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Southern Baptist response continues as record-breaking storm season persists

Hurricane Iota has sights set on Central America, making it the second major hurricane to hit the region following Hurricane Eta’s Nov. 3 landfall. Iota is the 13th hurricane and record-breaking 30th named storm during an historic 2020 hurricane season.

SBC DIGEST: Kentucky ministries get needed funds; Tennessee disaster relief plans 250th response

KBC Mission Board allocates funds to ministries in need; Ice storm will be Tennessee's 250th disaster relief response.

Tropical Storm Eta dumps rain on an already flooded Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Torrential rain from Tropical Storm Eta caused dangerous flooding across Florida's most densely populated urban areas Monday (Nov. 9) after it made landfall in the Florida Keys. Cars were stranded and entire neighborhoods were swamped as flash floods rose in areas where the water had no place to drain.

Faith-based compassion groups face declining numbers

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP/RNS) – Not long after Hurricane Sally made landfall in mid-September, an army composed of mostly senior citizens in yellow hats descended on the Gulf Coast.

SBC DIGEST: Colorado Baptists serve 19K meals; Jack Brymer Sr., former state editor, dies

Colorado Baptists serve more than 19,000 meals to fire evacuees; Jack Brymer Sr., former state paper editor, dies.

SBDR prepares Zeta response; NOBTS avoids major damage

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Hurricane Zeta made landfall as a Category 2 storm in southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday evening (Oct. 28), passing over New Orleans around 7:30 p.m. before trekking across the southeastern United States and into the mid-Atlantic states as a tropical storm, leaving more than 2.5 million without power.

As new storm looms, Southern Baptist volunteers maintain multiple responses

LAKE CHARLES, La. – Heading into the final week of October, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) operations have gone from seeing a light at the end of a tunnel to staring down the barrel of a potential Hurricane Zeta.

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 […]

SBC DIGEST: Women’s Leadership Forum; Bible storying in Madagascar; Hurricane recovery for churches

This year’s LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum won’t look like it has in years past; In the last 10 years, believers in southwest Madagascar have crafted more than 100 local dialect Bible stories; Churches are invited to an informational meeting on Oct. 27 at East Ridge Baptist Church in Lake Charles, La.

‘Lake Charles grit’ tested by two hurricanes in weeks

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) – Trinity Baptist Church Senior Pastor Steve James calls it "Lake Charles grit," an ability to persevere during hardship on top of hardship. "Grit up" is the local rallying cry after Hurricanes Laura and Delta hit western Louisiana just weeks apart.