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‘Sunburn trailer’ offers Gospel witness

CONWAY, S.C. (BP) -- Headed to the Carolina coast this summer for some sun and surf but also looking for a missions opportunity? Martha Bullard has just the job for you. This summer, as she has for the past seven summers, Bullard, along with volunteers from churches of the Waccamaw Baptist Association, will be manning a "sunburn trailer" in Surfside Beach, S.C. Volunteers at the trailer dole out free sunscreen, aloe gel and water, and they look for opportunities to share the Gospel with visitors from all over the world. Often, youth groups from churches outside the area will coordinate with Bullard to utilize the trailer as a staging area for their missions activities on the beach.

Gary Hollingsworth elected exec. director in S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- Gary Hollingsworth, a long-serving pastor and denominational leader with a record of church planting and international missions support, has been elected executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He received the unanimous support of more than 330 SCBC messengers who convened Thursday (Jan. 14) for a special called meeting of the state convention at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia.

S.C. Baptists prepare for ‘marathon’ of work

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- A South Carolina Baptist disaster relief official is predicting it will take years for the state to recover from the extensive flooding of the past two days. "This is much bigger than [the recovery from] Hurricane Hugo," said Randy Creamer, disaster relief coordinator for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Creamer said the flooding that has prompted 10 counties or municipalities to declare states of ...