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Babies rescued at Door of Hope in South Africa

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (BP) -- Thirteen-year-old Georgina Smith, originally from South Africa, still gets a kick out of introducing her parents to friends from school.       When classmates see the African teenager's white parents, they look stunned. ...

‘Idol’ concert among SBC family events

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–“American Idol” season six finalist Phil Stacey presented a concert to students and their families as one of the many family activities during the Southern Baptist Convention in Louisville, Ky., June 23-34. Stacey, a preacher’s kid, was ministering at a church in Jacksonville, Fla., and in the U.S. Navy when he auditioned for […]

Classical ballet at Pastors’ Conference

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Fourteen-year-old Riley Johnson won’t wear her point shoes when she dances as part of the worship during the SBC Pastors’ Conference but her ballet moves may provide all the footage anyone could want. The blonde teenager began her ballet lessons at 3 and told her parents, Ronnie and Jan of Mobile, Ala., “One […]

Bikers roar into Nashville on a mission

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Cyclists for Christ
Dozens of FAITH Riders -- Christian motorcyclists from several states -- rode up Broadway in downtown Nashville in conjunction with the Crossover evangelistic outreach preceding this year's June 21-22 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Bob Carey
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Youthful Tammy Bugg stowed her motorcycle helmet in a compartment of a powder-blue Harley and headed toward the hostess' stand at the Spaghetti Factory when another diner pointed and sighed, "It's one of those orange people."
    Although the orange people, or FAITH Riders, are but 100 or so in number this week in Nashville, their presence is leaving an impression with bikers and non-bikers alike for more than the orange T-shirts that say, "The Gathering 2005" and "Sharing life's answers across Nashville."