PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--Little did I expect an emotional storm to erupt after several days of seeing the destruction and hearing the painful stories of lost and broken lives in Haiti. It happened the day I met two pastors with similar, yet unique stories. That morning, I met pastor Maurice Gilet. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Gilet was winding up a typical day at Croisade Evangelique d'Haiti Church/School when his life was changed forever ...
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--About 5:15 a.m., the cell phone alarms chime, chirp and ding as dawn breaks in the Haitian sky. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief "yellow shirts" are donned as the day begins for the volunteer demolition team.
|Brooke Martin at 4 years old|
It is not unusual for children to come forward to pray at the altar in the West Main Baptist Church. So when 4-year old Brooke Martin joined the throng of children on their knees during the invitation, few people thought anything about it. That was in the spring of 2001. In the intervening two years, much has happened.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP)--When 11-year-old Antoine Currenton walked into the storefront church, he planned just to "hang out" and get a free snack. He had no idea of the changes God was preparing for his life.
PULASKI, Tenn. (BP)–Their B.E.A.T. Hunger retreat will not soon be forgotten. A tense silence fell over the youth from First Baptist Church, Pulaski, Tenn., as the church van made its way into downtown Nashville on that cold Friday night earlier this year. Armed with gospel tracts, hot coffee and snacks, the group had embarked on […]
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP)--Acting on what he felt was God's calling, pharmaceutical salesman Antoine Scruggs, at age 31, resigned his job and, along with five other people, started Promiseland Church in Little Rock, Ark., in 1997.
ARMENIA, Colombia (BP)–Over a small open fire, Diana Geraldo stoops to stir the plantain (a banana-like fruit) as it boils in a smoke-stained pot. Her tattered clothes and the makeshift shelter give stark testimony to her desperate situation. Her three adult children, all mentally retarded, watch with anticipation as she prepares the morning meal. An […]
Lights, Camera, Action! The youth group of the First Baptist Church of Pulaski, Tenn., found themselves in the movies recently. They are the stars of a new video production that is part of the new cutting edge retreat kit, B.E.A.T. Hunger (Believers Everywhere ATtack Hunger). Retreat activities include Bible studies, direct involvement in hunger ministry, a period of fasting, and an opportunity to educate the church as to the plight of the poor and hurting. Through it, young people discover the vital need for supporting the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund and the various ways to do so.
NIAMEY, Niger (BP)–Pained by the desperation of hunger around them, Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionaries in Niger have begun distributing food — and the love of Jesus — to starving people in the West African country. Last year’s harvest was the worst in the past 15 years. “Daily, we are confronted with starving people, […]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-Strengthened commitment by Southern Baptists to combat world hunger is reflected in gifts to the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund, which increased by nearly $1 million dollars in 1997, for a total of $7,966,663, an increase of 14.8 percent over 1996.While celebrating the increase, Southern Baptist workers plan to do more and hope […]