Disaster Response: Latest Updates

When a disaster strikes, BGR is not far away with excellent disaster response. Working through our expert staff, local partners and trained volunteers, we provide food, water, shelter, medical help, and hope to those who have experienced life-devastating disaster events.

If you wish to help in any of these disasters, you can donate to the general BGR disaster relief fund below.

*To give to the Hurricane Dorian response, click here.*

Disaster Response

Disaster Update: Mindanao, Philippines Earthquakes

Between October 16 and October 31, a series of three earthquakes struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The first, which took place on October 16, had a magnitude of 6.4. Another 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck October 29, followed just two days later by a 6.5 magnitude quake on October 31. The rapid succession of […]

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Disaster Update: Typhoon Hagibis Hits Japan

Over the weekend, Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan, leaving a trail of destroyed homes and death. Please be in prayer for the Japanese people as they begin the road to recovery.

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Hurricane Dorian Update: The Power of the Local Church

Children in the Bahamas have been traumatized by what they have witnessed during Hurricane Dorian and its fallout, but local churches are trying to care for their mental health in meaningful, practical ways.

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Hurricane Dorian Update: September 20

BGR is leading Southern Baptists’ emergency response in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. Read the latest update from partners on the ground!

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Update: BGR Responding to Evacuees’ Needs

BGR emergency relief teams have now been on the ground for several days responding to Hurricane Dorian. On the main island of Grand Bahama, life is beginning to return to normal. Businesses are open and running, and some semblance of routine has been returned to the major cities. The Abaco Islands, however, have been completely destroyed. Abaco residents […]

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UPDATE: HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF EFFORTS CONTINUE

We are beginning to see improvements in the situation in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. The response teams are continuing to assess the extent of the damage sustained, as well as best practices for sustainable solutions moving forward. We have received reports from our representatives stating that the most heavily impacted areas are slowly becoming more accessible. […]

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UPDATE: Initial Assessment Reports & How You Can Help

Embed from Getty Images After many days of anticipation following Hurricane Dorian, initial meetings with the Bahama Baptist Convention were held on Saturday afternoon. BGR was designated as the lead response organization in this disaster and will work under the direction and guidance of the Bahamian Convention. On September 8, an initial assessment of the islands’ needs […]

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UPDATE: BGR Team Assessments Underway

BGR personnel are meeting with Baptist partners Saturday afternoon to assess needs in the hardest hit areas.

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Update: BGR Team in the Bahamas

BGR’s response and assessment team is arriving today in the Bahamas. There we will join our Baptist partners there and visit affected areas. Please pray for good connections and safe travel. Pray also for wisdom as we seek the neediest areas and the best ways to help. Small amounts of aid are arriving to critical […]

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Update: Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

Embed from Getty Images September 5 Update Hurricane Dorian has finally moved away from the Bahamas.  As pictures and videos of the devastation are released, it is becoming clear that the wreckage is extensive. Airports were submerged during the storm, and ports were severely damaged; some are still not fully operational, further delaying rescue teams […]

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Please continue to pray for the Bahamas!

For many people, Hurricane Dorian is a distant memory, but for the people of the Bahamas, it has become a day-to-day struggle on the long road to recovery. Recent reports indicate that the storm caused an estimated $3.4 billion in damages and left an estimated 29,500 people homeless, without jobs, or both. As of late […]

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Prayer Requests: Earthquakes in The Philippines

On October 16, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake was the first of three successive earthquakes to strike the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, leaving much damage and many displaced farmers. The second quake, measuring 6.6, hit on October 29, followed by another earthquake two days later on October 31 that measured 6.5. These three quakes […]

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Hurricane Dorian Prayer Requests: October 1, 2019

On the main islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, residents are beginning to return to what is left of their homes and neighborhoods. Most houses and standing structures have been destroyed by the impact of tidal surges or the resulting water damage, leaving many survivors without any means of earning a living. For some islanders, the weight of […]

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Hurricane Dorian Prayer Requests: September 27, 2019

Recovery efforts are now in full swing in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The storm survivors are returning to their homes, beginning the cleanup, and making plans for rebuilding. BGR partners have been on the ground this week, continuing to assess the needs and make plans for how to best help in […]

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Hurricane Dorian Prayer Requests: September 20, 2019

On the main islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, residents are beginning to return to what is left of their homes and neighborhoods. Most houses and standing structures have been destroyed by the impact of tidal surges or the resulting water damage, leaving many survivors without any means of earning a living. For some islanders, the weight of […]

