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Sign art evangelist tries to be ‘a walking billboard’ for Christ

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Tyra Lokey stands before the crowd assembled for worship. As the music begins, worshipers join in, moving their lips to the words of the song. Lokey, a sign art evangelist, begins to worship too.

Blood shortage in Kentucky eased by Baptists’ Cooperative Program push

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The timing of Operation Cooperation, a statewide blood drive by Kentucky Baptists, has proven to be a providential witness to the state.

Becky Freeman asks: Are you Aunt Bee or Martha Stewart?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Becky Freeman’s mental image of a godly woman used to resemble super hostess Martha Stewart, but now looks a little more like the down-home Aunt Bee from Mayberry. Freeman, author of “Real Magnolias” and other collections of funny stories, said a godly woman makes people feel comfortable enough to kick off their shoes, […]

Cooperative Program effort resonates with mom who needed blood transfusions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–As a healthy, athletic young mother in her mid-20s, Tonya Smith never thought she would need a blood transfusion. But 12 weeks into her pregnancy with her second child, Tonya was diagnosed with placenta previa, a potentially fatal pregnancy condition, which results in massive, blood loss. Without willing blood donors, neither Tonya nor […]

N.C. town, Ky. volunteers form strong bonds in Floyd recovery

WILSON, N.C. (BP)–Kentucky Baptist disaster relief volunteers are leaving behind a grateful community when they return home Oct. 30 after serving for more than a month in flood-stricken Wilson, N.C. “Every time that one [of the volunteers] pulls out, we stand in the parking lot and cry,” said hostess Linda Wheeler at Wilson’s First Baptist […]

3 years of sorrow over teens’ deaths accompanied by youths’

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–God can work even in grief. Just ask Mike Caudill and the people of Hindman, Ky. From 1996-98, the small town of 900 lost seven teens to car accidents and sudden illnesses. The community walked through a deep valley of loss, and few were plunged deeper into that valley than Caudill, pastor of […]

Playgrounds in Bosnia, Poland aid Baptist volunteers’ witness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–In the heart of Sarajevo, Bosnia, a little boy climbs onto a swing, grasping both chains in his hands and pushing himself backward with all the force his little legs can muster. Throwing his body into the motion of the swing, arcing back and forth, higher and higher, his eyes lift above the […]

Pastor’s ‘routine’ trip to Russia inspires ministry commi

MUNFORDVILLE, Ky. (BP)–What started out as a pastor’s “routine” mission trip to Russia has turned into a life-changing experience for him, his family, his church and other churches in their Baptist association. Pastor Gerald Murphy and his wife, Sheila, recently were commissioned as missionaries by the International Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. They […]