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Man who lost wife, kids in flash flood shares message of hope

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Final photo
This Rogers family photo –- the last one ever taken -- was at a relative’s wedding Aug. 30, 2003. That night, Melissa and the four children died in a flash flood on their way home. The picture was salvaged from the camera that survived the flood.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Robert Rogers was a dead man.
    Rogers, his wife, Melissa, and their four young children were in their minivan on their way home from a wedding when the unthinkable happened. A flash flood swept away the van -– and everyone in it perished except Robert.
    “We and about seven other cars splashed into the middle of this ‘river’ in the middle of the freeway,” Rogers, 38, recalled, looking back at that dark, rainy night on the Kansas Turnpike in August 2003. They were on their way home, driving from Wichita, Kan., to Liberty, Mo. “The water was about 1,000 feet wide, and we could see the water rising and seeping into our van.”

NY-area churches get ready for help from Baptists nationwide

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A caring touch
Carmen Coe paints the face of a youth at a community fall festival sponsored by Living Gospel Baptist Church, a congregation working to revitalize itself in Rutherford, N.J., a town of about 20,000. Photo by Stacey Hamby
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (BP)--The "crossroads of the world," as pastor Ray Parascando describes New York City, is "a great place to do cross-cultural evangelism."
      Parascando is pastor of Crossroads Church, one of only three Southern Baptist churches on Staten Island, which accounts for half a million people amid a metro region of more than 21 million.
      To extend its reach, Crossroads Church, with about 40 regular attendees, is partnering with other more established churches to help them spread the Gospel and grow.

Former missionary, church planter elected to seminary faculty

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected two new faculty members and approved the promotions of two others during their Oct. 20-21 meeting at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

Midwestern Seminary launches $2.1 million capital campaign

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees and administrators broke ground Oct. 21 for a "Walk of Honor" on the site of the former Farmland, Inc., property acquired adjacent to the Kansas City campus. The groundbreaking ceremony for the walkway with donor-purchased bricks capped off Midwestern trustees' Oct. 20-21 meeting and signaled the launch of Midwestern's $2.1 million capital campaign: "The Vision: Growing Disciples Today To Make Disciples Tomorrow."

Slain missionaries, former president honored by Midwestern during SBC

PHOENIX (BP)--Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary named William Koehn and Martha Myers as honorary alumni of the year posthumously during its alumni luncheon June 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Phoenix.

Higgs tells Ministers’ Wives attendees they are ‘God’s crown of creation’

PHOENIX (BP)--Liz Curtis Higgs delivered her trademark humor to nearly 1,000 women at the Ministers' Wives Conference luncheon June 17 during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix.

Warren relays 7 pointers for perseverance to communicators

SAN DIEGO (BP)--Rick Warren welcomed more than 70 members of the Baptist Communicators Association April 24 during the group's opening session of its annual workshop in San Diego. Warren is pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and author of the best-selling book, "The Purpose-Driven Life."

Songwriter recounts memories & moments behind the songs

SALEM, Mo. (BP)--Like all songwriters, Mark Mathes can point to the times of inspiration that have sparked the Southern gospel music he has penned.

Southern gospel ‘challenges, convicts, encourages,’ minister-songwriter says

SALEM, Mo. (BP)--Southern gospel music fans may not know his name, but they know his songs. "I Believe" and "I'm Not What I Was" -- both performed by the award-winning Gold City Quartet -- finished in the No. 2 and No. 11 spots, respectively, for 2002, according to the Singing News Top 40 Chart, the official chart of Southern gospel music.

FIRST-PERSON: Why I like Southern gospel music

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Admittedly, I'm not the stereotypical Southern gospel music fan. I don't remember a time when an entire community gathered at the local church for an all-day singing and dinner on the ground. I never heard the Statesmen or the Blackwood Brothers sing live on the radio. But I appreciate the legacy of Southern gospel music all the same.