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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 770-410-6456
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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
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.
Donations to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
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.
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