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COVID-19 memorial service celebrates lives lost in the pandemic

WICHITA, Kan. (BP) – When Debbie Evert’s “bonus Dad” Dale Rich died during the COVID-19 pandemic, she wasn’t allowed in his room. She describes the funeral “as just a small handful of folks at the mortuary,” followed by a graveside service. “If things had been normal, we would have been at Immanuel (Baptist Church) in […]

Church’s $1 annual lease helps coffee shop empower at-risk students

NASHVILLE (BP) – Roasting coffee spelled adulthood for Ruben Torres-Fuentes. At 12 years old, he struggled to learn English and thrive after his family fled the violence of drug cartels in Rio Bravo, Mexico.

Practicing Christians more generous givers, research shows

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – As donations pour in on Giving Tuesday, a global outreach that drew an estimated $2.47 billion in 2020 in the U.S. alone, American Bible Society (ABS) research shows practicing Christians are more generous than others.

Giving Tuesday offers prime chance to support SBC entities

INVERNESS, Fla. (BP) -- The Psalm 139 Project donating ultrasound machines to pregnancy centers, one of several Southern Baptist ministries participating in Giving Tuesday Nov. 30, can rescue expectant mothers as well as the unborn, a program participant said.

Tony Evans family shares tour of Holy Land in ‘Journey With Jesus’ film

DALLAS (BP) – For Tony Evans and his daughter Priscilla Shirer, each trip to the Holy Land opens new layers in the story of God.

Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

DALLAS (BP) – With food supplies falling as low as 11 percent below last year, church-based feeding programs are finding it more difficult to provide traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this holiday season.

Scripture adds depth to Taekwondo classes pastor and wife teach

MOBRIDGE, S.D. (BP) – Pastor Everett and Rebecca Hornbostel’s path to black belts in Taekwondo began when their son Nic was bullied in second grade. The parents enrolled Nic in Taekwondo to build his confidence, and soon enrolled themselves.

Human trafficking survivors find new life at Missouri Baptist home

BRIDGETON, Mo. (BP) -- The debilitating trauma the survivor suffered from being trafficked for sex is emblematic of those rescued through the Freedom 43:19 human trafficking ministry of the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH).

Georgia church reflects God’s heart through ministry to widows, foster families

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) – Christian school planters Tom and Patricia McClure had only served in Hungary nine months when an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of Tom’s van, breaking his neck and leaving him paralyzed from the shoulders down. He lived six months before dying.

41 U.S. cities ban abortion as Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn

LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) – There are 41 local governments across the United States that have adopted ordinances banning abortions and declaring themselves Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn since the grassroots movement launched in 2019, movement founder Mark Lee Dickson said.