September 11, 2008 Print Edition

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Hurricane Ike threatens Gulf states

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Keeping one eye fixed on Florida’s Panhandle where there was still a slight possiblity as of Sept. 8 Hurricane Ike could “hook” and strike during the week, Florida Baptist Convention officials are preparing to send help to regions in the United States and Haiti already affected by Hurricanes Hanna and Gustav.

Haitians desperate for rice after storms kill at least 150, destroy crops

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (FBC)—Mudslides, washed-out roads and massive flooding hampered Florida Baptists’ efforts to feed the hungry in Haiti where three tropical storms in as many weeks have killed at least 150 persons and destroyed crops and livelihoods.

Kirk Cameron hopes people see themselves in ‘Fireproof’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Actor Kirk Cameron calls divorce “the big elephant” in the room—the subject few want to address.

Maguire State Missions Offering

FORT WHITE (FBC)—Four and a half miles south of Fort White on Highway 47, just a quarter of a mile from where the road crosses the Santa Fe River, lays a piece of wooded property at the junction of Highway 138.

After Gustav, Baptists bring reassurance

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP)—Michael Desmond begins to cry when he tells the story.

Pensacaola, Santa Rosa, Tampa area Disaster Relief crews in LA

HOUMA (FBW)–It had been nearly a week since Brett Morin, 66, left the comfort of his home in Lutz for a 15-hour trek first to Baton Rogue, La., and then to Houma Sept. 8.

Florida Baptists shelter Gustav’s evacuees

PENSACOLA (FBC)—Evacuee Jamie Ferrier sits in the gym of East Brent Baptist Church with time on her hands, anxiously awaiting news, desperate for any information about the damage her hometown sustained after Hurricane Gustav tore through the Gulf Coast region on Sept. 1.

TEXTING keeps New Orleans seminary ALERT

NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Since Hurricane Gustav, good news has been arriving to cell phones of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary families through NOBTS’ new priority text messaging system.

Baptist College of Florida to host Fall preview Nov. 14

Graceville (BCF)—As more than 500 Baptist College of Florida students settle into fall semester on the Graceville campus, college administrators are making final plans for the Fall Preview Day Nov. 14, and the campus radio station crew is making changes in its programming.

Centenarian celebrates birthday singing solo at church

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—A few days before her 100th birthday, Sue Royal maintained a tradition she began more than 25 years ago—she sang a solo in church. On Sept. 7—four days before her Sept. 11 centennial birthday—she sang “The Lord’s Prayer” at Franklin Street Baptist and Arlington Baptist churches in Jacksonville.

V.P. candidate Palin welcomes son with Down syndrome

WASHINGTON (BP)—Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd, having put their pro-life beliefs into personal practice, introduced their fifth child to reporters and photographers April 21. Their son, born April 18, has Down syndrome.

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