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Nation’s capital gets church planting partner

[QUOTE@left@180=Church planting in Washington, D.C., will require "a major commitment from partners."
-- Clint Clifton, city coordinator for Send North America]WASHINGTON (BP) -- Reaching the nation's capital -- with nearly 5.8 million people in the metro area -- will require more than a cadre of church planters.

Serving & sharing focus of church, NAMB effort

SALISBURY, Md. (BP) -- In the early days of his church plant, pastor Ryan Weaver and his team at Remedy Church scoured the newspapers looking for ways to serve the people of Salisbury, Md. It was a small ad asking for landscaping help that eventually caught their eye.

Spring break students highlight for Sandy relief volunteers

NEW YORK (BP) -- One of the highlights of the continued Sandy Rebuild effort is the arrival of college students using their spring breaks to serve the people of Staten Island, N.Y., according to at least one volunteer couple. [QUOTE@left@200="Our main goal is that the Gospel goes out to … the ones we're serving in Staten Island and the college students here doing the work."
-- Ronda Corn, SBDR volunteer]This year Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, including Ronda and Randy Corn, will welcome nearly 200 students from more than six states over a two-week period to assist in the cleanup and rebuild work on the island. When the Corns arrived in Staten Island in November 2012 -- just five days after Hurricane Sandy made landfall -- they didn't think they would still be there today. "Randy and I have been here since the beginning," Ronda Corn said, "and we plan to stay until the end. There's still such a mess here. Homes are gutted and unlivable. People are displaced. Below the surface there is just so much hurt. Time has passed and media attention has faded, but the people here still need so much help." Serving under local construction team leaders and fellow SBDR volunteers, students will hang sheet rock, tile floors, install doors, put up walls -- anything to help homes become livable once again. "The students work with a construction team leader and learn a lot about skilled labor," Corn said. "It's hard work but really an awesome experience." The experience is a stark contrast to the way many college students spend spring break. SBDR built a volunteer village on a three-acre field on Staten Island, complete with shower, kitchen and water units. Students will camp in tents built specifically for Sandy Rebuild workers. With New York closing out one of its roughest winters yet, volunteers face the difficult challenge of braving the elements. "Weather conditions this season haven't made our work easy, and we've tried to prepare students for the potential wet and cold weather we've seen all season," Corn said. "They're all still excited to serve. For all of us, it's not about the project itself; it's about the people. That's been our motto from day one, and keeping the hearts of the people we're serving in mind has helped tremendously on the difficult days."

Crossover Baltimore to bring hope through partnerships

BALTIMORE (BP) -- Less than a year ago Bob Mackey spent a Saturday traveling around Houston. On that day, during Crossover 2013, the executive director of the Baltimore Baptist Association witnessed partnership in action. He saw visiting Southern Baptists working alongside the local association, churches of Houston and hundreds of other Southern Baptists from across the nation. All were gathering together for the citywide service and outreach initiative preceding the SBC annual meeting.

WEEK OF PRAYER: No typical Sunday for church planter

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (BP) -- A typical Sunday for Jose Nater looks anything but typical. As church planter and pastor of not one, not two, but three Spanish-language church plants on the eastern shore of Maryland, Nater and his family spend their Sundays on the road.

The mornings begin early in Cambridge, Md., as Nater, along with his wife, Myra, teaches Sunday School classes, prepares music for praise and worship and leads the morning's service at First Hispanic Baptist Church of Cambridge.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Cancer survivor impacts lives in Bronx

NEW YORK (BP) -- Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, Shamar Smith is no stranger to the lifestyle and perils that mark the lives of many in the neighborhood; his own brother is already serving out a sentence on Rikers Island, New York's primary jail complex. Had Smith not found his safe haven through Graffiti 2 Community Ministries, his path might have looked the same. A high school student, Smith has attended the ministries' after-school program for years. "Without Graffiti 2, without Andrew," he said, "... I don't know where I might have ended up."

Crossover Baltimore to Bring Hope through Partnerships

    Baltimore Inner Harbor Less than a year ago Bob Mackey spent a Saturday traveling around Houston. Together with hundreds of other Southern Baptists from across the nation, Mackey, executive director of the Baltimore Baptist Association, was in the city to participate in Crossover 2013, a citywide service and outreach initiative preceding the Southern […]

Online map shows mission needs to volunteers

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When the Baptist Convention of New England came into possession of an old church building in Massachusetts, BCNE leaders knew exactly what they wanted to do with it.

Church’s veterans tribute lifts community

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- For Glenn Stringham, senior adult pastor at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga., honoring military veterans is personal. He served 22 years in Vietnam with the U.S. Army.

Young adults gain ministry vision through mission board’s Generation Send internships

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When 24-year-old Laura Coulter signed up to spend her summer serving at a new church plant in Atlanta, she was looking for opportunities to expand her understanding of missions and life in ministry. It was a tweet from the North American Mission Board (@NAMB_SBC) that led her to Atlanta and a NAMB Generation Send internship.