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Illinois Baptist SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 13 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Springfield Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief (IBDR) continues its marathon response in Texas doing flood recovery work in homes drying out after Hurricane Harvey, providing shower and laundry facilities, and preparing hot meals for relief workers and displaced Texans. And a team of childcare volunteers traveled more than a thousand miles to wipe tears away when the response began in early September. No sooner had the work in Texas ramped up for IBDR when Hurricane Irma swept through Florida. Many wondered if teams would be deployed to the east. Dwayne Doyle , IBDR state director, notified volunteers, We have made the decision to focus our ongoing work in Texas as a partner with the Southern Baptist Texas Convention Disaster Relief. Many of the Southeastern state Disaster Relief units are leaving Texas to go work with Hurricane Irma victims in Florida. We will continue to focus our efforts in Texas because this is where we have identified a specific and strategic need that IBDR can meet. DOYLE IN OCTOBER Pray for your pastor It's the best form of appreciation Nate Adams P. 2 P. 4 Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Online all the time IllinoisBaptist.org IB Taking up the mantel IN FOCUS: Special section begins on P. 6 Disaster RELIEF Illinois commits to Texas aid Massive Florida storm stretches Baptist response Under scrutiny November 8-9, 2017 Tabernacle Baptist Church Decatur N b 8 IBSA Annual Meeting We've come a long way since 1517, or have we? Survey shows how ministers' wives feel about their role P. 5

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