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Martine G. Bates

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Battling far more than ‘the bug,’ volunteer’s life saved in Venezuela

HARTSELLE, Ala. (BP)–The day after Tom Bennich left for a missions trip to help Venezuelans recover from flooding that hit the country the week before Christmas, he was in a Caracas hospital fighting for his life. The flooding resulted in landslides that killed more than 40,000 people and left 400,000 homeless. Pure water is scarce […]

Never Too Old

Baptisms at Central Baptist Church are looking a little different these days. The format is still traditional, and the Decatur, Ala., church hasn't moved back to the creek, but instead of baptizing the usual young children and preteens, Central's baptismal services lately have included the over-70 age group. It began, Mark Tolbert, Central Baptist's pastor, […]

In an unusual missions experience, they welcomed friends from Hawaii

DECATUR, Ala. (BP)–It wasn’t the usual sort of Hawaii missions trip. They stayed home in Alabama. Baptists in the Decatur, Ala., area have had a partnership with the island of Kauai in conjunction with Alabama Baptists’ Hawaii partnership, which concludes this year. Several teams from the Morgan Baptist Association have gone to Hawaii as part […]

State auditor anchored in her rural upbringing

HARTSELLE, Ala. (BP)–As Susan Parker chopped and picked cotton on her parents’ farm in Eva, Ala., she dreamed of becoming a secretary or a teacher. She never imagined she would earn a doctorate, spend 25 years in education and have an office in the state capitol. But those “beyond her wildest dreams” parts of her […]