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  • Missouri DR deploys after 17 killed at Branson lake

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    BRANSON, Mo. –(BP) -- Seventeen people, including children, died yesterday (July 19) after a sudden violent storm capsized a "duck boat" on Table Rock Lake near the tourist hotspot of Branson, Mo. The tragedy prompted a response from Missouri Disaster Relief (DR) today, as well as from other Southern Baptists in the region.

    Branson is known among tourists for its "duck boats," which can travel both on land and in the water. Two boats were still in the water yesterday at Table Rock Lake, when a fast-moving storm brought winds in excess of 60 mph and caused three-foot waves on the lake.

    One of the boats was able to make it back to shore but another -- carrying 31 passengers -- struggled amid the waves and was finally capsized. Read More

  • Colo. wildfires draw multi-state Baptist DR response

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LA VETA, Colorado (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams from as far east as Kentucky are headed west to Colorado to help bring hope and healing to communities ravaged by fires that have consumed tens of thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes.

    Colorado Baptists have been serving the community of La Veta in the south-central region of the state since June 30. The state SBDR team began feeding first responders -- firefighters, forestry workers, the National Guard, police and State Emergency Operations Center personnel -- three days after what became known as the Spring Creek Fire developed on June 27 near Fort Garland, Colo., roughly 35 miles west of La Veta, according to the Denver Post. Read More

  • Conn. 'surprised by grace' of DR response to storms

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    SOUTHBURY, Conn. (BP) -- Hundreds of Southern Baptists from 13 states are helping Connecticut residents after tornadoes destroyed 300 homes there in May, disaster relief (DR) leader Tim Buehner told Baptist Press.

    Chaplaincy has been at the forefront of DR work slated to continue through mid-July in at least five communities where an estimated 98 percent of residents don't recognize Jesus as Savior, said Buehner, mobilization and ministry evangelism coordinator for the Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE). Read More

  • Mission team 'safe' 10 miles from Fuego's eruption

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    ESCUINTLA CITY, Guatemala (BP) -- A Southern Baptist youth mission team already in Guatemala when a volcano erupted there June 3 is safe and helping churches house and feed survivors.

    The 10-member team from Bear Cove Baptist Church in Sparta, Tenn., had arrived in Escuintla City June 1 to help Baptist churches there evangelize urban youth, church youth minister Justin Wesson told Baptist Press June 4. Read More

  • DR team helps Army veteran show his patriotic heart

    by David Dawson, posted Thursday, May 31, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    SOUTHBURY, Ct. (BP) -- Myron Havrilchak was among thousands whose houses and property in southeast Connecticut were substantially damaged by tornadoes that recently swept through the area.

    And yet, when a Tennessee Baptist disaster relief team arrived at Havrilchak's residence in Southbury, they quickly realized something was on his mind that meant more to him than brick and mortar.

    A veteran of the U.S. Army, Havrilchak proudly flies a flag in his backyard. But the storms had destroyed his flagpole and the 86-year-old was focused, with the heart of a soldier, on rectifying the problem. Read More

  • Bob Dixon: Disaster relief pioneer was rooted in faith

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (5 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Robert E. "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago -- seeing DR deployments as "invitations from the Father" -- died May 10 at age 90.

    Dixon fashioned homemade "buddy burners" from gallon-sized coffee cans when, in the wake of Hurricane Beulah in 1967, he was dispatched to the Rio Grande Valley from a Royal Ambassadors boys camp.

    His task: to do what he could to coordinate volunteers who would use the one-pot buddy burners to prepare breakfast for truck drivers delivering food and clothing to storm survivors. Read More

  • Flood waters, pastor's vision lead to new church

    by Don Cockes, posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    COVINGTON, Va. (BP) -- There is a new church in Alleghany County, Va. -- and it happened because of a flood, a legacy and a pastor's vision.

    In June 2016, Fincastle Baptist Church, located in Fincastle, Va., just outside of Roanoke, reached out to the town of Covington after a flood that affected the area. Fincastle responded with volunteers, known as the Go Team, and developed a plan to provide furniture and appliances to flood victims. In partnership with SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief and with the help of SBCV's Vision Virginia funds, Fincastle was able to help nearly 500 families. Read More

  • DR 'ready to respond' after deadly nor'easter

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (7 months ago)

    IMGONLY=47369@left@35%]NEW ENGLAND (BP) -- Three days after a strong nor'easter killed nine people and battered a coastal swath from Virginia to Maine, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers remain "ready to respond," leaders told Baptist Press today.

    Government emergency management agencies and other first responders in the states have been able to respond to the storm that caused isolated wind damage, coastal flooding and massive power outages to as many as two million people. Hurricane-force wind gusts were reported at the storm's height. Read More

  • Deadly central-U.S. storms mobilize DR in 5 states

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground and others are on standby after weekend tornadoes and flooding killed five people and damaged homes in five states.

    Two disaster relief teams have been deployed in Tennessee; Illinois is assessing a response to flooding there; and teams are on standby in Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio, according to reports from state DR representatives and the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces 'Send Puerto Rico'

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board is adding Puerto Rico to its list of special areas that will receive increased attention and resources for church planting, Send Relief ministries and partnership opportunities with Southern Baptist churches that want to minister on the island. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the plans with NAMB trustees Tuesday (Feb. 6).

    The emphasis comes as Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from the staggering toll Hurricane Maria took on the island when it struck Sept. 20, 2017. Since the storm hit, NAMB, along with Southern Baptist volunteers from several ... Read More