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VBS volunteers find receptive hearts among Katrina survivors

BILOXI, Miss. (BP)--Biloxi Pointe Mobile Home Park has had a national audience. It was featured on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition –- After the Storm, Mississippi” March 22. The residents were given washers and dryers and a Sears’ gift card by the ABC show.

New Orleans pastors voice hope for churches to spark revival

JACKSON, Miss. (BP)--Pastors of New Orleans Southern Baptist churches do not know the details of how they will rebuild their ministries but are committed to going back and working hard to see the churches return to life.

Small church makes giant impact with Upward Basketball

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Hoops & faith
First- and second-grade children learn about basketball and Jesus via Upward Basketball in the new gym of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ocean Springs, Miss. Photo by Tanya Dawson*
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (BP)--Players shooting and dribbling balls. Whistles blowing. Fans cheering. These are all sights and sounds from a typical basketball game. But nothing is typical about the first season of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ocean Springs, Miss.
      Emmanuel, a church that averages 100 people in Sunday School, started an Upward Basketball ministry with 380 boys and girls on 37 teams, 85 cheerleaders and 85 coaches. Each Saturday, about 1,000 people attend the games, which are played from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

‘God’s Plan … My Part’ WMU meeting offers Blackaby, missions & more

ST. LOUIS (BP)--Henry Blackaby and Debbie Morris will highlight the June 9-10 Woman's Missionary Union Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration at the Ferrara Theater at the America's Center in St. Louis.

WMU names Acteens panelists, top teens

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Acteens from six states have been tapped by Woman's Missionary Union to serve on the 2002 National Acteens Panel and as 2002 Top Teens.

WMU boosts church’s effort to rebuild Liberian seminary

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Soap, cake pans, U.S. postage stamps, paper clips, work gloves, sheets, pot holders, tape and T-shirts are just a few of the items Woman's Missionary Union leaders from across the nation collected in January to send to the Liberian Baptist Theological Seminary in Paynesville, Liberia.

Leaders urged to recapture WMU vision

TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP)--WMU's executive director Wanda S. Lee and national president Janet Hoffman challenged national and state WMU leaders to recapture a vision for the organization's purpose during the group's annual January Board meeting at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center.

WMU distances itself from new missions group

TALLEDGA, Ala. (BP)--The awarding of $91,264 in grants and scholarships and the affirmation of a statement on the formation of Global Women were among the items acted on by the WMU executive board during its meeting Jan. 12-15 at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala.

WMU groups form cyberspace partnership

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Looking for a way to get personally involved in missions? Want to help your church develop on-going missions opportunities? Want a tool to help your family pray specifically for a missions need? www.missionsmart.net has an answer for these questions and many more.

WMU begins HEART Fund for emergency ministry needs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--The WMU Foundation, in conjunction with national Woman's Missionary Union, has established the HEART Fund to help WMU leaders with emergency ministry needs.