• Southern Baptists respond to storms across the country



      Photo above: Oklahoma Baptist disaster relief volunteers serve meals to residents and volunteer workers at Snow Hill Baptist Church near Tuttle, Oklahoma. (Photo by David Crowell; courtesy of Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma) Learn more about Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response activities in the latest SBDR Update.   

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    Southern Baptists responding to Nepal earthquake

    After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sunday, Southern Baptist personnel in the area began moving toward the quake's epicenter to assess the damage and ministry opportunities. Baptist Global Response (BGR) leads the way for Southern Baptist international development and disaster ministries. BGR has trained personnel in the area and additional personnel are en route. Pray  for the people of Nepal as many regions are inaccessible and cut off from aid. Strong aftershocks continue in the region, leaving residents fearful of collapsing buildings. Many are living outside their homes in tents, though  their homes were not damaged by the quake. Find out more about the Southern Baptist response on the BGR website.

    How to prepare for a tornadoTornadoPreparedness

    Tornadoes have already caused considerable damage this year. Are you prepared? Find out more. 

    Summer collegiate missionary disaster relief opportunity: Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has summer missionary opportunities for college-age students this summer. Students will be trained in the various ministries of Disaster Relief. Student teams will respond to assist homeowners affected by disasters.

    Check out this video from one of the 2014 SBDR collegiate summer teams.

    Interested students will need to  submit a student missionary application by April 1.

    If you have questions please contact:
        Susan Peugh
        Volunteer Coordinator/Disaster Relief, NAMB

    Winter weather impacts multiple states

    SBDR volunteers in several conventions were out assisting communities with damage from recent winter storms. Read More about their efforts to "Bring Help, Healing and Hope."

    Ebola outbreak slows but food crisis continues in West Africa

    DALLAS — Although the spread of Ebola in West Africa has slowed, the food crisis caused by the epidemic continues, a Liberian Baptist leader told the director of Texas Baptists’ disaster recovery program. Read more in the latest SBDR Update. 

    Rebuild volunteers urgently needed in New York and New Jersey

    Volunteers are urgently needed in New York and New Jersey to complete repairs of homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Southern Baptists have been ministering to families in the region since the days just before the storm roared ashore leaving behind thousands of wind and flood damaged homes. Volunteers are needed to replace drywall, install floors, doors and cabinets and compete finish work. This year the Christmas and spring break projects will be on Long Island with housing in a dormitory on the New York Institute of Technology campus. Find out more about the project and how you can be part of continuing efforts to bring help, healing and hope to the people of New York and New Jersey here.


    A new believer in Colorado

    SBDR volunteers, a Colorado Baptist congregation and a Texas layman were used by God to draw a Colorado flood survivor to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Read more of their story in this  SBDR Update. 

    Evangelism flows naturally from disaster relief service

    Camille. Hugo. Andrew. 9-11. Katrina. Haiti. Tuscaloosa. Joplin. Sandy. Oklahoma City.

    Those words bring to mind disasters of the first order. They trigger emotions and memories difficult and poignant. Southern Baptists have a common response to them all: Help. Read the rest of the story.

    Donating to Disaster Relief

    The desire to do something when disaster strikes is great as the compassion God has put within us moves us to reach out to people in need and touch them with the love of Jesus. Your donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief through the North American Mission Board or the Baptist State Convention where a disaster has occurred is the best way to help Southern Baptists bring Help, Healing and Hope to people and communities. Any financial contribution, no matter how small, is worth more than a box of unsolicited items. Cash really is best! 


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     "Unsolicited donated goods, such as used clothing, require the added cost of storage and valuable disaster response staff and volunteer time, which could be better used helping meet people's real needs,” explains Daniel Stoecker, executive director of National VOAD.

    If you feel God is leading you to collect and donate materials, please do so responsibly by finding organizations that are prepared to receive and distribute the items. You should be prepared to provide transportation for anything you collect.

    Other resources for identifying places to donate during disasters 

             Donate Responsibly - FEMA 

             How to donate - National VOAD 





    The 2014 SBDR Award Recipients

    Robert E. Dixon Lifetime Service
            Jack Shelby - IL Baptist State Association

    Joel W. Phillips Outstanding Achievement
            Kay Cassibry - Mississippi Baptist Convention Board
            Paul and Tommie Palmer - Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention

    Distinguished Service (in 2013)
            James Irvine - Louisiana Baptist Convention
            Gene Jones - Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
            Dave Karr – Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
            Bill Prindle - Montana Southern Baptist Convention
            Larry Rundle - State Convention of Baptists in Ohio
            Den Smith - Indiana Baptist State Convention

    Learn more about the disaster relief awards.

    2013 Activity Report

    2013 Fleet Report


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    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief responds to disasters across the U.S. and around the world. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100 percent of all gifts are used to meet the needs of hurting people in the wake of disasters. Donations can be made online, by phone 866-407-6262, or by mail. Checks should be made payable to North American Mission Board and sent to Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. 

    Donations to support the disaster relief efforts of state Baptist convention disaster relief organizations can be made to the individual conventions. You can find contact information for the conventions here. 


    2015 Activity Reported to Date

    Professions of Faith 9
    Gospel Presentations 73
    Chaplaincy Contacts 202
    Ministry Contacts 1,607
    Bibles Distributed 124
    Volunteer Days 2,230
    Meals Prepared 15.153
    Chainsaw Jobs 87
    Flood Recovery Jobs 78
    Temporary Roof/Repair Jobs 19
    Showers 1,968
    Laundry Loads 55
    Children Cared for 3