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  • SBTC messengers encouraged in wake of Harvey, tragedy

    by Staff/Southern Baptist Texan, posted Monday, November 20, 2017 (27 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Gathering Nov. 13-14 in Dallas around the Ephesians 4-inspired theme of "Belong," the messenger count for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's annual meeting was its largest since 2008.

    Officers set out to design an environment of encouragement for pastors. And it couldn't have come at a better time than in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the most deadly church shooting in American history a week prior in Sutherland Springs. Read More

  • W.Va. Baptists 'all in,' tackle opioid crisis

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (one month ago)

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    FAIRLEA, W.Va. (BP) -- During their annual meeting, West Virginia Baptists were urged to be "all in" through seeking to grow as a convention united in generosity in response to the Gospel. Messengers also pledged to battle the state's drug epidemic during the convention's 47th annual meeting.

    During the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) annual meeting -- held Nov. 2-3 at First Baptist Church of Fairlea, W.Va. -- 173 messengers and 41 guests marked a continued increase in total attendance over previous WVCSB annual meetings. Read More

  • Tragedy in TX: 26 killed in So. Bapt. church shooting

    by Mark Kelly, posted Sunday, November 05, 2017 (one month ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) --- The 14-year-old daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor was reportedly among 26 people killed when an armed man opened fire during Sunday morning (Nov. 5) worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a congregation about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.

    The pastor, Frank Pomeroy, and his wife were both out of town when the attack occurred, said Mitch Kolenovsky, a field ministry strategist with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, who contacted Read More

  • Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (one month ago)

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    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The SBTC team deployed Oct. 15-23, responding to SBDR national director Sam Porter's request to establish a communications center at the Seminario Teologico Bautista in Guaynabo, southeast of San Juan. Read More

  • Kan.-Neb. Baptists increase CP 1.5 percent

    by Eva Wilson/Baptist Digest, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (one month ago)

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    SALINA, Kan. (BP) -- The Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB) will increase by 1.5 percentage points its Cooperative Program giving to national and international missions and ministries in 2018.

    Messengers approved the increase at the KNCSB 2017 annual meeting, held Oct. 9-10 at the convention's Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kan. Of an anticipated $2,777,000 in CP receipts in 2018, KNCSB will forward 28.5 percent to national and international causes. Read More

  • Send, TX relief efforts boost DR work in Harvey's wake

    by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN Correspondent, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (2 months ago)

    File photo by Carmen K. Sisson
    VIDOR, Texas (BP) -- Traditionally trained Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are receiving an influx of new workers in the form of newly minted volunteers signing on with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention's Texas Relief program, and college students recruited from across the United States to participate in the North American Mission Board's Send Relief outreach.

    Over the weekend of Oct 7, the first college crews from Send Relief descended upon churches in the Golden Triangle where teams of college kids were assigned to work alongside seasoned SBTC disaster relief volunteers. Read More

  • Churches moving forward on massive 'Texas Rebuild'

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (2 months ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Southern Baptist churches and ministries in Texas and outside the state are planning the next phase of recovery -- getting people back into their homes and church buildings.

    And they are depending on God to move in hearts across the nation to accomplish the impossible.

    Estimates of the damage are hard to comprehend, Terry Wright, pastor of Vidor First Baptist Church, told the TEXAN. Just in Orange County, where his church is located, 80 percent of the homes went under water -- some up to the eaves. ... Read More

  • 95-year-old DR volunteer is a 'woman on mission'

    by Jane Rodgers, posted Thursday, September 21, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Steve Washburn
    PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (BP) -- When 95-year-old Mary Katie Riddle of Wimberley, Texas, spied stacks of soiled Cambro containers, she did not hesitate.

    The containers needed washing before they could be refilled with food prepared by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief mass feeding team at First Baptist Church in Pflugerville.

    Riddle, who turns 96 on Friday (Sept. 22), plunged in with both hands. Read More

  • W.Va. state convention pres. Ron McCoy dies

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (one year ago)

    WVCSB photo.
    WHEELING, W.Va. (BP) -- Ron McCoy, the second-term president of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists who urged his state's Baptists last month to be catalysts for revival, died Dec. 8 after a battle with cancer. He was 78.

    Associational missionary for the Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association in Wheeling, W.Va., since 2014, McCoy was elected WVCSB president in 2015 and again last month.

    Addressing attendees at the WVCSB annual meeting Nov. 3-4 in Triadelphia, ... Read More

  • W.Va. Baptists set goals for 2020

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Monday, November 21, 2016 (one year ago)

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    TRIDELPHIA, W.Va. (BP) -- Gathering around the theme "a new day," West Virginia Southern Baptists were introduced to three new convention strategists and presented with four-year goals for church planting and baptisms.

    Meeting Nov. 3-4 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Wheeling Triadelphia at The Highlands in Triadelphia, W.Va., 155 messengers and 48 guests marked a 120 percent increase in total attendance over last year's West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists annual meeting. Read More