Tuscaloosa disaster relief ministry continues to fulfill needs after 2011 tornadoes

April 27, 2011, was a turning point for many Alabamians. The storms that rolled through the state that day left behind death and destruction and lives were changed forever. The day after the storms marked a turning point for Terri Hibbard. That’s when Donald Payne, her pastor at Forest Lake Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, asked her […]

Alabama couple shares Christ’s love to flood victims in Serbia

Alabama Baptists David and Joanne Hendon may not hold out long doing physical labor, but they know there is still a place for them on the missions field. “God will find something for you to do,” Joanne Hendon said during their recent week spent helping with cleanup efforts in Serbia. “Everybody needs to do missions […]

Volunteers help rebuild Saraland’s Celeste Road Baptist

An army of volunteers raises a wall on Saraland’s Celeste Road Baptist Church’s new building. More than 200 volunteers from several states, organized through the Office of Global Missions at the State Board of Missions (SBOM), arrived in Saraland on June 15 and worked the following week to frame and dry-in the church. The Mobile […]

Three Rivers Church ministers in South Alabama after severe flooding

Following what meteorologists termed a 100-year rain in South Alabama in May, the members of Three Rivers Church, Seminole, realized the cloudburst had brought with it an opportunity to minister to the people of their community. “A number of people were either flooded out of their homes or sustained water damage to their houses,” said […]

First Hispanic Baptist Church suffers steeple damage from storms

Strong thunderstorms the evening of June 9 left the steeple barely dangling from the roof of First Hispanic Baptist Church, the mission church of First Baptist Church, Athens. First Hispanic Baptist Church, led by Pastor Raul Tovar, has been meeting in its building on North Madison Street in Athens for about 12 years, said Keith […]

Alabama Baptist DR teams serve across state

Soaked with water and debris, a mattress from a home in Summerdale was removed by members of a disaster relief team from Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Dothan, on May 8, as they worked in Baldwin Baptist Association. Some areas are still recovering from nearly 15 inches of rain that fell April 29. Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief […]

Baldwin County hit with flooding

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have responded to another need — flooding in Baldwin County. On April 29, torrential rains brought historic flooding to coastal areas of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Between 6 and 10 p.m., more than 26 inches of rain fell in some places, leaving homes flooded with as much as 6 […]

Alabama Baptist disaster relief volunteers deploy after April 28 tornadoes

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have responded forcefully after about 20 tornadoes and strong straight-line winds inflicted damage in 31 of Alabama’s 67 counties April 28. The latest death toll is nine. At press time the total number of injuries had not yet been calculated. The tornadoes ripped through the state of Alabama, three years […]

Students commissioned for summer missions also offered first-ever DR training

In April 2011 when a tornado outbreak blew through Alabama leaving huge destruction in its wake, people statewide — including college students — were anxious to offer help in any way they could. Matthew Dunson, currently a sophomore mechanical engineering major at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), recalls wanting to assist as best […]

Church responds after Washington State mudslide

Oso Community Chapel is the only church on a 30-mile stretch of State Route 530, the roadway sliced in half March 22 by a massive landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed at least 25 people and destroyed some 50 homes. None of Oso Chapel’s 80 members were injured and none lost their homes, said pastor […]