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Turnaround in missions proves any church ‘can do this’

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Members of Westwood Baptist Church in Alexandria, Ala., meet missionaries and experiences some of the sights and tastes from the missionaries’ places of service during the church’s Global Impact Celebration.Photo courtesy of Bill Miller Photography
ALEXANDRIA, Ala. (BP)--How does a pastor take a church that struggles financially from week to week and get it excited about participating in an Acts 1:8 aim toward reaching “the uttermost part of the earth”?
      Pastor Mike Holcomb pondered that question as he considered expanding Westwood Baptist Church’s focus. It was a question that was answered with a challenge by a friend and a mentoring program.

With son in Iraq as an Army scout, family finds comfort in CNN coverage

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Army scout's parents
Ken Bush, center, shares a word of encouragement with Karen and Myron Chenault, whose son is an Army scout in Iraq. Bush is minister of education and outreach at Central Park Baptist Church in Decatur, Ala., which has rallied with special prayer for members of the military and their families. Photo by Erin Webster
DECATUR, Ala. (BP)--It's sometime between 2 and 3 a.m. After hearing the latest report on Operation Iraqi Freedom from CNN reporter Walter Rodgers, Karen Chenault turns off the television and goes to bed, comforted by the news that there is no bad news.

Wave of Baptist volunteers aids 3 hard-hit Ala. towns

HOOVER, Ala. (BP)--Alabama Baptist disaster relief volunteers responded in large numbers to the Nov. 10 tornadoes that devastated parts of Walker, Cullman and Cherokee counties. Teams from numerous Alabama Baptist associations joined a national disaster relief effort after storms ripped through the South and Great Lakes region Nov. 10-11.

Church members demonstrate love by giving away breakfast

HOOVER, Ala. (BP)--Volunteers from Shades Crest Baptist Church in this suburb of Birmingham, raced to cars idling at the intersection of Valley Avenue and Shades Crest Road to deliver breakfast to commuters during morning rush hour. With orange juice and honey buns in hand, church members distributed the free fast-food breakfast during festivities associated with "We Love Hoover Week," held July 14-20.

Student center targets teens with cutting edge technology

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Focusing on Scripture
Hunter Street Baptist Church member Lance Rhodes reads Numbers 14-36 in the conference room of the new 24:7 Center for students on May 3 in preparation for the Center's grand opening that night. Photo by Erin Webster
   HOOVER, Ala. (BP)--Built on a solid foundation of prayers and God's Word, Hunter Street Baptist Church's newest extension, the 24:7 Student Center, opened on May 3.
   According to Michael Smith, student pastor at the Hoover megachurch, about 1,500 people attended the grand opening.
   "I thought the night was incredible," said Smith. "It was everything we'd hoped it would be and thought it would be."