For Paul Lewis, pastor of Sunrise Mountain Baptist Church in Peoria, Ariz., the news that his son, Tim, would need a kidney transplant -- and that the donor would be Tim's brother, Dan -- sent his mind cascading back 25 years to a pew at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center, and a promise.
It was the summer of 1978, and the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) presentation on the plight of Thai and Laotian refugees in a post-Vietnam Asia touched many in the Glorieta audience. Invited to sign a
| The Hatch family |
Mike Hatch, seated, received a kidney from his wife, Audra, right. Pictured with them are their daughter, Ariel, and Mike's parents, Photo courtesy of Portraits, published by the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention
He volunteered his Carson City, Nev., congregation's hospitality -- but only, he wrote, "if there's a group that nobody else will take."
&nsbp; That pledge card was all but forgotten when, several months later, a phone call came: Could Carson City still handle some refugees?
Oh, right, Lewis thought, remembering that signature. How many were coming? Three? Four?
CHANDLER, Ariz. (BP)–For many Southern Baptists, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for international missions has become a vague — if hallowed — tradition, a different-colored envelope in the pew rack, about the time the weather turns cold. But for Doug Derbyshire — a Southern Baptist International Mission Board medical missionary to Thailand – – the […]