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Pandemic Heightens Need to Engage Local Communities

V. J. Sanchez doesn’t mince words when she describes the significance of Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps in the life of a local church or community. “I believe that every community should have a Christian Women’s/Christian Men’s Job Corps because of the great need across the United States,” she declared. “Why […]

Chaplaincy Ministry Takes Gospel to Dairy Workers

Dozens of dairies with hundreds of workers and thousands of dairy cows surround Portales, New Mexico. While the milk barns scattered across Eastern New Mexico and West Texas represent huge business ventures, Foundations of Faith (Fundamentos de Fe) dairy ministry views the dairy farms as a fertile mission field. Melissa Lamb, president of New Mexico […]

SALT Encourages Young Women to Impact Their Community and World

Kristi Moore has vivid memories of growing up in Mission Friends, Girls in Action, and Acteens at her home church of First Baptist, Amarillo, Texas.

Military wives ‘have their cup filled’ at WMU retreat

SOPHIA, N.C. (BP) – Military wives and families "share their loved one with the world," said Mary Gray, a former military wife and current military family advocate. She is committed to serving the families of those she calls "the sons and daughters of America."

Mt. Lebanon Marks Ministry Milestone Despite COVID’s Impact on Camp Season

Mt. Lebanon Retreat and Conference Center has been making a spiritual impact in the lives of campers for nearly seventy-five years. But this year’s summer camp season has been unlike any previous year in Mt. Lebanon’s history.

‘Love of Neighbor’: Amarillo Church’s Language Ministry Equips Internationals from Twenty-Five Nations

Ministering to internationals is nothing new for First Baptist Church of Amarillo, Texas. In fact, the current program’s early roots date back to World War II and the Korean War.

New England WMU president reflects on spiritual journey from Ghana to U.S.

LEOMINSTER, Mass. -- When Doris Opoku and her family immigrated to the United States from Ghana in 2008, they had no idea what ministry opportunities God had in store for them.

Husband’s incarceration leads to passion for ‘forgotten families’

GALATIA, Ill. (BP) -- "Why did you become involved in corrections ministry?" It was a fair question that Karen Vinyard always had a good answer for: "My husband is incarcerated." Vinyard, a longtime Illinois Woman's Missionary Union leader, began volunteering in corrections ministry while her husband was serving 13 years in prison for drug-related charges. Their daughter, who was 10 years old when her father was arrested, grew up, graduated from college and got married while her dad was in prison.

Michigan ministry center adapts amid pandemic

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (BP) -- Launching an innovative ministry center in metro Detroit has been quite a rollercoaster ride for Sue Hodnett and her volunteer ministry team. The center opened in January in a small, tidy storefront in Shelby Township, Mich., offering Bible studies, one-on-one counseling and mentoring sessions, a "Mission Friends with Mom" pilot project and a food bank partnership.

Ohio Girls in Action consultant practices flexibility amid crisis

FAIRBORN, Ohio (BP) -- What does a missions leader do when her Girls in Action group can't meet together? For Ginny Howell, the answer is simple: Form a one-woman neighborhood parade and go to them -- from a safe social distance, of course. Howell, statewide GA consultant for the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, is in her fifth year as the GA director at First Baptist Church of Fairborn, Ohio. But she and her grade-school GA girls have never experienced a year of Girls in Action quite like this one.