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Southern Baptists ministering amid Hurricane Floyd’s mounting tragedy

WILSON, N.C. (BP)--More than 300,000 meals were served by Southern Baptists in four eastern states during the week after countless thousands were battered and flooded by Hurricane Floyd.

Putting others first is key facet of post-Floyd disaster ministry

LA GRANGE, N.C. (BP)–“The church has put our talking into walking since this disaster” wrought by Hurricane Floyd, said David Leary, director of missions at the Neuse Baptist Association in La Grange, N.C. Hundreds of recovery projects have been completed in North Carolina alone, along with more than 650,000 meals served, by Southern Baptists since […]

Southern Baptists ministering amid Hurricane Floyd’s mounting tragedy

WILSON, N.C. (BP)–More than 300,000 meals were served by Southern Baptists in four eastern states during the week after countless thousands were battered and flooded by Hurricane Floyd. A dozen feeding units from nine states continued to provide meals Sept. 24 in North and South Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey. Relief workers expect flood waters […]

Teens’ pessimism about marital joy needs church’s attention, ex

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“We rarely preach it,” said Barbara O’Chester, and “barely teach it and simply don’t practice it.” The church needs to do a better job of uplifting God’s plan for marriage to the next generation, said O’Chester, director of The Great Hills Retreat Ministry, Austin, Texas, and other Southern Baptist experts in family life […]

Russian orphans’ hopelessness countered by Baptist volunteers

BRJANSK, Russia (BP)–The Russian children stood, silent and subdued, in front of their isolated country orphanage, eyes downcast, spirits crushed. “They didn’t run up to us. They didn’t laugh. There was no joy in their eyes, only overwhelming hopelessness,” said Jullianne Kramer, a member of Oakgrove Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. Kramer and a team […]

Charter Schools

Poorly funded public schools, expensive private schools or the challenge of homeschooling – parents in inner-city Youngstown, Ohio, had few options for their children's education – until now. This year, 624 students in urban Youngstown are attending their first year at Eagle Heights Academy, a public charter school privately run by Christians. "We just wanted […]

Gary Frost: Joint efforts in Youngstown have made Christians ‘saltier, brig

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (BP)–Finding the key to urban renewal and social reform in America is as easy as checking a Bible’s table of contents, said Dwight Dumas. “Many letters which Paul wrote were directed to believers in specific geographic regions — Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi — not to one denomination or one church,” said Dumas, executive director […]

Charter school is ‘another choice’ for Youngstown’s urban children

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (BP)–Poorly funded public schools, expensive private schools or the challenge of homeschooling. Parents in inner-city Youngstown, Ohio, had few options for their children’s education. Until now. This year, 624 students in urban Youngstown are attending their first year at Eagle Heights Academy, a public charter school privately run by Christians. “We just wanted […]

New vision for evangelists’ conference aims at integrity, viable crusade efforts

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Jerry Drace has a little game he plays with strangers on airplanes. “I ask people what they do for a living, and invariably they ask me what I do. When I say I’m an evangelist, some of them go to the lavatory and never come back!” For Drace, the game stems from a […]

Evangelist’s weekend sessions focus on undergirding a church’s families

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–As Southern Baptist evangelist Jerry Drace traveled the country in the early 1990s, he asked pastors he met, “Who’s hurting the most in your church?”“Almost 100 percent said the family.” So Drace decided to take action.The current president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE) and father of two teenagers used his […]