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By Meredith Yackel
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Winter
storm Juno hit areas of the Northeast early this week and continues to bring
moderate to heavy snow in some areas. Although its impact is less than
originally predicted, by noon Tuesday Juno had left parts of Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island with over a foot of
snow and a recorded 26.2 inches in Shrewsbury, Mass.
Strong wind gusts reached 30
mph Tuesday night in Boston and topped 70 mph in eastern Massachusetts. Sparse
coastal flooding has forced roads in some areas to close completely, and several
states either closed roads or imposed a limited travel ban. There are also an estimated
36,000 customers without power in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The greatest
impact of the storm occurred Tuesday night and moderate coastal flooding is expected
“The challenge is now, since
New York and other areas weren’t hit as bad as projected, it is easy to take an
attitude of complacency and not take preparedness with seriousness,” said Fritz
Wilson, executive director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) with the
North American Mission Board.
While trained SBDR
volunteers could be deployed for such a natural disaster if needed, Wilson said
blizzards are an example of the kind of event individuals and churches can
prepare for in advance.
“Our Ready Church initiative
is about being prepared for all disasters. The reason for churches and
Christians to be prepared is that when we are prepared, we can better cope with
the situation and minister to our neighbors,” said Wilson. Churches can connect
with a local SBDR director to learn more about how you can be prepared when a
storm, or any kind of disaster, hits close to home.
leaders want to enable churches to prepare, connect and respond within their
local context. Through the Disaster Relief network, both national and
international, Southern Baptists are able to respond with full support to
crises of all sizes. Ready Church empowers people to best connect with
their community in these times of need to spread the gospel.
more information on how you can become prepared visit http://www.baptistrelief.org.
wishing to donate to SBDR relief can contact the Baptist convention in
their state or visit https://donations.namb.net/dr-donations. For phone
donations, call 1-866-407-NAMB (6262) or mail checks to NAMB, P.O. Box 116543,
Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. Designate checks for “Disaster Relief.”
NAMB coordinates and manages Southern Baptist responses
to major disasters through partnerships with 42 state Baptist conventions, most
of which have their own state Disaster Relief ministries.
Southern Baptists have 65,000 trained
volunteers—including chaplains—and 1,550 mobile units for feeding, chainsaw,
mud-out, command, communication, child care, shower, laundry, water
purification, repair/rebuild and power generation. SBDR is one of the three
largest mobilizers of trained Disaster Relief volunteers in the United States,
along with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
Yackel writes for the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 1/27/2015 3:01:28 PM
By Joe Conway
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Send NorthAmerica Conference, still a full seven months away, is fast approaching a
capacity sell out. And now the missions gathering has gained a major partner
for the Aug. 3-4 conference to be hosted at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
North American Mission Board (NAMB)
President Kevin Ezell announced last week that the International Mission Board(IMB) is partnering with NAMB to make the Send North America Conference truly
comprehensive in missions scope. Paid registration has already surpassed 7,300.
At its core, the
Send North America Conference is a two-day gathering of the church in North
America. The heart of the gathering is to see a movement of people from within
the Church living out the mission of God in their everyday lives. The conference holds promise to be one of the
largest missions gathering in North American history. It is designed to bring
mission leaders at every level from across the continent together for
encouragement, vision and action.
“Working together on this conference means churches
and individuals will truly be able to come away with a complete vision and plan
for their church’s mission activity in North America and around the globe,”
said Ezell. “This kind of opportunity is unprecedented in Southern Baptist life
and I am very excited about the potential.”
In addition to providing a comprehensive vision and
plan, a missions
mobilization gathering is a natural partnership for IMB and
NAMB. David Platt, IMB president, shares the excitement and anticipation for what the event can
“When I first agreed to be a part of the
Send North America Tour, culminating in this event in August, I had no idea
that I would soon be serving alongside NAMB as president of IMB,” said Platt.
“I am exhilarated when I think about all the possibilities we have to mobilize
Christians and equip churches for mission in North America and the nations
together, and this conference is a reflection of that reality. I am eagerly
looking forward to NAMB and IMB together hosting thousands of people in one
place for God-glorifying, gospel-saturated worship all aimed at sending those
people out from local churches on mission all over the world.”
The conference will provide many
opportunities for networking in between breakout sessions, main sessions and
worship times. An abbreviated list of speakers includes Platt, Matt Carter, Louie
Giglio, Al Mohler and Eric Mason, among others. Worship sessions will be led by
Passion Band, Casting Crowns, David Crowder and
Shane and Shane.
Another compelling aspect of the Send North
America Conference is the focus on mobilization and next steps following the
event. Participants will have the opportunity to respond on-site to several
missions avenues from exploration to support to church planting and unreached
people group engagement.
Organizers hope churches and individuals will
be encouraged to live life on mission as a result of participating in the
conference. That may mean beginning the conversation about what life on mission
looks like, exploring where to plug in with NAMB and IMB, increasing support
for missions or becoming personally involved as a church planter or other type
The cost of the conference is $129. The
event website provides information on lodging and other important notes. To register,
visit sendconference.com. For more detailed information for planning your conference experience, contact Send Conference Group Leader Concierge Justin Woelk at 770-410-6293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Created: 1/26/2015 2:14:38 PM
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