First Person: Disaster Relief Helps Meet Immediate Needs

As a team of Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers worked in Center Point to clear a yard following the Jan. 25 tornado that struck the area, a 79-year-old homeowner, Jeff Schatz, spoke to his son on the phone. “There are a bunch of bumblebees in my yard,” he said, describing the yellow hats and jackets […]

Hurricane Zeta Update

Hurricane Zeta left a wide swath of damage across Alabama. While it is widespread, the most severe seems to be west of I-65. Teams are working in several counties. We have set up operations in Clarke and Mobile Associations. Many people are taking care of their own and their neighbors’ needs. In all cases, local […]

ABDR Volunteers Deploy to Louisiana After Hurricane Laura

When Robert and Elsie Whittle heard Hurricane Laura was headed right for them, they couldn’t believe it. A tree had already fallen on the back of their home earlier this summer when high winds and tornadoes had torn through their hometown of Leesville, Louisiana. They’d lost their kitchen, and since they didn’t have homeowner’s insurance, […]

Alabama Coast Cleaning Up After Sally

Romar Beach Baptist Church in Orange Beach and Camp Baldwin in Elberta each sustained significant damage as Hurricane Sally made landfall at Gulf Shores in the predawn hours of Sept. 16. Romar Beach Baptist Church suffered extensive damage, inside and out, according to pastor Chris Fowler in a Sept. 17 Facebook post. Windows built to […]

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief Teams, Equipment Deployed to Louisiana Following Hurricane

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are headed to Leesville, Louisiana, to assist in cleanup efforts following Hurricane Laura. Two ABDR chainsaw teams will work alongside South Carolina Disaster Relief to help in the Leesville area, according to Mark Wakefield, disaster relief strategist for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. Leesville is located in south-central […]

Churches Damaged in Easter Storms

Lawler Baptist Church, near Dora, and Shoal Creek Baptist Church, Priceville, are two churches with reported damage from today’s Easter storms moving through the state. Lawler Baptist’s building “took a beating” by the storm pounding Walker County, according to Birmingham’s ABC 33/40. Shoal Creek Baptist was struck by lightning mid-day and suffered steeple and roof damage, according […]