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Puerto Rico DR response requiring rigorous logisticsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Sam Porter estimates that one-third of the island has yet to receive much care or help.
Porter, the North American Mission Board's national director for disaster relief, has been in Puerto Rico since Sunday, Oct. 8.
He is working there with Jack Noble, a retired disaster relief director from the SBC of Virginia, and David Melber, NAMB's president of Send Relief, to coordinate a plan to deliver help and hope to the people of Puerto Rico. Read More
Bible-based social justice aim of Cincinnati BaptistsCINCINNATI (BP) -- Civil unrest sparked by the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., opened Mark Snowden’s eyes to a dilemma. What is the responsibility of Southern Baptist pastors in seeking the social justice that Jesus would demand?
Snowden, now director of missional leadership for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association (CABA), assembled a diverse team of four Cincinnati pastors to study the question of justice from a biblical standpoint. The result is a new report focused on societal and biblical truths from the study group and a list of seven recommendations from Snowden available to pastors within the association and online. Read More
CP unites beyond finances, church planter saysPHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Though the Cooperative Program unites Southern Baptist churches in giving money for missions, it also helps believers acknowledge they need each other in the daunting task of reaching the nations for Christ, a church planter with an international background said.
"We learn to cooperate more in missions giving, sending and partnering because of the Cooperative Program's unifying spirit, realizing that we need to be together because of the enormous demands of the mission field," Peter Yanes, a North American Mission Board church planting catalyst in Philadelphia, told Baptist Press. Read More
TRUSTEES: Gateway 'trending' well, Iorg reportsDENVER (BP) -- Gateway Seminary's core enrollment is increasing and the seminary is healthier financially than it has ever been, President Jeff Iorg reported to trustees during their Oct. 9-10 meeting in Denver.
One of Gateway's five campuses is located in Denver, in addition to the Southern California main campus in Ontario and campuses in Fremont, Calif.; Phoenix; and Vancouver, Wash. Read More
Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Six church plants and a new three-year partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention were among highlights of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.
The convention, known in-state as Refresh Montana, held its Oct. 5-6 sessions at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings, where Paul Jones has been pastor for 28 years.
"Ministry in Montana is challenging on many levels," Executive Director Barrett Duke told the 203 attendees, which included 89 messengers from 52 of the state convention's 135 churches. "But you have proven that through dedication, hard work and God's leadership, great things are possible." Read More