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SBC DIGEST: Missouri Baptists support The Baptist Home through COVID outbreak; Hurricane cleanup help needed at Louisiana camp

Missouri Baptists support The Baptist Home through COVID outbreak By BP Staff JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) – The Baptist Home, a residential senior care facility affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention, has experienced an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus at two of its four campuses. The agency’s Chillicothe, Mo., campus has seen six deaths from […]

DISASTER RELIEF DIGEST: Oklahoma, Kentucky volunteers share hope in storm zones; WMU Foundation helps ministries rebuild

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) continues to help those who were affected by recent hurricanes. Fairhope, Ala., has found hope through the volunteers of Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief. The Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation has gifted the Louisiana Baptist Convention $25,000 to cover insurance deductibles for four Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) sites, as well as the Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center and the Baptist Building – all damaged by Hurricane Laura.

How Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organized its response in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) – Behind a seven-foot wall of tangled tree branches on the curb that stretches the length of her property, Betty Tuberville watched Thursday morning as disaster relief volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention took down the trunk of a tree that had punctured her neighbor's roof.

Southern Baptists near 500K meals prepared during hurricane response

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) – Every year, the World Meteorological Organization maintains a list of 21 official names for major storms that originate in the Atlantic. In 2020, the season has been so active that they have had to turn to the Greek alphabet for names, including Tropical Storm Beta, which hit the Texas Gulf Coast Sept. 21.

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. Mississippi 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.