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Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers tarp a roof at FBC Cottonwood after a tornado damaged the building

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief teams help after FBC Cottonwood hit by Jan. 9 tornado

As Jimmy Bolin walked up to his church to survey the tornado damage Jan. 9, he said one thing stood out, and it wasn’t that the damage was “bad, really bad.” “On our sign for New Year’s, I’d put, ‘Praise the Lord in 2024,’” said Bolin, who serves as pastor of First Baptist Church Cottonwood. “That just stuck in my heart as I walked up to the church — what a test this is to

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Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer prays with resident affected by tornado damage

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers serve in TN following destructive storms

Following a tornado that ripped through her Madison, Tennessee,  neighborhood and dropped a huge tree in her driveway — just missing her house — Brandie Lee didn’t know where to start with the cleanup. During the storm, she received a text from a neighbor saying, “Um, our shed is in your tree.” “This is like crazy,” Lee said. “That was when it was really hitting me, ‘This is a real tornado.’’’ The young homeowner admitted

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Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers serving in Florida after Hurricane Idalia

Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers continue to help in Idalia’s wake

About a week and a half after Hurricane Idalia hit the Florida Gulf Coast, Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief work is still ongoing in Florida and Georgia. Mark Wakefield, state disaster relief strategist, said volunteers are just days away from wrapping up their work cleaning out flooded homes and serving meals to the community in Florida while a team from Calhoun Baptist Association is headed to Valdosta, Georgia, to help with clearing fallen trees. More than 80 ABDR volunteers

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Disaster Relief chaplains offer hope with help from the Myers-Mallory Offering

When Bob Cooper sat down beside Mr. D, the man gave him one directive — he wasn’t allowed to talk about religion or politics. “When Hurricane Ian came through Arcadia, Florida, he and his wife only had minor damage, but she called and asked for a chaplain to come because her husband had liver cancer and knew he was dying,” said Cooper, an Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief chaplain. Mr. D was an atheist and “defiant

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