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The ‘miracle’ of Joplin: Church’s ministry grows out of tornado’s devastation

JOPLIN, Mo. (BP) – After tornado alarms sounded in Joplin on May 22, 2011, Pastor John Swadley of Forest Park Baptist Church here took shelter with his family in a crawlspace under their home. They listened to radio reports covering the storm and its devastating aftermath.

Missouri Baptists mark restoration, reconciliation

BRANSON, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptists celebrated restoration and renewed cooperation to transform lives with the Gospel at their annual meeting Oct. 28-29 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo. Attendance rose in comparison to the previous few years, drawing 1,277 messengers and 262 visitors from 499 churches.

Knocking on doors anchors church’s 6-day outreach

O'FALLON, Mo. (BP) -- Hundreds heard the Gospel during the Engage O'Fallon evangelistic initiative organized by First Baptist Church in the St. Louis-area town of O'Fallon. Engage O'Fallon -- modeled after the Southern Baptist Convention's Crossover outreach in the host city of each year's SBC annual meeting -- is part of FBC O'Fallon's effort to reach the 20,000 homes in their ZIP code.