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  • Michael hits Fla.: DR preps against 'compassion fatigue'

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, October 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "This year is beginning to look more like our 2017 hurricane response," said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board, as Hurricane Michael pressed toward the Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 9.

    "The storms are simply happening a month later than they did last year," said Porter, who is coordinating with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors across the Southeast and NAMB's Send Relief leadership ahead of Michael's landfall.

    "We've had Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina. Now three weeks later, we've ... Read More

  • Hurricane Florence aftermath still 'pretty rough'

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Laura Sikes
    LONGS, S.C. (BP) -- It didn't take disaster relief volunteer Ronnie Register long to describe the situation where he is serving.

    "The situation here is pretty rough. There are a lot of hurting people," Register said as he looked across the church parking lot at a flooded subdivision in Longs, S.C.

    Not only had floodwater been just below roof level of some homes, but the buzzards were having a field day feasting on dead fish floating in the murky waters. Read More

  • DR requests & salvations continue in Carolina relief

    by Laura Sikes, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Laura Sikes
    NEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- When 89-year-old William Cunniff returned to his flood-damaged home in North Carolina, he found mold climbing the walls of every room, the remains of Hurricane Florence. Cunniff had evacuated and stayed out of the state with relatives until it was safe to return.

    The widower and U.S. Marine Corps veteran found that his home of 20 years in New Bern's Fairfield Harbour community had taken on more than a foot of floodwater just as many other homes had in his neighborhood. Cunniff is staying with his next-door neighbor whose garage took on less than a foot of water. Read More

  • S.C. church serves community in Florence aftermath

    by Laura Sikes, posted Wednesday, October 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Laura Sikes/NAMB
    DILLON, S.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers came to bring help, healing and hope to Hurricane Florence survivors in Dillon, S.C. And they were met with overwhelming support and appreciation from the community and their host, First Baptist Church of Dillon.

    Dillon County, with a population of about 30,000, has suffered three major disasters from storms in the last four years. Flood waters in 2015 devastated much of the state from Columbia to the coastal areas. Hurricane Matthew hit in 2016 and Hurricane Florence followed in September this year with its heavy, unceasing rains, which caused much flooding that damaged homes and businesses, some for the second time since 2015. Read More

  • Baptist DR sees urgency in getting roofs patched

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Dukes/NAMB
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- With various South Carolina communities still plagued by flooding, Southern Baptists Disaster Relief volunteers have been working tirelessly to help survivors of Hurricane Florence since its landfall in North Carolina on Sept. 14.

    Several flooded rivers were expected to crest today (Sept. 26), and as the waters started to recede, SBDR volunteers faced a pressing need to provide temporary roofing for homeowners.

    "We've had virtually no rain since the storm, but we have some rain in the forecast," Randy Creamer, South Carolina's disaster relief director, reported. "So, it's really significant to get roofs covered before the rains return and cause a whole lot more damage." Read More

  • Hurricane Florence relief mobilization underway

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Brandon Elrod
    LUMBERTON, N.C. (BP) -- Cars stretched from Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.C., down Highway 211 waiting to receive hot meals in a makeshift drive-thru set up by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) in the church's parking lot.

    Volunteers with the North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBM), who comprise North Carolina's SBDR outreach, along with volunteers from churches in town, cooked and distributed meals to residents, many of whom lost everything during Hurricane Florence.

    Some of the volunteers like Hyde Park member Donna DiChiara likewise endured severe damage to their homes. Read More

  • Trump 'just settled in' at N.C. SBDR site

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Screen capture from WRAL.com
    NEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- President Trump spent approximately an hour today (Sept. 19) at a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief site in New Bern, N.C., helping volunteers distribute meals and greeting victims of Hurricane Florence.

    "I was literally thinking" the president's visit would last 15-20 minutes, said Jim Pennington, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, the congregation hosting the SBDR site. But Trump "just settled in. He started meeting people and asking questions, looking people in the eye and saying, 'Tell me about your house.'" Read More

  • Baptists feed Florence survivors, prepare for recovery

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Dukes
    NEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- The sun began peeking through the clouds over New Bern, N.C., Tuesday morning (Sept. 18) after Hurricane Florence devastated the community. Despite the brief reprieve from rain, there are concerns flooding may worsen as water flows back to the Atlantic from farther inland.

    Memories are still fresh from the last big storm to hit the state. After Hurricane Matthew blew through North Carolina in 2016, the storm surge and rain afflicted coastal towns, and the resulting runoff created a resurgence of flooding over the next few days in cities like New Bern.

    "We're at the bottom of the mountain, right here at the bottom of the hill," said Jim Pennington, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. "All that rain water now will get here Thursday and we will be cut off again ... [Hurricane] Matthew did that" in 2016. Read More

  • DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WILMINGTON, N.C. (BP) -- Rising floodwaters have cut off the supply chains of some Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts following Hurricane Florence, and others are increasingly threatened. But that's not slowing down ministry to North Carolina communities hit by the storm.

    As Baptist state conventions partner with the North American Mission Board to mount a disaster relief effort, the response is “a true testimony to the effectiveness of the partnerships throughout all state conventions," said David Melber, president of Send Relief, NAMB's crisis response arm. Read More

  • As Florence lashes N.C., Baptists 'shine bright'

    by David Roach & Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Screen capture from NBC
    NEW BERN, N.C. (BP) -- As Hurricane Florence came ashore Friday (Sept. 14) in North Carolina, Southern Baptists began relief ministries and made initial assessments of flooded church buildings and homes.

    The Category 1 hurricane has left at least four people dead. Florence could dump 40 inches of rain on some areas of North and South Carolina, according to media reports. As of Friday morning, 620,000 people in the Carolinas were without power and 26,000 were in more than 200 emergency shelters.

    At least four Southern Baptist churches had their facilities flooded, with rain and storm surges expected to increase flooding over the weekend. Attempting boat rescues, manning unofficial shelters and preparing for a formal Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) campaign were among Baptists' initial responses. Read More