September 30, 2004 Print Edition

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Hurricane Jeanne slams state, Florida Baptists mobilize units

PORT ST. LUCIE (FBW)-Florida Baptist Disaster Relief officials were already making plans to respond to Hurricane Jeanne early Sept. 26 as nearly two million Floridians were without power after the Category 3 storm blasted ashore with 120 mph winds and crashing waves—yanking trees out of the ground, tearing off rooftops and spreading miles of debris on already water-logged terrain.

Vero Beach Retirement Center evacuated to dodge Jeanne

VERO BEACH (FBW) – Attempting to dodge its second hurricane in just three weeks, Florida Baptist Retirement Center officials decided early Saturday morning, Sept. 25, they would have to evacuate its residents in anticipation of a powerful Category 3 hurricane projected to make landfall in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 26. As was the case on Sept. 3 before Hurricane Frances hit, the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church of Vero Beach sheltered the center’s residents and staff.

State Board of Missions approves hurricane relief plan

LEESBURG (FBC)—Responding to the devastation of three hurricanes that have struck Florida communities in the past six weeks, the State Board of Missions during its September 24 meeting approved the distribution of $677,000 in relief assistance, established a $500,000 hurricane relief interest free loan program, and allocated $100,000 in church staff salary assistance. The special hurricane relief assistance plan was set into motion even as the Board members learned that a fourth storm—Hurricane Jeanne—was bearing down on Florida’s Atlantic coast.

DOM broken-hearted after Ivan hits Pensacola

PENSACOLA (FBC)—Bob Greene walked along the same paths he did as a teenager last week, crossed sidewalks where he had played and looked on the church where he was called to preach as a high school senior.

Convention secures food and water for storm-ravaged Haiti

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Hurricane Jeanne’s movement across the Caribbean generated torrential rains in Haiti resulting in devastating flooding in the Gonaives region, and leaving more than 1,100 dead, 1,250 missing and 250,000 homeless.

Guest Editorial

These have been challenging and difficult days for Floridians. Many of our Baptist churches have taken hard hits from four hurricanes within six weeks and they are struggling to recover. They are demonstrating faith, courage and resilience.

Point of View

I believe time will reveal that we completed one of the finest State Board of Missions meetings in our history Friday, Sept. 24. Led well by president Gary Crawford, the Board made some critical decisions in light of the storms that have ravaged our state.

Point of View

I believe time will reveal that we completed one of the finest State Board of Missions meetings in our history Friday, Sept. 24. Led well by president Gary Crawford, the Board made some critical decisions in light of the storms that have ravaged our state.

Point of View

The analogy of the individual spinning plates on the top of sticks describes the recent events in Florida. The attempt to meet the needs and minister in the name of Jesus has pushed relief efforts to the maximum effort. Geographically, our state has been touched north, south, east, and west. The best efforts of faithful relief workers to keep the plates spinning has been an overwhelming and daunting task.

Point of View

Well, well. Former U.S. Bill President Bill Clinton, the nation’s most prominent serial adulterer and liar, has just announced he has acquired values. Don’t get too excited, though, until you hear him out.

Point of View

For the past few months, the most talked-about story in the presidential campaign has involved the Vietnam War: who served, where, and when. Almost daily, I turn down press calls for my comments, since I was the one thirty-three years ago who discovered John O'Neil. We, as a nation, are still haunted by Vietnam.

Bibliocipher

Have fun with cryptography and exercise your Bible knowledge. A King James Version verse is encoded by letter substitution. The same letter is substituted throughout the puzzle. Solve by trial and error.

Florida Baptists ‘critical component’ in response

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—As Hurricane Charley was churning in the Gulf of Mexico in August, Florida Baptist officials were invited for the first time to place a staff member at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee throughout the crisis to act as a liaison between the Florida Baptist Convention and the EOC. Little did Bill Carmichael realize this fateful decision would result in what is now a virtually non-stop presence in Tallahassee at the hub of emergency response for more than six weeks and four hurricanes.

NAMB launches fourth disaster relief response to Fla. in 6 weeks

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – About 600 Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers from 10 states were in various stages of deployment to Florida’s east coast, Sept. 27, in the wake of Hurricane Jeanne – the fourth hurricane to hit the Sunshine State in the past six weeks.

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