A U.S. Coast Guard officer looks for survivors in the path of Hurricane Katrina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
A U.S. Coast Guard officer looks for survivors in the path of Hurricane Katrina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

10 years later, one Baptist group reflects on Katrina and its aftermath

One of the worse disasters in U.S. history left 1,800 dead and more than $100 billion in damage.

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Youth focus on a repair project on a house in Tazewell County, Va. (Bluefield College photo)
Youth focus on a repair project on a house in Tazewell County, Va. (Bluefield College photo)

Project impacts low-income families in southwest Virginia

Home repair and spiritual growth combined to give youth new insights this summer, say project organizers.

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Harold Patterson, vice president for the Texas Baptist Men water ministry, teaches missionaries from Venezuela how to drill a well. (Photo by Paul Lozuk)
Harold Patterson, vice president for the Texas Baptist Men water ministry, teaches missionaries from Venezuela how to drill a well. (Photo by Paul Lozuk)

Missionaries from Venezuela learn skills aimed at self-sustaining church planting

The goal is to live off the land with minimal support from other sources.

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Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)
Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)

Pinewood derby races connect children, faith in Slovakia

A team from CBF Heartland took enough cars for each child in a Roma settlement to participate in pinewood derby races.

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Pastor criticizes seminary president’s endorsement of secularist group

A conservative Southern Baptist pastor in Texas says agency heads today routinely get away with things that during the conservative resurgence would have gotten their moderate predecessors fired.

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Baptist leader celebrates Ebola-free Liberia

“I thank my God!” Liberian Baptist president Olu Menjay said after attending a World Health Organization ceremony declaring the country is Ebola-free.

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Alliance celebrates 25 years of partnership missions

Cuban Baptist leaders believe normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba results in part from seeds planted a quarter century ago building church-to-church relationships between Baptists in the two countries.

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A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)
A volunteer prepares to serve meals to the needy in 2014. Experts say volunteering provides blessings to all involved — including the volunteer. (Creative Commons photo by St. Joseph’s University)

Volunteering, missions best when not serving as Christian vacations, ministers say

Some Baptist leaders are concerned that Christians and churches no longer collaborate on missions and other volunteer projects as they did in the past.

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Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)
Emily Nichols and Riya Thenayan examine a patient outside the clinic. (Photos courtesy of Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing)

Baptist nursing students learn ropes on Ethiopia medical mission

A group from Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing ventured to Africa to hone skills they will need as medical missionaries.

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Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)
Four in 10 of all Christians will live in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, a Pew survey predicts. (Photo: The Image Kid)

Baptist missions must continue to adapt to continuing shifts in world religions, Baylor prof says

The rise of Islam, the decline of Christianity in the West and its explosion in Africa means Baptists and others must be ever more sensitive to cultural and demographic realities in areas where they engage in mission, says a professor.

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