Initial reports indicate no major damage, deaths from Hurricane Patricia

MEXICO CITY – Early reports in the aftermath ofHurricane Patricia— one of the biggest storms to ever make landfall – were cautiously optimistic: No deaths were reported and no signs of major damage were seen along Mexico's Pacific seaboard.

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New Orleans, Mid-America offer missionary housing

Editor’s note: Two Baptist seminaries – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary – are among numerous organizations relaying housing offers to the International Mission Board for missionaries returning stateside as part of the mission board’s budget drawdown.

NOBTS opens campus housing to returning IMB personnel

By Marilyn Stewart

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – In a show of support for International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries returning home as part of the IMB’s plans to address revenue shortfalls, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) has announced that 10 campus housing units will be available to returning missionaries rent-free.


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Evangelist in Uganda killed after debate

NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) – Islamists upset by a Christian-Muslim debate are suspected in the killing of a longtime evangelist in eastern Uganda who led many Muslims to Christ, sources said. 

The body of Samson Nfunyeku was found close to his home in Kalampete village, Kibuku District early Sept. 23, after the latest in a series of organized debates with Islamic scholars at Tirinyi Trading Center ended prematurely due to flaring tempers the previous night. He was 59.

At a previous debate, among those sponsored by Nfunyeku's Church of Uganda and other churches, Muslim leaders had threatened him and warned him to hold no more debates, a source said.

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Post-Joaquin recovery: S.C. Baptists move forward

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) – First Baptist is mourning yet, like so many other churches in Columbia, S.C., and across the state, engaging in ministry as flooding continues to grip Hurricane Joaquin survivors and first responders. Richard Milroy, 82, "died in his car sometime in the last couple of days due to devastating floods," minister of discipleship Wes Church wrote to First Baptist members, The Baptist Courier, newsjournal of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, reported Oct. 6.

"How do we even begin to put into words all of the emotions we are experiencing?" Church said. "There is so much heartbreak and need in our community." Milroy was one of at least 17 drowning or auto accident fatalities from the hurricane's downpours in South and North Carolina.

Some First Baptist members have lost homes or cars, and some have lost all their belongings. College and high school students and their leaders are helping clean up their flood-damaged homes.

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Southern Baptists mobilize to help in South Carolina

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – With dams continuing to fail in South Carolina Oct. 7, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) leaders gathered by conference call to plan a multi-state long-term response to historic flooding that has overwhelmed the state.

SBDR command centers have been established at the South Carolina Baptist Convention office in Columbia and at the Charleston Baptist Association where a North American Mission Board mobile command unit is stationed.

South Carolina Baptist disaster relief director Randy Creamer has placed all of the state convention's DR volunteers on alert for potential service, knowing that many of them are flood survivors themselves. Creamer said he expects to request assistance from fellow SBDR Region II states Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

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