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Hurricane Dorian Prayer Requests: September 14, 2019

As rescuers continue the arduous task of searching for survivors amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, the gravity of the disaster grows more evident by the hour. Over 2,500 people are still reported as missing, more than 70,000 have lost everything, and the death toll, currently at 50, is expected to climb. […]

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Hurricane Dorian Prayer Requests: September 10, 2019

In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas have been left in shambles. The death toll continues to mount, hundreds are still unaccounted for, and nearly 70,000 people have been left with nothing in the world, save the clothes on their backs. The scene is one of heartbreak, the scale of loss, unfathomable. One pastor […]

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Prayer Requests: Hurricane Dorian Updates

BGR partners have been urgently working together with local church leaders to begin evaluations of the damage from Hurricane Dorian and to start relief efforts, despite precarious conditions. Abaco and the majority of Grand Bahama are submerged underwater and high winds caused further damage to infrastructure. The current death toll stands at 43, but is […]

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Prayer Requests: Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on September 1 as a category five storm, the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record. For two days, the storm stalled over the island nation, its unforgiving winds and torrential rains wreaking havoc and leaving scene after scene of devastation in its wake.  BGR is sending a team to assess […]

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Pray for Disaster Response after a Cyclone

The people of Mozambique have been hit by not one, but two horrendous cyclones within the span of two months. The devastation has been horrific. Cyclone Idai had killed more than 600 people ahead of Cyclone Kenneth, which made landfall on April 2008, dumping heavy rains on the capital, destroying 30,000 homes, and displacing over […]

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Video: Giving Tuesday 2019:
Wrap the World in Love

On Giving Tuesday, give the gift of warmth! For just $10, you can provide a blanket to a refugee family.

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Video: Thank You from the Bahamas | Hurricane Dorian Update

As you are seeing the devastating results of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, we ask that you join us in praying for and giving to the communities affected by the storm. Watch this update for ways your church can get involved.

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Video: BGR’s Continued Response in the Bahamas | Hurricane Dorian Update

As you are seeing the devastating results of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, we ask that you join us in praying for and giving to the communities affected by the storm. Watch this update for ways your church can get involved.

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Video: God’s Faithfulness in the Storm | Hurricane Dorian Update

As you are seeing the devastating results of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, we ask that you join us in praying for and giving to the communities affected by the storm. Watch this update for ways your church can get involved.

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3 Ways You Can Help Half-sheet | Hurricane Dorian Update

Print out this half-sheet or full-sheet to share with your church, group, or friends about how you can respond to Hurricane Dorian!

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Video: Ways to Respond to Dorian’s Destruction | Hurricane Dorian Update

As you are seeing the devastating results of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, we ask that you join us in praying for and giving to the communities affected by the storm. Watch this update for ways your church can get involved.

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Photos of Mozambique Disaster Response BGR Kids

These photos will help paint a picture of BGR’s response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. They were taken by a BGR partner on the field and may be used for BGR promotional purposes only. Click the “Download” button below to download a .zip file.

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Mozambique Update for Kids BGR Kids

Click the “download” button below to download a PDF with an update and prayer requests for Mozambique.

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Gift Catalog Flyer – Disaster Relief

Check out other gift category flyer categories to share with your friends, family, and church!     If you would like to order more catalogs, visit our free materials page! ORDER NOW

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BGR Disaster Response Volunteer Information

Download this document to find out training requirements for volunteering with BGR after a disaster.

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Stone 7 months ago

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in trauma and PTSD. Who can I talk to about doing contract work for BGR in Mozambique?

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Mary Satterwhite 7 months ago

Hi! Thank you for your message. If you will send an email with this information and your contact information through our contact page, we will forward it on to the right people. At this point we are responding with people already on the ground, but are happy to forward your information on. https://gobgr.org/contact-us/

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Louana Mcclure 3 months ago

Hello, I am a licensed paramedic and registered nurse. I have been in the medical field since 1995. I am a christian. I attend Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Fl. I do have experience in emergency medicine as an Army Medic, civilian paramedic for busy 911 ambulance transport agencies; and Emergency room experience as a soldier, paramedic, and RN. I do not have a lot of funds I can donate at this time; but I do have some time. How can I help?

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Natalie Sarrett 3 months ago

Hi Louana, thanks so much for your willingness to serve! BGR follows a disaster response protocol based on assessments that will help us develop a plan and initiate volunteer requests through BGR/NAMB channels and state convention disaster response directors. You can stay connected with your state DR groups and our social media/website to hear of pending opportunities!

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