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ETHNIC CHURCHES: Unique Thanksgiving meal helps introduce Hmong to Gospel

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BP)--Thirteen groups of people spread out across St. Paul, Minn., to deliver more than 60 boxes filled with food for Thanksgiving meals. The groceries were welcomed with joy and gratitude -- and no small degree of puzzlement.

More Than a Parade

In the hours before the Tournament of Roses Parade, more than seventy volunteers led twelve people in making decisions for Christ among thousands who staked out a spot to view the festivities along Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard. Volunteers from churches across the country, including a number of evangelists, participated in a variety of New Year's Eve […]

Awaiting Rose Parade, crowds along streets hear the Gospel

PASADENA, Calif. (BP)--In the hours before the Tournament of Roses Parade, 70-plus volunteers led 12 people in making decisions for Christ among thousands who staked out a spot to view the festivities along Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard.       Volunteers from churches across the country, including a number of evangelists, participated in a variety of New Year's Eve initiatives spearheaded by San Diego businessman Martin Davis for the 12th consecutive year.       Two mime teams performed more than 35 times throughout the night at various spots along the crowded street. After each performance, evangelist Darrel Davis shared the Gospel.       "It's a unique environment," said Davis, who traveled from North Carolina to join the parade ministry for the first time this year. "When I heard about this opportunity I knew the Lord was calling me to help. There is a lot of seed planting going on here. We gave them a lot to think about."       At a table distributing free popcorn, Dean Osuch, pastor of evangelism at Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, handed a 7-year-old boy from Ohio a bag of the snack and asked, "Do you think about God?"

Waiting for the Rose Parade, crowds hear Gospel’s call

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A teen mime team, named Christ in Action from Apple Valley, Calif., performed on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena five times for crowds of people waiting overnight to see the Rose Parade. The Gospel is presented at the end of each performance.Photo by Kelli Cottrell
PASADENA, Calif. (BP)--Sitting along Colorado Boulevard about 12 hours before the start of the 2006 Rose Parade, Laurence Rocha had nothing better to do than hear the Gospel and watch a mime group perform to songs depicting the death and resurrection of Christ.
      “I’m just sitting and watching football on my little TV,” said Rocha, who had heard an announcement over a hand-held megaphone to see the performance in front of a Pasadena pizza shop a few yards away from where he had set up for the night. “There is no other entertainment.”
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Martin Davis, organizer of an evangelistic outreach at the Rose Parade, passes out a brochure outlining the Gospel message and a list of floats to Santiago Perez of Anaheim who planned to spend the night on the sidewalk awaiting the parade. Photo by Kelli Cottrell

      That is exactly what Martin Davis, in his 11th year heading up the annual outreach, wants to hear.
      Davis, two mime teams and more than 50 other volunteers joined together to spread the Gospel to a captive audience Dec. 31.
      Amid the pink and green silly string being sprayed and marshmallows being thrown into the streets, thousands of people heard that Jesus loves them and that He died for them.

Fighting human trafficking in U.S., around
the world an ‘uphill battle,’ advocate says

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (BP)--The third largest criminal activity in the world is growing, church leaders, social groups and politicians were told at a recent conference on human trafficking.

Rick Warren welcomes Obama,
Brownback to Saddleback’s AIDS summit

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--The promise of partnership was evident at the second annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church as politicians from both parties gathered at Saddleback Church in Southern California to show their support of the evangelical church rising up to help stop the pandemic.
      Spearheaded by Rick Warren and his wife Kay, the two-day “Race Against Time” summit was attended by more than 2,000 lay leaders, pastors, health officials and government officials from 165 organizations and from 178 churches representing 39 states and 18 countries.

Middle-Eastern conference: from worship to ‘reunion’

MIRADA, Calif. (BP)--For some 1,700 Arab-speakers from throughout the nation, the annual Middle-Eastern Baptist Conference sponsored by the California Southern Baptist Convention provides an opportunity for worship, training, evangelism and “reunion.”

Bus driver led to faith at NAMB commissioning service

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Some 2,300 people attended commissioning services for 71 North American Mission Board missionaries and chaplains at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif.Photo by David White
HIGHLAND, Calif. (BP)--Seventy-one new North American Mission Board missionaries and chaplains were strikingly reminded that one doesn’t have to travel far to reach the mission field.
      Between two Sunday morning commissioning services at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif., one of the two bus drivers, Alfred Hinson, who had been busing the missionaries and chaplains around all weekend, came forward to give his life to Christ.

Bible carried to 30,000 homes

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP)--Carrying a gift, 1,700 members of Shadow Mountain Community Church fanned out across the city of El Cajon two by two on a mission to distribute a Bible to each of the San Diego-area city’s 30,000 homes.
      Church members were treated to a breakfast the Saturday before Easter, prayed over and sent out to deliver gift bags with an invitation to church and a custom-designed Bible.

Prayer for missions boosted via simulcast, testimonies

SAN DIEGO (BP)--"What would happen if we would commit to pray for our missionaries?" best-selling author and speaker Beth Moore asked an audience in San Diego during a live simulcast to hundreds of churches nationwide Jan. 27.