Tropical storm warnings for Puerto Rico


    TS Gonzalo 2014 


      Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the island of Puerto Rico Monday and Tuesday. Pray for Baptists in Puerto Rico as they weather the storm and minister to their neighbors. Puerto Rico disaster relief celebrated the completion of training for more than 100 volunteers with a graduation ceremony October 4, 2014. Follow recent SBDR activity in the latest SBDR Update.  


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    Southern Baptists extend their commitment to Superstorm Sandy Rebuild

    Because of requests from several partner agencies and local community leaders, the North American Mission Board and North Carolina Baptist Men have agreed to continue the Sandy Rebuild work in New York. Work will also continue in New Jersey. There will again be a collegiate focus around the Christmas and spring break time periods. 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.

    Great ShakeOut

    October 16, 2014 is the date for the next Great ShakeOut Event. Help your church and family learn to survive an earthquake.

    Bridging the Gap

    Southern Baptist volunteers built a temporary bridge to cross a river and clean up debris in Glen Haven, Colo. The bridge worked so well the town is keeping it for future flood recovery efforts. Read more.

    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. 


    2014 Activity Reported to Date

    Professions of Faith 286
    Gospel Presentations 1,019
    Chaplaincy Contacts 3,479
    Ministry Contacts 7,115
    Volunteer Days 24,676
    Meals Prepared 98,482
    Chainsaw Jobs 821
    Flood Recovery Jobs 4554
    Fire Recovery Jobs 69
    Temporary Roof/Repair Jobs 344
    Showers 9,141
    Laundry 1,499
    Children Cared For 392