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Southern Baptists prepare Hurricane Sally response, serve disaster survivors coast-to-coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) – As Hurricane Sally’s deluge flooded Alabama and the Florida Panhandle Wednesday (Sept. 16), Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) readied its response. Volunteers in Louisiana, meanwhile, hit milestones as they served survivors of August’s Hurricane Laura, and Southern Baptists continue serving across the nation.

Trinity is hub for disaster relief, ministry, sharing the Gospel

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) – When a hurricane leaves town, the ensuing days evoke whirlwinds of activity for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles is a hub of such ministry, reaching into the community with cleanup efforts, 20,000 meals a day, tons of food and other life necessities, and sharing the Gospel.

Katrina evacuees return the favor to camp battered by Laura

DRY CREEK, La. (BP) – The winds were still howling as Hurricane Laura blew through Dry Creek Baptist Camp Thursday morning Aug. 27, when camp director Todd Burnaman fielded a welcomed phone call from the pastor of Horeb Baptist Church in Gretna, La., asking how he and his people could lend assistance.

DISASTER RELIEF DIGEST: 140 churches damaged; Hundreds of volunteers mobilized

Hurricane Laura’s 140-mph, Category 4 winds considered nothing sacred, including houses of worship. ppi Baptist Disaster Relief (MBDR) teams were in the first wave of a large response of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams rolling into Louisiana after Hurricane Laura raked the state Aug. 27.

DISASTER RELIEF DIGEST: Oklahoma, Kentucky disaster relief teams bring aid to Louisiana

Work has begun for 80-plus Oklahoma and Kentucky Baptist volunteers in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

Churches persevere, hold services on first post-Laura Sunday

CALCASIEU PARISH, La. (BP) — Louisiana Baptist churches damaged by Hurricane Laura may not have been able to gather in their worship centers on Sunday, but the powerful storm did not prevent them from meeting in other ways.

1 pastor dead, Cameron remains flooded, many churches damaged by Laura

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) -- A Southern Baptist pastor is among 18 deaths related to Hurricane Laura, dozens of churches are damaged and parts of Cameron Parish remain flooded five days after the storm, according to news reports and interviews.

Southern Baptists serve meals, clear debris in aftermath of Hurricane Laura

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) – In the wake of Hurricane Laura, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams from across the nation are converging on the Gulf Coast to serve storm survivors. Some, like Lake Charles resident and Louisiana SBDR volunteer Reggy Saxon, only had to journey a few miles.

Katrina’s 15th anniversary drowned by COVID-19, Hurricane Laura

GULFPORT, Miss. (BP) -- The 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will find Gulfport Pastor Jimmy Stewart praying where First Baptist Church stood before Katrina destroyed it. But Stewart's prayer will mark the grand opening of the Mississippi Aquarium that now occupies the plot.

Send Relief delivers supplies as Southern Baptists ready Hurricane Laura response

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) – Send Relief, the compassion ministry of Southern Baptists, spent Friday (Aug. 28) delivering food and supplies for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR), beginning the morning in Beaumont, Texas, and making a final stop in Lake Charles, La., in the early afternoon.