NEW YORK (BP)--Maria Teresa "Tess" Castaneda, an employee of the United Nations in Manhattan, had plenty of cause to grieve last year. She suffered the death of her father and more recently the loss of her possessions in an apartment fire.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (BP)--The incident was typical of many encountered by Rob and Sandra Stip at the Pago Pago Seafarer's Center. A ship's owners had a reputation for having "never paid a penny to anyone, and when the crew complained they were thrown off the ship, arrested and deported," said Rob Stip.
ATLANTA (BP)--When Chris McNairy sees an apartment building, he looks beyond the concrete walls and screened-in patios to the individuals inside as they eat dinner, watch television and put their children to bed.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (BP)--Isaiah Mejia knows the stakes are high in Las Vegas. Six-figure numbers race through his mind nearly every day. But you won't find Mejia pulling levers on slot machines, rolling a pair of dice in a game of craps or anxiously hovering over a spinning roulette wheel.
MONTREAL (BP)--Many North American missionaries see themselves as being ambassadors for Christ. Georges Boujakly also sees himself as being an ambassador for Southern Baptists.
TOPEKA, Kan. (BP)--A blending of old and new methods provides Randy Cowling with the tools he needs to direct missions at Kaw Valley Baptist Association in northeastern Kansas. Meeting pastors over a cup of coffee is still the most personal way of remaining aware of the needs of churches, Cowling said. And yet, interacting with them online offers a new dimension of keeping churches informed of ministry opportunities.
LARKSPUR, Colo. (BP)--Allan Karr learned the importance of mentor relationships early on, when at 15 years old a man by the name of Jon Cook befriended him and helped him discover God's plan for his life.
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Just one block from New Orleans' glitzy French Quarter district and glamorous Canal Street is the last place most thrill-seekers would step into when they're headed to "The city that care forgot" -- where "Laissez les bon temps roullez" ("Let the good times roll") is the death-defying force behind the actions of some men and women.