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The scope of human suffering in Pakistan is staggering — and only expected to worsen, Southern Baptist relief workers reported from that flood-ravaged country in late August.

More than seventeen million people had been driven from their homes, and the Southern Baptist relief workers in the area pray that Southern Baptists will continue to respond and give generously.

By the end of August, about six hundred families in Pakistan's Sindh province were receiving desperately needed food supplies, thanks to the generosity of Christians who have donated to the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund.

Bags of staple foods have been assembled by teams of disaster relief volunteers trained by Baptist Global Response (BGR), an international relief and development organization. The bags were funded by $12,500 specifically designated from the World Hunger Fund, said Francis Horton, who with his ...

Southern Baptists must be gripped anew by the lostness of the world, repent of their self-centeredness, and focus their local churches on taking the Gospel to those who have yet to hear, the chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force said February 22.

Toward that end, Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Arkansas, presented a "progress report" to the SBC's Executive Committee on the task force's work that included six "components" of a vision they believe Southern Baptists will rally around and experience renewed passion for the Great Commission — making disciples of all the world's people groups.

To open his ninety-minute presentation, Floyd drew on Joel 2:12-17 to deliver a challenge about the need for urgent, wholehearted repentance if Southern Baptists are to participate in the evangelistic ...

Southern Baptists must be gripped anew by the lostness of the world, repent of their self-centeredness, and focus their local churches on taking the Gospel to those who have yet to hear, the chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force said February 22.

Toward that end, Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church in Springdale, Arkansas, presented a "progress report" to the SBC's Executive Committee on the task force's work that included six "components" of a vision they believe Southern Baptists will rally around and experience renewed passion for the Great Commission — making disciples of all the world's people groups.

To open his ninety-minute presentation, Floyd drew on Joel 2:12-17 to deliver a challenge about the need for urgent, wholehearted repentance if Southern Baptists are to participate in the evangelistic ...

Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on the ground in Chile, partnering with Chilean Baptists to address critical needs in two areas hit hard by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country February 27.

A six-member team from the South Carolina Baptist Convention landed in Santiago early in March and a second team arrived a few days later. Two teams from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention also arrived in mid March.

The teams, which specialize in mass feeding operations, planned to set up kitchens capable of producing as many as one thousand meals daily.

The South Carolina team began by purchasing equipment for two kitchens, using money provided by Southern Baptist hunger and relief funds, said Charles Clark, an International Mission Board missionary who serves as strategy leader for the part of South America that includes Chile.

The South Carolina and Tex...

Starvation continues to stalk millions of Maasai people in Kenya's Rift valley, and Southern Baptists are launching a new round of hunger relief to help the neediest survive.

Almost a third of the people in Kenya's Kajiado and Narok districts are in dire need of food, and the new round of relief efforts will stave off disaster for about 180,000 people, according to the Southern Baptist missionary coordinating the project.

"These areas of Kenya have not had rain since 2007. There simply is no grass. No grass means no food for the animals. Since Maasai depend almost entirely on their animals, some people began to die — mostly older Maasai," project director Bob Calvert said. "Their animals were emaciated and could not be sold to purchase food, so things went from bad to worse. They could not eat because their animals were either dead or dying."

The new food distribution project is the seventh this year and will cost $472,100, bring...

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Churches and believers under economic pressure need to focus on what the Bible says about money management, Las Vegas pastor Hoyt Savage told messengers June 23 during the opening session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

During the 2008 annual meeting in Indianapolis, Savage had testified about the difference the It's A New Day financial freedom initiative has made at his church, Foothills Baptist. This year, he said, he was bringing "the rest of the story."

Last year, Las Vegas was leading the nation in home foreclosures and average weekly giving at Foothills Baptist had dropped by about 9 percent, Savage reported in 2008. This year, the city is experiencing 11 percent unemployment and 70 percent of the Las Vegas' homes are in n...

Southern Baptists are continuing to provide desperately needed relief to families suffering in Zimbabwe's unprecedented economic disaster.

"The current unemployment rate is reported to be 94 percent and the annual inflation rate was estimated this past October at 2 trillion percent," said Mark Hatfield, who with his wife Susan directs work in Sub-Saharan Africa for Baptist Global Response, an international relief and development organization. "One expert put the rate in December at 516 quintillion percent — the highest ever recorded."

The country's new national unity government emerged from a weekend retreat April 6 with a visionary 100-day plan to bring Zimbabwe out of its downward spiral. The agenda focuses on five "clusters" — the economy, security, infrastructure, social services, and interests and rights.

The challenge they face, however, staggers the imagination, Hatfield said. The only goods available...

A dozen widows and abandoned women in India's West Bengal state are now better able to care for their families, thanks to a Southern Baptist development project that drew on $22,000 from the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund.

The project focused on women in two villages who were living in desperate poverty, some with small children who were suffering from malnutrition. Because they were members of a minority religious group, many of their neighbors looked down on them and would not help.

A Southern Baptist field partner who had seen the plight of these families believed their lives could be dramatically improved if the women were given a dairy cow and shown how to care for it. Not only would the assistance demonstrate Christ's compassion for all people, but it also could be done for as little as $80 per family.

"The gift of a cow to a desperately poor family is an appropriate expression of Christian charity and a tangible demonstratio...

Southern Baptist Compassion

Southern Baptists have brought badly needed relief to an isolated region of Zimbabwe, where a national political impasse — compounded by hyperinflation, a cholera epidemic, and a burgeoning food crisis — have brought the country near the point of collapse.

Zimbabwe's government declared a national emergency December 4 because of the cholera epidemic, which has spread across the entire country, claiming at least 565 lives, according to news reports. The inflation rate has been estimated at 231 million percent, and United Nations food analysts believe the hunger crisis will grow worse in the spring because many families have eaten seeds needed for planting.

People in Zimbabwe are growing more desperate by the day, said Susan Hatfield, who with her husband, Mark, directs work in Sub-Saharan Africa for Baptist Global Response, an international relief and development organization.

"Grocery store shelves are almost completely empty, except for the U...

Southern Baptist Compassion
About 2,100 Christian families driven from their homes in India's Orissa state are receiving badly needed relief supplies from Southern Baptists' world hunger and general relief funds. Tens of thousands of Christians have been forced from their homes since a Hindu swami and four of his followers were murdered in late August, 2008. Though Maoist insurgents took credit for the killing, Hindu extremists blamed Christians and mounted mob attacks on churches, as well as homes and villages populated by Christians. Dozens of people have been killed, hundreds injured, and thousands of homes, churches, and businesses have been burned.