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Teen overcomes rocky childhood to lead youth in worship

MOBILE, Ala. (BP)--In the short time Thuan Mai has taught himself to play the acoustic guitar, God has developed in his heart a passion for worship.

Children’s home upbringing fuels his love for at-risk children

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Buoyed by houseparents
Dana Watson is joined by Jim and Marie Marchetti, his houseparents at Alabama Baptist Children's Homes, for his May 10 graduation from Southwestern Seminary. Photo by Bob Murdaugh
MOBILE, Ala. (BP)--Dana Watson is compassionately drawn to the restlessness and confusion he sees in the lives of inner-city children in Fort Worth, Texas. He struggled with those same feelings at age 10 when he was placed in the care of Alabama Baptist Children's Homes in Mobile.
      Today at age 27, Watson gives much of the credit for his self-confidence and spiritual boldness to Marie and Jim Marchetti, his children's homes houseparents whom he calls Mom and Dad.

Children’s home influence helps son lead mother to Christ on her deathbed

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Dana Watson
     BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--From the time Dana Watson came to Alabama Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries at age 10, his houseparents taught him the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and church involvement. That spiritual encouragement was still a major influence in Watson's life 16 years later when God brought him 650 miles from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas to his birth mother's deathbed in Mobile, Ala., to lead her to Jesus Christ.

Chapman encourages childcare agenciesin nurturing urgency for awakening

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Morris H. Chapman, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, encouraged executives of Southern Baptist childcare agencies April 18 to continue their key roles in nurturing a "sense of urgency for spiritual awakening" among Christians.

Acteens bid farewell StudiAct, introduced to MissionsQuest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–More than 10,000 Acteens said good-bye to a familiar element of their organization and hello to its successor during the National Acteens Convention July 1-4 in Louisville, Ky. In the opening session of NAC, the last national recognition service was held for teens in StudiAct, the individual achievement plan for teenage girls introduced […]

7/23/97 90-year-old’s work with children garners national missions award

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP)–Attempting to bear all of the world’s worries on his little shoulders, Robert strolls into his Mission Friends classroom. Troubling thoughts of his father’s hospitalization weigh heavily on the perplexed preschooler’s fragile mind. The overburdened youngster quickly seizes a warm embrace from his teacher, Esther Miller Lilley, already aware of his concern and […]

WMU offers handcrafts in home shopping parties

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Woman's Missionary Union, auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention, is joining the home shopping craze to market a variety of native handcrafts from countries such as Pakistan, Thailand, Jordan, Mexico and Tanzania.