EDITOR'S NOTE: The following five articles highlight some significant yet relatively unknown faith-based programs. These do not receive government subsidies, but are supported solely through the faithful and sacrificial giving of Southern Baptists. Perhaps each separately and these collectively establish a model for doing the type of faith-based programs that are so prominently discussed in policy circles today.
However, we recognize that there are faith-based programs that do not enjoy the generous level of support these five programs enjoy --through the strong cooperation of Southern Baptists -- and that those may need funding assistance as might be made available through President Bush's initiative on faith-based programs.
ROCK HILL, S.C. (BP)--There's a street on the Catawba Indian Nation reservation in Rock Hill named World Changers Lane -- a lasting tribute to the students who helped build four new houses there in the summer of 1996. World Changers volunteers have since returned to the South Carolina reservation each year to rehabilitate a total of 228 homes.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP)--When 11-year-old Antoine Currenton walked into the storefront church, he planned just to "hang out" and get a free snack. He had no idea of the changes God was preparing for his life.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Evidence for the success of Christian Women's Job Corps is plentiful.
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--His background as a successful businessman was of no help to Mel Jones when an addiction to crack cocaine left him homeless for nearly a year. But then someone told Jones about the Clovis T. Brantley Center in New Orleans, one of at least 100 ministry centers operated by Southern Baptists across the country.
SEVEN SPRINGS, N.C. (BP)--W.A. Weeks was familiar with Southern Baptists, particularly Seven Springs Baptist Church where his wife was a member and he attended sporadically. But it wasn't until he experienced Christianity through Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers from Seven Springs and other churches that he realized his own need for a personal relationship with Christ.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Assessing the need for -- and tallying up available resources -- are the starting points in five key steps for launching a local Christian Women's Jobs Corps ministry: