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Retiring pastor receives send-off complete with camel

TALLASSEE, Ala. (BP) -- When Beth Baldwin came on board at First Baptist Church, Tallassee, Ala., in February, she never would've guessed a dromedary would be her pastor's first request.

COVID outbreak of more than 40 cases tied to revival at rural Alabama church

STRAWBERRY, Ala. (BP) -- James Carson has watched the church he loves go through a lot in the past two years. When its building went up in flames in August 2018, he saw the smoke from his house across the cow pasture. It was a long process, but they rebuilt. And now he's watching from home again as his beloved church family at Warrior Creek Baptist Church in Strawberry goes through another crisis -- a COVID-19 outbreak.

Pivoting your church to meet needs

NEW YORK -- For the past seven years, Raleigh Sadler's mission has been to help churches see and help the vulnerable people around them, whether that be the homeless, the jobless or victims of human trafficking. But one thing has shifted in his ministry in the past few weeks: with the spread of COVID-19, every person and church is suddenly vulnerable, and very aware of it. That changes the way those churches do ministry, said Sadler, executive director of Let My People Go.

Tokyo missionary watches hearts ‘slowly soften’

TOKYO, Japan (BP) -- Sometimes when Mark Bennett baptizes someone, he makes a normal request -- he asks the new believer's family and friends to come up on stage and stand behind him. And then something abnormal happens -- dozens of people do what he asked. That may not seem strange, but when the man being baptized is homeless, that crowd is a ...

Alabama Team Helps IMB Missionary Unlock Door to Unreached People Group in Mexico

A partnership with an Alabama Baptist association has helped an IMB worker build relationships with the Americas' most unreached people group.

Greear urges Baptists to unite, ‘Send Every Member’

NASHVILLE (BP) -- If Southern Baptists' unity is built on "all of us agreeing on everything, then there really is no hope for us all," said J.D. Greear, Southern Baptist Convention president, during his address to the SBC Executive Committee on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Unity has to be "built on loving something greater than what divides us" -- that's why Greear said he's keeping Gospel Above All as the convention's theme for his second year as president.

‘Rise up,’ Floyd urges churches at inauguration

NASHVILLE (BP) -- At more than 47,000 churches strong, Southern Baptists can have a massive spiritual footprint -- they just have to harness the power of prayer and their resources for the sake of the Gospel, Ronnie Floyd said. "God has blessed us greatly," said the new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. "We must rise up."

Women’s group hears ‘heartbreaking’ stories at border

JUAREZ, Mexico (BP) -- The man was afraid that if he refused one more time, it might be his last. Or even worse -- it might seal his teenage daughter's fate. "In Guatemala, it's next to impossible to run a small business, because once you start doing well and making money, the gangs will come in and start demanding money" ...

Picking up the pieces in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas -- Beverly Engle snapped a photo of the El Paso Walmart as she and her husband David walked in Aug. 3 to grab some vitamin water. She meant to post it on Facebook to say it was the Southern Baptist couple's last stop on the way home to Arkansas after ministering to migrants at a center near the Mexican border. But minutes later the couple was caught up in tragedy as a shooter opened fire in the store. The Engles and other customers, some injured, were ushered out a back door and to a nearby Sam's Club by Walmart employees.

So. Baptists respond to ‘horrific’ acts of violence

EL PASO, Texas (BP) -- As two mass shootings over the weekend brought the total to three such tragedies in just over a week, Baptists prayed, met needs and called for an urgent look at how white supremacy can "fuel" violence. The shootings -- all committed by young men -- took the lives of 34 people across three cities. In El Paso, Texas, a 21-year-old man is in custody after a shooting in a Walmart left 22 people dead and 26 others injured on Saturday (Aug. 3). Then early Sunday morning (Aug. 4), a 24-year old gunman killed nine in a nightlife district of Dayton, Ohio.