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Firefighter’s cross stands tall as message of hope amid rubble

NEW YORK CITY (BP)--The rescue worker whose story is being syndicated in newspapers around the world sought out Florida Baptist volunteers to help share what he believes is a miracle amid the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Kitchen for ground zero workers links Fla. Baptists, Salvation Army

NEW YORK CITY (BP)--Nowhere is the tragedy of the World Trade Center revealed with more rawness than in the eyes of a New York City firefighter. The human toll the Sept. 11 terrorist attack has taken is reflected there, in eyes that still have trouble adjusting to the stark reality that the worst has happened in their city and to their own people.
      A team of 16 Florida Baptists met the tremendous grief in their eyes the week of Oct. 15-19 with eyes of compassion and hands ready to work around the clock.

Baptists view ground zero damage with overwhelming sense of loss

NEW YORK CITY (BP)--Nothing could prepare a team of Florida NEW YORK CITY (BP)--Nothing could prepare a team of Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteers stationed two blocks away from ground zero of the World Trade Center disaster for what they would see and feel.

Outreach to homosexuals among motions submitted by messengers

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Three motions advocating ministry outreach to homosexuals and three motions proposing amendments to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message were among the 26 motions made by messengers to the 2000 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, June 12-13 in New Orleans.

Koreans say ‘thank you’ to WMU’s mission support

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Moving to the beat of a native drum, a Korean girl shyly peaked out from behind a brilliantly colored fan, stealing the hearts of a standing room only gathering of Woman's Missionary Union during a pageant featuring the Korean Children's Choir and Baptist World Alliance President Billy Kim.

‘Ladies of the night’ reminded: ‘you are more precious than gold’

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Pam Tate almost didn't participate in Crossover 2000. Now she realizes that missing the experience would have been one of the biggest mistakes of her life.

Former exotic dancer: God’s love lifted her from life of fantasy

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–The plot of the 1990 comedy film “Pretty Woman” epitomizes every prostitute’s dream: Being hired by a millionaire businessman from out of town as his “date” for a series of business functions; falling in love; and being whisked away to a new life in the lap of luxury. Tammy Dahl bought into the […]

Church building-turned-bar returns to being a place of hope in Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. (BP)–Every time Paul Johnson steps inside the small brick building of Eighteenth Street Community Church in Altoona, Pa., it is a reminder of God’s saving grace. Years ago, the neon-lit bar that formerly occupied the building was a favorite stopping place for Johnson at the end of the day, within walking distance between […]

After trudging through the snow, it was just `him & Pastor Sanders’

ALTOONA, Pa. (BP)--Trudging his way through tightly packed snow, Rusty Sunderland was determined to make it to church one wintry Sunday morning.

Congregation grows as it seeks to know its new African American neighborhoo

MANDARIN, Fla. (BP)–This church’s growth in the past 10 years — from 70 members to more than 1,600 — illustrates what can happen when evangelism becomes a congregation’s way of life. The unprecedented growth of First Baptist Church, Mandarin, Fla., a predominantly African-American congregation in south Jacksonville, is the result of intentional evangelism and community […]