ATLANTA (BP)--Little could have prepared Mark Moore for the events of June 24. Driving the lead vehicle of four en route to Louisiana from Texas, Moore's world was suddenly shaken when his cell phone rang and a voice on the line screamed: "The bus crashed!"
Moore reached the bus within seconds and what he saw frightened him. The charter bus containing 40 of "his" youth bound for Student Life Camp at Louisiana Tech University had crashed into an interstate bridge abutment. The left side of the bus was completely sheared away. Moore, youth pastor to the 40 teenagers from Metro Church in Garland, Texas, frantically searched through the wreckage for his youth -- 35 were injured, four died.
Members of the four-man alternative rock group Shadowbox Puppets from San Bernardino, Calif., included Global Outreach 2002 ministry efforts at the Salt Lake City Olympics in their two-week, four-stop tour. "But, we're a ministry, not a rock band," says band member Mike Seewald. Stand-alone photo.
Pin trading attracted visitors frequently to the Global Outreach 2002 command center. Volunteers offered the GO-2002 More Than Gold lapel pin and hospitality bags to anyone who would accept them. Stand-alone photo.
Olympic-sized murals are displayed throughout Salt Lake City to give fans of the Winter Games a larger-than-life view of their favorite athletes. Stand-alone photo.
A larger-than-life welcome to the Olympic games. Stand-alone photo.
Todd Swanson (left), Housing and Logistics Coordinator for Global Outreach 2002, pauses to catch-up on reports from ministry team members Emmett Bridger, Hugh Johnson and Marvin Sibley from Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Ga. Stand-alone photo.
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Libby Bridger, right, and Toni Goodson recall seven days of ministry efforts with their 11-person team from Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, Ga. Photo by Greg Brett
Their schedule at the Winter Olympics was hectic from that moment forward, including prayerwalks, witnessing in local malls and assisting in ministry activities at the Main Street Coffee House in downtown Salt Lake.
"We quickly learned we had to make ourselves available," said team captain Libby Bridger. "Then, the Lord simply put people in front of us."
With 11 team members working for seven days, Bridger estimated that her team easily interacted with 1,000 or more people.
ATLANTA (BP)–The Georgia Baptist Convention has established a scholarship fund for the children of the three Life Flight crew members killed during a helicopter crash last July. Attendees at the convention’s annual meeting in Savannah, along with Georgia Baptist Health Care System officials, honored the sacrifice made by flight nurse Renee Welch Chapman, flight paramedic […]