CBF Partnering for Resilience in Immokalee, Florida
Disaster Response / General CBF

CBF Partnering for Resilience in Immokalee, Florida

By Rick Burnette On September 10, 2017, Category 2 Hurricane Irma inflicted considerable damage on Immokalee, Florida, an unincorporated farm town in southwest Florida where most of American’s wintertime tomatoes are grown. With a local poverty rate of almost 40 percent, farmworker residents labor long hours in the fields just to make minimum wage. Pay … Continue reading

N.C. minister Dr. Daynette Snead Perez named as CBF Disaster Response leader
Disaster Response / Newsroom

N.C. minister Dr. Daynette Snead Perez named as CBF Disaster Response leader

May 3, 2021 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — An innovative pastor, intercultural ministry entrepreneur and experienced disaster recovery specialist from North Carolina has been selected to provide leadership to the long-term domestic disaster relief and recovery work of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Rev. Dr. Daynette Snead will serve as the manager of CBF Disaster … Continue reading

CBF Disaster Response in the Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian: The Rest of the Story
Disaster Response

CBF Disaster Response in the Bahamas Following Hurricane Dorian: The Rest of the Story

By Rick Burnette Hurricane Dorian moved into the northwestern Bahamas on September 1, 2019, and slowly churned across North Abaco and Grand Bahama for the next two days. By the time Dorian moved north, high winds and storm surge from the Category 5 storm left behind widespread property damage and scores of deaths with most … Continue reading

CBF encourages gifts to support relief efforts in aftermath of tornadoes
Disaster Response / Newsroom

CBF encourages gifts to support relief efforts in aftermath of tornadoes

March 26, 2021 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga. — The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is encouraging donations to support future relief efforts following the recent tornadoes that impacted communities across multiple states. CBF Global Missions Coordinator Steven Porter emphasized that Cooperative Baptists have a critical role in this moment. “As communities navigate the aftermath of a … Continue reading

The People of Lake Charles are Ready and Waiting
Disaster Response

The People of Lake Charles are Ready and Waiting

By Rick Burnette Kenny Phillips’ fourth trip to hurricane-battered Lake Charles was in early March.   Phillips, who serves as CBF Florida’s Disaster Response Coordinator, visited Lake Charles for the first time soon after Hurricane Laura struck the coast of southwest Louisiana on August 27, 2020.   Transferring a CBF Florida equipment trailer and helping … Continue reading

Following Hurricane Delta, CBF Disaster Response is doubling down on efforts in Lake Charles
COVID-19 / Disaster Response

Following Hurricane Delta, CBF Disaster Response is doubling down on efforts in Lake Charles

By Rick Burnette Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall along the southwest Louisiana coast on August 27, 2020, impacting numerous communities, including Lake Charles, La. High winds devastated the city and surrounding areas. Almost six weeks later, on October 9, Hurricane Delta struck the same region as a Category 2 storm, undoing recent … Continue reading

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

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