BRUNSWICK, Maine (BP) -- Sometimes accepting God's call to missions means being willing to pack up your family and head back home. At least that was the case for Katie Upton Wood. Katie and her husband, Brandton, along with their three daughters, Corley Hannah, Rose and Callann, relocated from Georgia to Maine a few years ago to help reach New England with the hope of Christ. The visible fruit of their missions calling is Hope Church, a growing congregation launched in 2017 in Brunswick, Maine.
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- How do an abusive childhood, Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) involvement and harp music merge into a ministry aimed at addressing domestic violence issues? For Jocelyn Henry-Whitehead, it's the story of her turbulent childhood being transformed into practical ministry geared toward others who suffer the trauma of domestic violence.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director. Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings. She currently serves as a volunteer triage nurse at Mission First, a primary care clinic for low-income uninsured individuals and families in Jackson, Miss. Baptist Nursing Fellowship, a ministry partner with national WMU (Woman's Missionary Union), was established in 1983. It provides continuing education, missions opportunities and fellowship for Baptist nurses serving in the U.S. and on mission fields around the world.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- Why travel from South Africa to attend a ministry training conference in Alabama? For Patricia Ihlenfeldt, the answer is succinct: "to be encouraged and refocused and reenergized." Ihlenfeldt, from the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, is director of its Women's Department. She was among 130-plus leaders and staff members at 2018 Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps National Meeting at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala.