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Youth groups aid tornado-battered county

CROPWELL, Ala. (BP)--An Alabama-based youth ministry -- helping St. Clair County to come "storming back" from the April 27 tornado that destroyed 300 homes and took 13 lives -- organized 18 rebuilding projects in June involving dozens of youth groups.

‘My eyes lit up’ for tornado relief ministry

ANNISTON, Ala. (BP)–Meg Pelley, who attended a summer camp near Anniston, Ala., as a child, returned to the area with her four teenage children to do disaster relief ministry during the Memorial Day weekend. The Pelleys were among 43 volunteers from three Tennessee churches — First Baptist in Rockwood and South Harriman and Lee Village, […]

Ala. church blessed with overflow

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (BP)–No one can accuse the members of Forest Lake Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa of letting grass grow under their feet. Within hours of the April 27 tornado, more than 100 survivors living nearby came to the church for help. A few church members did the best they could to minister amid the destruction. […]

Disaster relief continues in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (BP)–Duane Bechtold understands his mission. “We didn’t come here to cut trees but to tell people Jesus loves them. The chainsaws give us the tools to share that message.” Bechtold, the volunteer disaster relief coordinator for Texas Baptist Men’s efforts in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is part of a group of nearly 200 Texas Baptists […]

DR center staffers responded in a hurry

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Vernon Lee stared at a computer screen chock full of information about disaster relief volunteers.

Wheelchair no obstacle to mission passion

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (BP)--Peggy Gentry may be bound to a wheelchair, but her service to Christ knows no bounds.       "The Lord gave me a desire to go, and I just want to keep on going," says Gentry ...