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DULUTH, Ga. – A revived Hurricane Ian pounded coastal South Carolina on Friday, ripping apart piers and flooding streets after the ferocious storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida, trapping thousands in their homes and leaving at least 17 people dead.

RICHMOND, Va. – International Mission Board trustees have approved the appointment of 22 additional missionaries to help take the gospel to the world and approved a $282,700,000 budget for next year.

DULUTH, Ga. – Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S., destroyed a cross-section of Florida, trapping people in flooded homes, forcing patients from nursing homes and hospitals, cutting off a popular barrier island and obliterating a historic waterfront pier. Nearly 2.7 million people lost power as rain fell and waters rose. “We’re expecting heavy damage,” said Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Director Dwain Carter.

McDONOUGH, Ga. – Four people surrendered their lives to ministry at a missions conference for Georgia college students last weekend, and three others made salvation decisions. They were among about 650 co-eds who attended Baptist Collegiate Ministries’ annual Confluence conference at Eagles Landing First Baptist Church.

DULUTH, Ga. – Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief crews are preparing to deploy as Hurricane Ian approaches on a track that puts the west coast of Florida in jeopardy. “I’ve put all of our Georgia volunteers on alert status,” said Dwain Carter, director of Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief.

ROME, Ga.  – Four-time World Series Champion and eight-time National League All-Star Darryl Strawberry will be the featured speaker at Shorter University’s 2022 President’s Gala on the campus in Rome on Thursday, December 1.

APPLING, Ga. – Revival fires kindled by the Great Awakening are still burning brightly in Georgia’s oldest Southern Baptist Church. Kiokee Baptist Church, founded 250 years ago by a pastor who was converted during the religious revival that swept through colonial America, remains one of the state’s top baptizing churches. And this weekend, when Kiokee celebrates its semiquincentennial anniversary, the congregation will baptize another 15 new believers.

MADSONVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The cooperative effort of 45 churches in the Madisonville area to host a crusade preached by Georgia-based evangelist Rick Gage netted 172 professions of faith and 436 other decisions. “It was incredible,” said Kevin Maples, the senior pastor of Madisonville First Baptist who helped spearhead the effort.

ATLANTA – The work of Mission Georgia was showcased during the Atlanta Braves’ annual Faith and Family Day observed during their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

MARTINEZ, Ga. – Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief is seeing heightened interest from people wanting to join its ministry to victims of floods, tornadoes and other natural calamities. More than 100 people received training on Saturday at Abilene Baptist Church in Martinez so that they can take part in Disaster Relief deployments. “That’s significantly more than ordinary,” said Dwain Carter, who heads the Disaster Relief ministry for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.

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