Tim Patterson

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FIRST-PERSON: Codfish & catfish

Tim Patterson recounts a lesson about life's difficulties that he learned from codfish and catfish. God's watchfulness for His followers, he notes, "keeps us alive, alert, fresh and growing."

FIRST-PERSON: Service station theology

Back when Tim Patterson worked at his dad's service station and gas was 19.9 cents per gallon, he began to learn discernment about people's character and actions. Today, he also sees some spiritual lessons from pumping gas years ago.

Leading Southern Baptists to a New North American Mission Field

Abdul, one of our Southern Baptist missionaries, has answered God's call on his life to point Muslims to the truth of Christ. As you can imagine, it is a very challenging and dangerous mission field. But with God's blessings, he has seen more than a dozen Muslims come to a saving knowledge of Christ in the last three years. But in carrying out his ministry, Abdul has placed his safety and that of his children at risk. One morning they awoke to dead birds on their doorstep. The birds' throats had been slit — a threat that the same could happen to him if he continued sharing Christ. He has had to relocate his apartment several times after landlords discovered his ministry and told him to leave.