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Southern Baptists: Making a Difference in Kenya

Hours from any city, traveling on roads he could only describe as "horrible," Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page recently saw first-hand how Southern Baptist representatives are partnering to provide clean drinking water to a highly remote, nomadic people in northern Kenya. "It was great to see the hands-on ministry and the relationships that are […]

In Kenya, Frank Page sees Southern Baptists meet needs

KENYA, Africa (BP)--Hours from any city, traveling on roads he could only describe as "horrible," Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page recently saw first-hand how Southern Baptist representatives are partnering to provide clean drinking water to a highly remote, nomadic people in northern Kenya.       "It was great to see the hands-on ministry and the relationships that are developing out of that," Page said, noting the acceptance and trust the efforts have built in the area for Southern Baptist representatives. "They are a people in need of the Lord and the Gospel, and meeting human needs is a great entree for that."

Grueling sojourn in African bush helps new missionaries prepare

TIGONI, Kenya (BP)--An ordeal in the African bush -- designed to prepare new missionaries to live, work and serve with different cultures and peoples -- has achieved a new level of effectiveness, thanks to a partnership with missionaries from another "Great Commission Christian" organization.

24 days in a tent helps prepare missionaries for life in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya (BP)--In much the same way biblical prophets were led into the wilderness for a time of preparation, two dozen new International Mission Board missionaries recently completed a new "Forty Days, Forty Nights" training program.

Africa’s True Love Waits supporters encouraged by Bush words on abstinence

ENTEBBE, Uganda (BP)--Baptists working with the True Love Waits program in East Africa are encouraged following President George W. Bush's commitment to U.S. support of abstinence-based programs in the war on AIDS.

IMB/LifeWay missionary Evelyn Woolridge dies in Nairobi following surgery

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Missionary & mother
Southern Baptist missionary Evelyn Woolridge, who died of pneumonia May 26 following gall bladder surgery in Nairobi, Kenya, was the mother of five daughters. Shown here in 1999 with her husband, Michael, are Patricia, 12, Judith, 10, Michaela, 8, Rebekkah, 6, and Mary-Ruth, 4.
NAIROBI, Kenya (BP)--Southern Baptist missionary Evelyn Woolridge died in Nairobi, Kenya, May 26 of pneumonia following gall bladder surgery. She was 41.
      Woolridge and her husband, Michael, had served since January 1999 in a unique arrangement that had them serving as international consultants for LifeWay Christian Resources through the International Mission Board.
      The couple and their five children had been scheduled to return May 30 to Nashville, Tenn., where he was to continue his work with LifeWay.

2-year-old church in Alaskan interior sees teens flock to basketball camp

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Hoops with hope
61 youth from 11 cities, towns and villages across Alaska traveled to Nenana, Alaska for a basketball camp sponsored by a church planted by Southern Baptists. Photo by Russ Sharrock
      NENANA, Aka. (BP)--There's not much to do in the interior Alaskan village of Nenana during the cold winters which begin in October and end as late as May. By mid-winter, the town's 412 residents see only three to four hours of daylight each day, and with temperatures dipping as low as minus-60, teenagers from both native and Anglo backgrounds often retreat into the darkness of alcohol, drugs, spiritism and hopelessness.

Couple takes up Alaskan challenge: ‘to reach us, live and die with us’

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Alaskan outreach
Gathering in a log cabin, pastor Russ Sharrock leads members of Nenana Community Church, a two-year-old church in the Alaskan interior, in Sunday worship. Photo courtesy of Nenana Community Church
NENANA, Aka. (BP)--When Russ and Alice Sharrock first came from Toccoa, Ga., to Nenana, Alaska, in 1998 to assist with a Christian radio station, they were deeply burdened by the need for a new church -- a church that would be vitally involved in the sometimes troubled local life of this Alaskan interior river village. Naysayers both locally and in the lower 48 states predicted it would take five long years to establish a church in such a hardened mission field, Alice recounts now, two years later. Despite such warnings, and armed with the support of Baptists in Virginia and Missouri, as well as a survey team from Grace Baptist Church in Toccoa, Ga., the Sharrocks returned in 2000 as Nehemiah Project church planters and Nenana Community Church was born.

Midwestern prof composes anthem for ‘Bethlehem 2000’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–An anthem composed especially for Palestinian Christians celebrating the 2000th anniversary of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem was commissioned during a Dec. 10 chapel service at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Titled “O Bethlehem!” the piece was written by A.L. “Pete” Butler, professor of church music at the Kansas City, Mo., seminary and will […]

Principles cited for facing Y2K as well as the end times

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)–Christians can face the Y2K Millennial Bug with confidence by holding to principles written to guide first-century believers, according to Jim Richards, director of missions for the Northwest Baptist Association, Rogers, Ark. “Some people are seeing a major catastrophe on the horizon with Y2K,” Richards said of the possibility that many computer […]