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Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcomeSUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Pastor Frank Pomeroy's first message to the surviving members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was that they must overcome darkness with the light of Christ.
Seven days after a gunman killed 26 worship attendees, Pomeroy -- who was out of town during the Nov. 5 attack -- delivered his message at a tent worship service blocks away from the church property. More than 500 people attended the Nov. 12 service, according to media estimates. That same day, the church building was opened as a memorial to the slain. Read More
'Help & hope': DR's Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As far as disasters are concerned, 2017 will forever be known as "unprecedented."
The nation has been impacted by hurricanes of historic proportions, regionally pervasive wildfires and localized storms that struck numerous communities. Nations in the Caribbean also have been pummeled. The losses of life and property are more than statistics -- they represent people who desperately need hope and healing. Read More
Chaplain orientation equips, encouragesATLANTA (BP) -- During a panel discussion at the North American Mission Board's inaugural New Chaplain Orientation, four veteran chaplains described some of the criticism they received from other believers when they answered the call to chaplaincy. These chaplains recalled being told that they were leaving "real ministry."
Steven Turner, however, told them that, as chaplains, they would often find themselves at the crossroads "where death meets life." He reminded them that, in those moments, "Jesus makes the difference." Turner, who serves as the director of chaplaincy services at the Georgia Department of Corrections, encouraged and challenged attendees, many of whom were just starting out their ministry roles. Read More
Students' GenSend experience energizes church's givingALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In the summer of 2016, college students from Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La., traveled to Chicago and Calgary to learn to live on mission. That experience not only changed the lives of the students, it also impacted the church.
Temple Baptist consistently encourages its students to live on mission and to passionately pursue the Lord's will for their lives. And because of that, many of the church's students participate in the North American Mission Board's GenSend initiative -- a collegiate opportunity where students learn how to lead missional ... Read More
Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time highALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- On Thursday (Oct. 19), Kevin Ezell announced to the North American Mission Board staff that the 2017 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering totaled an all-time high: $59,648,377. The offering for North American missions beat the previous 2007 high by $185,096.
"We are grateful for every dime we get from Southern Baptists," said Ezell, NAMB president. "We are thankful for churches, pastors and denominational leaders who encourage their people to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering." Read More
Send Relief 'pastor packs,' SBDR help Puerto RicoSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- When people started showing up seeking food and water after Hurricane Maria, pastor Johnny Baez knew he couldn't just sit back and do nothing.
"People around my church started asking me for water to drink and food to eat," said Baez, who serves at Iglesia Bautista Familia Santurce (Baptist Church of the Family Santurce) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "So, I asked pastor friends for a [water] filter, and they let me use one. I asked another pastor for a gas stove and another pastor for a gas tank. Now we are cooking Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday." Read More
More volunteer doors opening in Puerto RicoPUERTO RICO (BP) -- This weekend, nearly 70 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers will begin arriving in Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts on the island.
Sam Porter, the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) national director for disaster relief, will reach Puerto Rico on Sunday, Oct. 8 to further develop plans for serving those affected by Hurricane Maria.
Teams from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will be joined by individuals and smaller groups from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Vermont. Conditions for the volunteers will be rough, and they will be prepared to serve whatever needs await them. Read More
TRUSTEES: Montreal's need, progress highlight NAMB meetingMONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (BP) -- North American Mission Board trustees gathered Oct. 2-4 in Montreal to hear reports of the progress new church plants are making there and to witness the reality of the deep lostness that is believed to make this Canadian city the least-reached part of North America.
"It is a bit hostile to the Gospel," Gerry Taillion, executive director of the Canadian National Baptist Convention, told NAMB trustees. "But slowly and surely, we will win them."
Taillon credited his convention's partnership with Southern Baptists as a key element to the growth Montreal and all of Canada has recently seen in Kingdom work. Read More
Green light given for Puerto Rico as FL, TX relief persistsALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's Send Relief ministry has been asked to manage the disaster response on behalf of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico.
"We have officially requested Send Relief to coordinate the disaster relief response in Puerto Rico," said Jorge Alvarez, who leads the Puerto Rican convention. "The needs here are unprecedented, and we need our entire Southern Baptist family to help Puerto Rico during this tragic time." Read More
State DR, non-Baptist donors crucial, Ezell saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- State Baptist conventions and donors from across the nation have been pivotal to Southern Baptists' Send Relief efforts for survivors of catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
Kevin Ezell, speaking to the SBC Executive Committee on Sept. 18, voiced gratitude to state Southern Baptist Disaster Relief partners and to donors beyond the Southern Baptist family who have provided the majority of Send Relief donations to aid in recovery efforts in Florida and Texas. Read More