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While watching a news report Tuesday morning of the aftermath of Monday’s catastrophic tornado in Moore, Okla., my wife and I received a call that a relative completed a long battle with disease during the night. The images of a community and nation responding with grief and extraordinary help will merge for us with our […] Read More

The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has awarded $10,000 for flood relief in Nigeria after torrential rains killed more than 360 people, injured more than 18,000, caused widespread property damage and displaced more than two million people. The worst floods in five decades have affected many areas of the country, especially near the Niger River and […] Read More

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (RNS) Three years after a gunman opened fire and killed six people at a Kirkwood City Council meeting, the Rev. David Holyan recently found himself in Tucson, Ariz. Holyan, 46, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, has become an accidental expert in what the Presbyterian Church (USA) calls “human-caused disaster” response. More […] Read More

The BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico already surpasses the Exxon Valdez disaster that unloaded 11 million gallons of oil into the Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska in 1989. Watching the Gulf gusher spew oil makes your stomach churn. An oil slick has developed over the Gulf of Mexico more than […] Read More

I’ve left my hometown lots of times. But never like this. I cried every day for almost a year in the aftermath of a hurricane that almost wiped my hometown off the map. But I’ve never left like this, wondering if I’ll ever see it again, if my children’s children will ever know what Biloxi, […] Read More

Bridgewater Church of Madisonville, La., didn’t have to go far to find a way to engage in God’s mission. This Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) partnering congregation just went down the street. There, the congregation found Dowey-Gaston African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, whose sanctuary couldn’t seem to escape localized flooding. Beginning with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, […] Read More

(BWA) – Baptist World Alliance (BWA) General Secretary Neville Callam has offered condolences and prayerful support to the people of Italy following a devastating earthquake that hit Abruzzo, in the central region of the country on Monday, April 6.   “Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers as we think of those who have […] Read More