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Tuesday
Sep042012

83,500 meals cooked by disaster relief volunteers post-Isaac

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–Southern Baptist Disaster Relief feeding operations are now in high gear in nine Louisiana and Mississippi venues, with 83,500 hot meals prepared and delivered to Hurricane Isaac victims in the two hard-hit Gulf Coast states by noon Sept. 4.

Most of the feeding is underway in the greater New Orleans area, where some 100,000 people are still without electricity in sweltering heat six days after the Category 1 storm brought torrential rains and flooding. At one point, 700,000 were without power.

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Tuesday
Sep042012

CP poised to hit budget for year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $174,983,253.81, or 2.63 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and 0.29 percent ahead of contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2011-12 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.

As of Aug. 31, the $174,983,253.81 in gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget totaled 102.63 percent of the $170,500,000 year-to-date budgeted amount to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America. The total is $507,698.92 more than the $174,475,554.89 received through the end of August 2011.

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Tuesday
Sep042012

Seminary reopens after Isaac with Ala. help

NEW ORLEANS (BP)–A team of about 25 disaster relief volunteers from Alabama were hard at work at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary over the weekend, removing debris and downed trees scattered by Hurricane Isaac.

They arrived Friday, Aug. 31, just over a day after the winds from Isaac had abated.

The team included members who had worked the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, nearly seven years to the day earlier, as well as other hurricane responses through the years and the April 2011 tornadoes that swept across Alabama.

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Tuesday
Sep042012

DR volunteers serve God, people after Isaac

COVINGTON, La. (BP)–Trained disaster relief volunteers from several states swarmed to southeast Louisiana within 48 hours of Hurricane Isaac, some reaching the area as soon as a day behind the storm as it inched its way up from the Gulf Coast.

Rolling Hills Ministries of Ruston, La., and other congregations rushed to help people in need, arriving at First Baptist Church of Covington, La., one of several initial feeding sites. Others set up at Northshore Church, Slidell; Zoar Baptist Church, Baton Rouge; Calvary Baptist Church, New Orleans; Coteau Baptist Church, Houma, and the Alario Center, Westwego.

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Friday
Aug312012

Baptist mobile kitchens in place for Isaac relief effort

ALPHARETTA, Ga.–Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) feeding units are in place and ready to distribute meals in Louisiana more than 24 hours ahead of schedule. Southern Baptists plan to be ready to distribute more than 225,000 meals per day to Louisiana and Mississippi residents impacted by Hurricane Isaac by the end of the day Saturday.

Southern Baptist volunteers from eight state conventions have been mobilized to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to help in feeding, cleanup, chaplaincy and childcare work.

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