Disaster Relief on site following deadly Memorial Day weekend

Disaster Relief personnel from several states are responding to weekend storms and tornadoes that left at least 22 dead. Eight fatalities were reported in Arkansas, primarily in areas around Rogers and Bentonville, state Disaster Relief director Randy Garrett told Baptist Press. Two command centers have been set up. One at Elmdale Baptist Church in Springdale […]

Oklahoma Baptists bringing hope, help after deadly tornadoes

Southern Baptist volunteers with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief have been called into action in the immediate aftermath of the deadly tornado outbreak in Oklahoma on April 27. From preparing meals to chainsaw/debris clean-up to chaplaincy ministry, teams are working in hard hit areas of the state. Jason Yarbrough, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief state director, noted, […]

Meet Quigley: Four-legged Baptist DR Volunteer

Four-legged, fluffy, bright-eyed, and sporting a yellow Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief (ABDR) harness, Quigley could be found at Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village, Ark., over the weekend comforting volunteers and survivors. The Aussiedoodle is the first therapy dog in ABDR history. He and his owner, Deb Norris, who has volunteered with ABDR for […]

30 years later, Andrew recalled as Disaster Relief turning point

Mickey Caison and his team of South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were exhausted when they pulled into First Baptist Church of Homestead, Fla., on the evening of Aug. 25, 1992, just one day after Hurricane Andrew barreled into South Florida with winds of around 141 miles per hour. The team had arrived in the […]

Seneca doctor experiences ‘providential appointment’ in Eastern Kentucky

A miscommunication led to what an assessor and a chaplain for a South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief crew serving in Eastern Kentucky are calling a “providential appointment.” Kerry Sartain and Chaplain Chip Wood, both of Seneca, were part of a Beaverdam Baptist Association unit that did “mud-out” and clean-up work in McDowell, Ky., and the […]

S.C. Baptist volunteers respond to Eastern Kentucky floods

South Carolina Baptists are among dozens of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from across the Southeast, along with Send Relief (the compassion ministry of Southern Baptists), who are providing resources for meals and flood relief supplies to help with recovery following the historic flooding that deluged Eastern Kentucky in late July. “The destruction is absolutely […]

Ida relief cooperation among states ‘a partnership in the gospel’

With more than 423,000 Louisianians still in the dark for days after Hurricane Ida’s landfall, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams were working hard to repair homes, serve food and share Christ’s love in the region. Through Sept. 15, 22 sites were hosting teams from 20 states. They had prepared 533,966 meals, served 18,698 meals, assessed […]

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief left legacy at Ground Zero

Twenty years after spending weeks in what could only be called a war zone, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are reflecting on their experience working in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and how it affected their lives. Sam Porter is the national director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for Send Relief with the North American […]