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Former Georgia Baptist Richardson a noted 'adventurer for Jesus'


VANCOUVER, WA (BP) — Randy Adams praised the faithful service of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, while also reflecting back on the pioneer spiritual leaders who first took the Gospel to the Northwest in the 19th century, at an awards banquet at the Northwest Baptist Convention building in Vancouver, WA.

“You guys are adventurers for Jesus,” Adams, Northwest Baptist Convention executive director, said. “Your adventures center on fires and floods and tsunamis and terrorist attacks – any part of world whether it’s a flood in Myanmar, an earthquake in China, or wherever it might be, you’ve been there.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) awards presentation preceded the SBDR Round Table Jan. 29-30 at Greater Gresham Baptist Church near Portland, OR, and followed two days of extended SBDR training.

During the banquet SBDR leaders honored four Southern Baptists who were present at the ceremony. Twenty-year SBDR veteran Jim Richardson, who retired at the end of 2014, was presented with the Robert E. Dixon Award that recognized him for a lifetime of service. Richardson retired as the director of disaster relief for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Before serving in Texas, Richardson held a similar role with the Georgia Baptist Convention.