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  • Baptists feed Florence survivors, prepare for recovery

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (4 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 (4 months ago) screen capture
    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 (4 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

  • 4 trucks with DR equipment head to Carolinas & Va.

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder
    CANNONSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Chainsaws, generators and other equipment and supplies were loaded onto four semi-trailer trucks Sept. 11-12 ahead of Hurricane Florence at Southern Baptists' Appalachian Ministry Center in northeastern Kentucky.

    Florence began its onslaught on North and South Carolina today (Sept. 13). According to CNN, "By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 mph. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery." Though the hurricane had weakened to Category 2 with sustained winds topping 100 mph, a devastating storm surge is projected, followed by massive amounts of rainfall for several days on the coast and inland.

    Rob Allen, director of the center, said the ministry of the North American Mission Board's Send Relief arm -- was coming alongside state Baptist conventions in North and South Carolina and Virginia to help with hurricane relief. Read More

  • Baptist DR readying for Hurricane Florence onslaught

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo from NASA.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As Hurricane Florence continues its trajectory toward the Carolina coastline, the North American Mission Board is coordinating the national Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response, along with moving supplies from Send Relief's warehouse in Ashland, Ky.

    SBC President J.D. Greear, in a video distributed by NAMB, is calling on Southern Baptists to "put on display the generosity of Christ" through the upcoming disaster effort.

    Eddie Blackmon, a disaster response specialist with NAMB, has been at the the American Red Cross National Capital Region headquarters in Fairfax, Va., in the Washington, D.C., metro area preparing for the initial feeding response. Read More

  • Gordon's Gulf flood risks put DR volunteers on alert

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Screen grab from The Weather Channel video
    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Anticipated flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon has Southern Baptist volunteers on alert in three Gulf Coast states, and may extend responses in the already-flooded Midwest as Gordon moves inland.

    The storm will likely intensify to a Category 1 hurricane as it comes ashore between western Alabama and eastern Louisiana this evening (Sept. 4), the Weather Channel reported, but will quickly weaken again to a tropical storm as it moves inland, perhaps over Arkansas. Read More

  • Along Harvey's path, churches reflect on 1-year mark

    by Morgan Collier & Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, August 31, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Morgan Collier
    SOUTHEAST TEXAS (BP) -- Hurricane Harvey swept disaster across the Texas Gulf Coast one year ago, first pummeling Rockport and Port Aransas with destructive winds, then stalling over Houston for three days before moving to the Golden Triangle with rainfall of up to 60 inches. Dozens were killed and thousands were displaced.

    Separate gatherings marking the anniversary of the disaster were held at Southern Baptists of Texas Convention churches the final weekend in August, the order of the three commemorations tracking Harvey's path through Rockport, Humble and Beaumont.

    Each event featured hot dogs, snow cones, outdoor games, music and speakers, SBTC Disaster Relief (DR) associate Wally Leverle said in describing the block parties. Read More

  • Hurricane Harvey work not over at one-year mark

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Josh McKague
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Since Hurricane Harvey's Category 4 winds began battering the Texas coast a year ago, Southern Baptists have served more than 75,000 volunteer days to help the region recover.

    And they aren't done yet.

    Southern Baptists will continue to engage impacted areas for at least the next two years and likely beyond, said David Melber, president of Send Relief at the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

    "There are so many ongoing needs," Melber said. "Just because it was a year ago doesn't mean life is back to normal. There are still so many people without homes. We'll be there to help for as long as it takes." Read More

  • Calif. fires leave locals 'shocked,' DR active

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Screen capture from KGO
    CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. (BP) -- California Southern Baptists have found themselves dispensing hope amid the death, destruction and weariness caused by more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state.

    The largest recorded fire in California history -- the Mendocino Complex fire in the northern part of the state -- has burned more than 340,000 acres, destroyed 147 homes and left a firefighter dead Aug. 13.

    Among those to suffer loss in the massive blaze is Gregory Holmes, director of missions for the Mendo-Lake Baptist Association in Lucerne, Calif., who lost all the structures on his 23-acre Lake County retirement property. Holmes, 72, had spent years preparing the property for his retirement, which he hoped to begin in four to five years. But he couldn't find a company willing to issue fire insurance because of the high risk. Read More

  • Calif. wildfires: Chaplains become first phase of DR

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, July 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Screen capture from TIME
    REDDING, Calif. (BP) -- California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief chaplaincy teams have begun providing spiritual and emotional counseling to survivors of Northern California's Carr fire, which started on July 23 and rapidly grew over the weekend to consume more than 98,000 acres.

    Mike Bivins, director of California's SBDR efforts who has been on site visiting shelters, reported that between 800 and 1,000 survivors have been in and out of shelters in the Redding area.

    "As of [Monday morning, July 30], no evacuation orders have been lifted," Bivins said. "We are anticipating that shelters will remain for three-plus days." Read More