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At age 86, Pete knew someone would lead him to GodCONCORD, N.C. (BP) -- In the spring of 2016, I learned that Harvey "Pete" Overcash was in a nursing home for rehabilitation due to an accident with a garden tiller. He did not attend our church, but his wife Norma was a faithful member for more than 40 years and had recently become homebound with declining health.
Norma was a children's Sunday School teacher while Pete showed no desire to attend church with her, but she faithfully prayed for him. Read More
Labrador retrievers put their paws on the GospelDENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BP) -- Johnny Morgan's life has really gone to the dogs, and he couldn't be happier.
"I'm getting to use a passion of mine for God. It's a blessing to use my Labrador retrievers to teach about obedience and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a unique way," Morgan, founder of the ministry Obedience 2 Death, said.
The nonprofit organization, based in Denham Springs, La., uses dogs as visual illustrations and blends timeless biblical truths with humor to show the power of obedience in a believer's life. Morgan named his ministry after Philippians 2:8: "Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Lord, make me uncomfortable
Lee Clamp wasn't in the mood to talk to Barry. But God made him uncomfortable for trying to avoid a conversation about faith. Turns out they had a good conversation. Read More
World Cup stirs witness despite crackdownST. PETERSBURG, Russia (BP) -- Russia's 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional Gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques -- like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts -- evangelicals still have managed to harness the world's largest sporting event for Gospel witness.
"I don't know anything about soccer," said Justin Pierce, assistant professor in instrumental music at Oklahoma Baptist University. But "God ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Lessons from a cave rescue
Similar to the life-and-death crisis of the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave, Lonnie Wilkey sees a parallel to Christians in sharing their faith with the world's unreached millions. Read More
Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelismALBUQUERQUE (BP) -- Twenty-four Hispanic Baptist churches embraced the 2018 Simultaneous Revivals campaign organized by Baptist Convention of New Mexico Hispanic ministry strategist Ricardo Rivera.
A key goal this year, Rivera told the Baptist New Mexican newsjournal, was to motivate churches to think outside the box about evangelism within their communities and to inspire them to do something beyond traditional preaching revivals. Read More
Migrant ministry gets early start in Calif.PARLIER, Calif. (BP) -- Feeding Those Who Feed Us has been a popular California Southern Baptist Convention ministry for nearly 20 years, seeing thousands of migrant workers make professions of faith in Christ.
The convention ministers in more than 25 migrant centers each summer throughout California, providing food staples, Vacation Bible Schools, children's activities, live music, Gospel messages and other outreach initiatives. Read More
Dulcimers become widow's instrument for ministryKENNARD, Texas (BP) -- Margaret and Jerry Wright trekked to the Arkansas Ozarks town of Mountain View in July 1994 to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, a nearby cave.
Or so they thought.
Checking in at a campsite, they learned that folk music "jam sessions" took place each evening at the Ozark Folk Center and in front of the Stone County Courthouse on the Mountain View town square. Margaret was ... Read More
Sammy Tippit harnessing technology for global impactSAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- With Skype, Facebook, Zoom, websites and QR codes, Sammy Tippit reaches several million people worldwide each month to advance the Gospel.
In addition to evangelistic preaching, discipleship resources by Tippit are translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Portuguese, Farsi, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish, with three more languages on the horizon.
He and the board of directors of Sammy Tippit Ministries made a decision three years ago "to pursue technology and get the Gospel out through technology," said Tippit, the new president of the Southern Baptist Evangelists organization. Read More
Kelley: 'Fuel the Fire' to spark baptism conversationNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention have been in decline for 16 years. To change that, Chuck Kelley hopes to start a conversation.
"The Southern Baptist Convention is facing the greatest evangelism crisis in its history, with an unprecedented gap between the number of churches and the number of baptisms those churches record," said Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
A new book by Kelley, "Fuel the Fire: Lessons from the History of Southern Baptist Evangelism," published by B&H Academic, examines the causes behind the longest running decline in baptisms in SBC history and what can be done to reverse it. Read More