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'One Less Orphan': Church acts on biblical command
In its "One Less Orphan" ministry, First Baptist Church in Arnold, Mo., aids parents in the process of adoption and those engaging in foster care. Read More
Adopting & fostering podcast shares joys & challengesALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber shared many joys, frustrations, challenges and triumphs over the last 15 years as their families have journeyed through the process of adopting children. Now, they are sharing that experience and knowledge with others.
Hosting the North American Mission Board's "Adopting and Fostering Home" podcast, the two friends seek to encourage and equip God's people and the church to battle for the hearts and lives of children at risk."We believe that if the church is going to champion the cause of foster care and adoption, the church has to be prepared for what that means on a daily basis," Melber noted.
Melber and Ezell would know. They have watched their daughters and sons process and make sense of birth stories and unanswered questions.
"As they work through their beginnings and the implications of their stories, there have been times when I have really understood Romans 12:15," Melber said. ... Read More
Children's home trustee becomes adoptive parent
When Chris Ferkel, as a children's home trustee, volunteered for a summer camp, it sparked an openness to foster parenting and, now, the adoption of an 8-year-old girl. Read More
Baptist health care systems set mergerJACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi Baptist Health Systems (MBHS) in Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care (BMHC) in Memphis announced on May 1 the completion of a merger between the two regional health care giants, making the new operation one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States.
"Everyone in the communities we serve will benefit from our alignment with an organization that shares our commitment to both Christian values and quality health care," said Chris Anderson, MBHS president and chief operating officer. Read More
Gay marriage suit reinstated against Ky. county clerkCINCINNATI (BP) -- A Cincinnati appeals court has reinstated a homosexual couple's lawsuit seeking damages from county clerk Kim Davis who refused to issue the couple a marriage license because of her religion.
Davis spent five days in jail when she refused repeatedly to issue a marriage license to David Ermold and David Moore, days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation in June 2015. Read More
6 tornadoes in 3 counties: SBTC rallies DR response
With six tornadoes striking three counties east of Dallas, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief volunteers deploy quickly with command center, meals and laundry and shower unit. Read More
Yeats, at 20 years in SBC post, to be re-nominatedPHOENIX (BP) -- John L. Yeats, first elected as the Southern Baptist Convention’s recording secretary in 1997, will be re-nominated for the post during the SBC’s June 13-14 annual meeting in Phoenix.
Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, was serving as editor of the Indiana Baptist convention newsjournal when first elected as SBC recording secretary 20 years ago during the 1997 annual meeting in Dallas. Read More
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER, MAY 4: America's 'greatest need'
Tomorrow's National Day of Prayer, Ronnie Floyd writes, can be a time of personal prayer as well as an opportunity to join with fellow believers in prayer for spiritual awakening in America. Read More