., and a collegiate intern for Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief, she spent her summer training to respond however she was needed -- whether in mass care, child care, laundry, mud-out work, chaplaincy, chainsaw, or incident command.
And while nobody would complain about a disaster-free summer, it was a little bit ironic when one of the most destructive hurricanes on record hit Houston weeks after her internship ended and her junior year classes at Northwest Missouri State University began. Read More
Utah team seeks 'forgotten among us' in HoustonHOUSTON (BP) -- Mike Brooks is a plumber -- and a busy one at that. But he felt God calling him to help in Houston with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts. So, he and eight others from Baptist churches in Utah traveled to serve where they could on Oct. 15-20.
"This hurricane is not over," Brooks of First Baptist Church of Pleasant Grove, shared with his church the Sunday after the team returned home.
"The people there are literally exhausted," he told them. "They go to work, if they ... 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