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The Best-Kept Secret in Disaster
Relief: Southern Baptists

PJ Media, by John Ellis

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Posted By:MissMolly, 9/13/2017 4:54:16 AM

As Hurricane Irma leaves behind a trail of destruction and pain, the nation again turns its eyes to disaster relief. Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey brought out the best in many of us. Desiring to aid the victims in Texas, celebrities traded on their popularity to encourage donations and volunteers. Average citizens opened up their wallets, gave of their time, and expended energy as they rushed to help fellow citizens. Local non-profits and large multi-national corporations alike demonstrated that compassion is a universal trait of humanity. No doubt, the response to Hurricane Irma will be just as compassionate

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Wetenschapper, 9/13/2017 5:04:18 AM     (No. 11381720)

My mother lives in Rockport, and while her home suffered only minor damage, she was left without food, water electricity for a couple of weeks. The Baptists showed up donating food, ice, even provided her with an electrical generator free of charge.
Government-hired workers, meanwhile, ripped up the lawn while moving fallen trees, and piled them where they blocked Mom´s driveway despite being asked not to, telling her they were empowered by FEMA to do pretty much whatever they pleased.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: judy, 9/13/2017 5:17:04 AM     (No. 11381724)

It´s probably a lot easier to organize a church group than all the red tape the government requires. The local communities know their territory & needs better than the federal government.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/13/2017 6:13:41 AM     (No. 11381747)

Wonderful group, the SBC. And not only they, but others give aid as well. This group is also well known. http://disasterreliefeffort.org/

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 9/13/2017 7:26:02 AM     (No. 11381800)

Isn´t this group on the Southern Poverty Law Cinter´s terrorist map? Since the word ´Southern´ is in the name, it must be a white supremacist group.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: calamity kate, 9/13/2017 7:39:35 AM     (No. 11381814)

Here in Houston, the Mormons were some of the first boots on the ground getting in to help gut homes. In fact, Catholic Relief services tagged along with them as they were so organized. ANYONE was able to get on the ever-growing list of homes to gut. Work gangs spread to neighborhoods and just starting going house to house to muck and gut the drywall. Lawyers, engineers, college kids -- it´s been all hands on deck. It is truly love in action. The Baptists have been amazing - actually -- EVERYONE has been amazing. Its such a light of hope, seeing all the sweetness and goodness and love towards each other, total strangers, in the light of this catastrophe. So weird and encouraging we get to see the best version of ourselves in this tragedy.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 9/13/2017 9:06:11 AM     (No. 11381924)

Texas Baptist Men is the state arm of well trained and equipped men who are ready to go in an instant.

Though no longer a Baptist, I give monthly to the Texas Baptist Men´s disaster relief program.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tennman, 9/13/2017 9:50:50 AM     (No. 11381989)

Baptists were all over Baton Rouge and vicinity last year when we flooded. They´re mostly who we saw since we´re Baptists as well as the folks we were assisting. But we also had Mormans and Catholics assist - whoever signed up.

The NAACP also showed up but made it known they were there to only help "their" folks.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Daria, 9/13/2017 11:33:13 AM     (No. 11382120)

We flooded in 2014. 30% of the homes in our city were affected. The Baptists were just amazing. Truly an army of decent, hard working, generous, Godly people.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 9/13/2017 1:48:01 PM     (No. 11382259)

The Methodists here in NV are heading to TX to help with the cleanup, then will head to Florida. I´ve donated money through them and wish I could go along to help.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Penney, 9/13/2017 2:02:36 PM     (No. 11382287)

Through the year,the media, including the press & hollyweird, routinely marginalizes or ignores completely anything positive about Protestants, and especially Baptists. The media is quick to condemn but slow to acknowledge. Nevertheless, the truth remains the truth.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/14/2017 3:11:47 AM     (No. 11382815)

The FUMCWG didn´t have any electric yesterday and their food pantry was open to anyone who needed help. Another center did not have electricity to cook lunch for the homeless in Central FL.
If you live in any of these disaster areas, please keep a bag of non-perishables and easy open cans to help the homeless. Wipes are desperately needed for them to keep clean. A zip lock bag will keep papers dry for them.

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