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Disaster Relief

I bragged on the response that Houstonians had made shortly after Hurricane Harvey and made an appeal for churches to consider making Houston a destination for mission work in helping us rebuild. I was driving down a local street a few weeks ago and saw a van from my hometown church. They have been very […] Read More

A series of tornados ripped through Oklahoma in 2013 causing extensive amounts of damage and leaving many without homes, cars and possessions. Stories about the tornados were all over the news and headlines so inevitably my daughters, ages 9 and 7, heard all about it. As you might suspect, there were lots of questions and […] Read More

Baptist groups are preparing to mobilize to help victims of Hurricane Irma, even as efforts to assist folks recovering from Hurricane Harvey continue. As with Hurricane Harvey recovery initiatives, much of the Baptist relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma will begin following the immediate work of first responders. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced on Sept. […] Read More

I have grown weary of the “once-in-a-thousand-year flood” description of the historical flooding Houston and surrounding areas have experienced this week. This event defied all odds and all logic; it has become the new reality for myself and other Houston residents. However, do not feel sorry for us. Though our skies are still cloudy and […] Read More

Baptist groups are working to assess needs and to formulate relief plans as Hurricane Harvey continues to pour water into an already-flooded southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Texas Baptist Men (TBM), which partners with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention, has relief and aid initiatives already underway. These include providing […] Read More

Faith groups are providing immediate aid to Louisiana flood victims while emphasizing the long-term recovery facing the region. The Red Cross said the flooding was the “worst natural disaster” since Hurricane Sandy (2012) while Gov. John Bel Edwards called it “unprecedented.” The mid-August floods killed 13 people, damaged nearly 61,000 homes and caused more than […] Read More

Baptists gave a detailed report of their response to the devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake that affected the South American country on Feb. 27, 2010, at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) held recently in Santiago, Chile. A somber mood descended on the Responding to Disaster forum during the viewing of a video […] Read More

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local front doors wearing white dress shirts and holding a Book of Mormon. But after a tornado, when Mormon missionaries arrive in work clothes carrying chainsaws to help clear fallen trees, they are a welcome sight. More than 4,000 volunteers for “Mormon […] Read More

(RNS) Wolfgang Langhans, a Tokyo-based field director for missionaries, calls the week since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan “the busiest and most stressful week of my life.” But when those twin crises created a third—the threat of dangerous radiation leaks from a damaged nuclear plant—the balancing act between living out a missionary calling and […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The last time Matt Sloan saw Sylvia Blanchard’s house after he and Episcopal volunteer crews reclaimed it from Hurricane Katrina, the Blanchards were back in and it was neat, clean and smelling new. But it was raw, too, in the way of new construction: no greenery, no shade trees, no landscaping to […] Read More