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Muslim connects campus minister with yearning friend

GRESHAM, Ore. (BP) -- Jason Spurlin began by building relationships as director of Northwest Collegiate Ministries at Mt. Hood Community College on the edge of the Portland metropolitan area. Spurlin arrived at the commuter college in Gresham, Ore., after receiving his degree in kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, although he had always believed he would go into youth ministry in his home state. Some life struggles following graduation, however, stirred Spurlin to return to the basics of his beliefs by claiming his identity in Christ.

In Asia, 163 volunteers aid front-line families

EAST ASIA (BP) -- Warmth enveloped volunteers from the Northwest Baptist Convention in taking their first breaths at their destination in East Asia -- a reminder not only of the tropical climate but also the reception they received in joining hands for a worthy cause. Eighteen months earlier, Phil Wardell*, International Mission Board affinity leader for East Asia, had asked Northwest convention volunteers to staff an affinity group meeting in 2016, the first such gathering in seven years.

ETHNIC CHURCHES: Japanese church members live out faith, change lives

EDITOR’S NOTE: Southern Baptists are one of the most diverse denominations in America, with more than 9,330 ethnic congregations — almost one in five Southern Baptist congregations. Many ethnic churches — from New Jersey to Oklahoma to Oregon — are excellent examples of what it means to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ with a […]

Church construction team aids ‘Extreme Makeover’ in Wash.

BLACK DIAMOND, Wash. (BP)--Some construction workers would jump at the chance to work with Ty Pennington, the energetic star of the hit television series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”