The latest news from many resources for American Baptist Churches.

News from Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria Disaster


Reverend Roberto Dieppa-Diaz, Interim Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches Puerto Rico wishes to convey their appreciation for all of the prayers and expressions of support they have received since Hurricane Maria devastated their island.

As of September 25, 2017, they are holding a meeting to continue the damage assessment process they have undertaken, and have asked that visits by volunteers to the island be delayed at this point until that assessment is complete and conditions on the ground are in better shape.

Specifically, the government needs to make the island safer for visitors by clearing roads, restoring electricity, opening ports and ensuring the supply of gasoline. When the Convention’s damage assessment collection is complete, we will receive their report on how to come alongside them in rebuilding the churches, homes and lives of our brothers and sisters, as well as their communities.

At this time, it is vital that our churches across the country prepare for this unprecedented relief effort by making donations to One Great Hour of Sharing.

Rev. Robert Hughes Passes


Rev Robert D. Hughes was an amazing man who invested his love, guidance and encouragement in lots of people. He was the first Dean of the Leadership Academy. His wife Kathleen was a former region president. Please pray for Kathleen and the Hughes family as they grieve his passing.

Robert D. Hughes was born in Bucyrus, Ohio to Hugh T. and Reba (Craner) Hughes.  He graduated from Bucyrus High School in 1945, Denison University in 1950, and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1954. He preached his first sermon at the age of 14, in his grandfather’s church.  After seminary he pastored churches in Marietta, Painesville, Loudonville, Attica, and Cuyahoga Falls.  

Read more: Rev. Robert Hughes Passes

American Baptist Men National Call for Disaster Relief Help


ATTENTION: 
Jack Cobb is the American Baptist Men (ABMen) USA Diaster Relief Coordinator. He has issued a National Call to Lake Charles, Louisiana for all ABMen to respond to the historic devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Logistical arrangements necessary for volunteers to respond have been finalized. ABMen will be on site the weeks of September 24, October 1, October 8, October 29, November 5, November 12, December 31, 2017 and January 6 to 20, 2018  to help coordinate work.

It is assumed that after assessing the degree of need that additional teams will be required.  In the event the work in Lake Charles is completed, work will move to another location. If you or someone you know is able to help, please contact Jack Cobb with the number of men and women on your team and what days the team will work. Individual volunteers are also needed. 

There are showers on the premises.  Food & cooking has been arranged.  The group will staying at the Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church (Hope Complex) 1401 Moeling Street Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601.

Contact: Jack Cobb, American Baptist Men-USA Disaster Relief Coordinator; (304) 757-8081 & (304) 206-8462.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds


American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer invites all congregations to donate generously to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) in response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Donations may be sent to the ABC Ohio Regional Office (136 Galway Drive North Granville OH 43023-9577). Please make payments to "OGHS ~ Hurricane Harvey."

“American Baptists across the country are a generous people, and our hearts are grieved by the human suffering we have seen since the storm made landfall,” Spitzer says. “I ask that every church dedicate time this week to pray for the safety and well-being of all affected by the storm, and to express our love for them by giving sacrificially to One Great Hour of Sharing.” 

Hygiene Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets are already available to local organizations responding to the storm. Hurricane Harvey appeal funds will help cover the costs of processing and shipping these supplies and additional recovery supplies as assessments are completed and more information beccomes available.

Again, you may send your donations to the ABC Ohio Regional Office (136 Galway Drive North Granville OH 43023-9577). Please make payments to "OGHS ~ Hurricane Harvey."