CBF Supporting Local Response to Recent Quakes in Puerto Rico
Disaster Response

CBF Supporting Local Response to Recent Quakes in Puerto Rico

By Rick Burnette Preparing for another day of pastoral duties at Iglesia Bautista de Metrópolis in Carolina, a suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rev. Jesus Garcia felt the earth move during the early hours of January 7.  With loss of electricity throughout Puerto Rico, a strong 6.6 quake followed, causing extensive damage in an … Continue reading

Three Days on Two Islands: A CBF Bahamas Dorian Recovery Report
Disaster Response / Missions

Three Days on Two Islands: A CBF Bahamas Dorian Recovery Report

By Rick Burnette During the second week of December, I boarded the ferry in Ft. Lauderdale bound for Freeport, Grand Bahama. Upon arrival I was met by Pedyson Baillou, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church located on Sweetings Cay (pronounced key), an island just off the eastern end of Grand Bahama. Headed towards Sweetings, the effects … Continue reading

Experiencing compassion post-crisis in the Bahamas
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Disaster Response

Experiencing compassion post-crisis in the Bahamas

By Rev. Elizabeth Denham Thompson As a pastoral counselor and a congregational consultant, I have facilitated quite a few retreats, trainings, and workshops over the years, and am trained in crisis response work. So, when the email arrived from CBF at the end of September, asking if any endorsed counselors were available to be spiritual … Continue reading

CBF’s Disaster Response Efforts for the Bahamas Now Ready for Volunteers
Disaster Response

CBF’s Disaster Response Efforts for the Bahamas Now Ready for Volunteers

November 25, 2019 CBF Disaster Response, in consultation with BWA Forum for Aid and Development (BFAD) partners, continues to work closely with CBF Bahamas and Florida to organize and implement an appropriate response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian on Grand Bahama and North Abaco. The Category 5 hurricane resulted in at least 65 … Continue reading

Not just mucking out—CBF disaster relief chaplain Mary Nell McCoy ministers to those experiencing crisis and disaster 
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Disaster Response

Not just mucking out—CBF disaster relief chaplain Mary Nell McCoy ministers to those experiencing crisis and disaster 

By Ashleigh Bugg   In June of 2019, Mary Nell McCoy co-led the first Disaster Spiritual Care training as a part of the CBF General Assembly in Birmingham. The Disaster Spiritual Care program is used to train chaplains to work with teams deploying to help people during crisis and disasters. According to McCoy, the DSC chaplains minister to emotional … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2019 Part 6: Hospitality in abundance
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Disaster Response

Spiritual Care Week 2019 Part 6: Hospitality in abundance

Each year the COMISS Network promotes Spiritual Care Week. It is an occasion to recognize the different disciplines who offer spiritual care to persons. The theme for 2019 is Cultivating Space. Throughout this week you will hear from CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors as they focus on this theme. Below is Part 6. Learn more about … Continue reading