Adoptee’s first act of love: aiding his homeland
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- People huddled in blankets near Ha Tsolosa, Lesotho. The January rain drizzled around them, a sign the recent drought was ending. The lack of rain had lasted two years and had devastated crops so badly many villagers had run out of food. Soon, aid workers -- both foreign and local -- started unloading relief items including bags of mealie (corn meal), oil and beans from trucks. But one worker looked a little different to the crowd.
The First Act of Love: Pastor’s Family, Newly Adopted Son Bond by Distributing Food in Child’s Country
Nine-year-old Haddon Fries had just been adopted and was heading to a new life in the United States. But first, he spread Christ’s love in the country of his birth.
Southern Baptists Partner to Respond to African Famine
Because of assistance through Southern Baptists’ Global Hunger Relief and Baptist Global Response, families in famine-stricken Lesotho have food to eat.
Ecuador post-quake response being assessed
QUITO, Ecuador (BP) -- As the death toll climbs in Ecuador after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake April 16, Baptist Global Response is assessing damage and determining the most strategic response. According to CNN on April 20, the death toll was approaching 500, with 4,000-plus injured. David and Jo Brown, area directors in the Americas for the BGR humanitarian organization, landed in Quito, Ecuador, earlier this week and began working with local Ecuadorean Baptist partners ...
Pastor’s new bride a ’12-cow kind of girl’
NEW CASTLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky Baptist church got involved in an unusual fundraiser just before its pastor Daniel Lowry married his wife. The congregation ended up paying more than $1,500 for him to be able to say "I do" in October. For the previous two years, Lowry's wife -- the former Kristen Sayres -- had served overseas as co-director for the Naivasha Children's Shelter in Naivasha, Kenya, which rehabilitates homeless boys and tries to reintegrate them into their families. Sayres had spent a total of seven years in Kenya, a country in which grooms normally give large sums of money to their
Syrian refugees receiving care from Baptists
SYRIA (BP) - Rima* was finally shopping again. Her family needed food and supplies, and the young girl was "running and grabbing, just like a little kid" in the supermarket, remembered Abraham Shepherd. Shepherd, area director for Baptist Global Response, told the Syrian refugee's story in a meeting room, thousands of miles from the store where he bought Rima's family food.
Children give to help those in need
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Through giving their pennies, nickels and dimes and more, kids at Circle Drive Baptist Church are seeking to help others through Baptist Global Response. “Children can make a difference right now by giving and by praying,” Circle Drive Children’s Ministry Director Kathy Routt in Colorado Springs, Colo., said. “But, they’re also future givers and … those who are going to care for people around the world.”
World AIDS Day: Love sent to Africa in buckets
NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) -- Rosemary opened up the five-gallon plastic bucket and pulled out gifts, including a set of new bed sheets. She clutched them to her chest. Her eyes filled with tears.
Water gives relief to fire-ravaged Chileans
VALPARAISO, Chile (BP) -- Sections of Valparaiso, Chile, looked like a war zone after a forest fire destroyed nearly 2,500 houses on April 12. The fire also killed 15 people and displaced at least 12,000, according to Chilean news reports.