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Steven S. Nelson

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FIRST-PERSON: Haiti’s modern-day ‘Jobs’

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 ...

In Haiti, a day in the life of volunteer team

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.

FIRST PERSON: A child shall lead them

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Brooke Martin at 4 years old

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In my seven years of promoting the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund, it has been my privilege to see God at work in many nations, churches and individual lives. One of the most stirring has been the miraculous way God moved a church, and hundreds of other people, through the brokenness and innocent prayer of a 4-year-old girl in a small church in Alexandria, Tenn.
      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.

11-year-old among thousands who find Christ in hunger ministries

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.

Youth hunger retreat touched by grief & talents of the homeless

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 […]

Promiseland members ‘Meet a Need’ with help from World Hunger Fund

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.

Quake victim: Baptist parcels ‘all that is keeping us alive’

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 […]

Kids B.E.A.T.ing World Hunger

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.

Hunger funds bring hope to Niger’s drought victims

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, […]

Hunger fund gifts rise as Baptists increase emphasis on world hunger

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 […]