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SBC DIGEST: Falls Creek camper dies after cardiac event; SEBTS to offer 75% discount to IMB workers

Falls Creek camper dies after ‘major cardiac event’

By BP Staff

DAVIS, Okla. (BP) – A camper at Oklahoma Baptists’ Falls Creek youth camp has died after suffering what leaders called a “major cardiac event” July 5.

The camper was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was reported the next day (July 6) to have made a slight improvement. But Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Executive Director Todd Fisher announced the young man’s death July 7 in a letter shared on social media.

“It grieves me beyond description to share with you this young man has passed away,” Fisher said in the letter. “Our hearts are broken as we grieve this tragic loss and for his family who is experiencing unimaginable pain.”

Fisher went on to thank Oklahoma Baptists for their prayers and asked for continued prayers for the camper’s family and for “his church and our Falls Creek staff, who have served so well amid these tragic circumstances.”

SEBTS increases IMB scholarship to 75%

By Chad Burchett

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) has announced increased scholarship awards for full-time, fully funded missionaries sent out by the International Mission Board (IMB).

“We recognize that theological education can be a financial burden for many missionary families, so I am delighted that God has blessed Southeastern with the ability to offer IMB missionaries and their families increased scholarship opportunities,” said SEBTS President Danny Akin. “It is my prayer that reducing tuition costs for IMB missionaries will enable generations of warriors for Christ to be equipped and sent out for ministry in rural towns, urban centers, and hard-to-reach places around the world.”

Southeastern recently announced that IMB missionaries are now eligible to be awarded scholarships covering 75 percent of tuition and student enrollment fees. Until now, the coverage has been 50 percent.

“We are excited to better serve students who are committed to going to the nations by removing financial obstacles so that they can help fulfill the Great Commission,” said David Phillips, director of student resources and financial aid. “Thanks to generous donors who want to support international missions, we have been able to increase these awards to scholarships covering 75 percent of their tuition and student enrollment fees.”

Active IMB missionaries can receive these increased scholarships for their undergraduate, graduate or advanced degrees. Eligible recipients also include students currently in the Journeyman and International Service Core (ISC) program as well as students who have recently completed the Journeyman and ISC program. The Journeyman and ISC scholarship is awarded to students who have completed their program within the past three years and are pursuing their first master’s degree at SEBTS.

Eligible students may receive this increased scholarship for the duration of their degree at SEBTS. Students may also choose to take in-person or online classes without jeopardizing their eligibility for these scholarships. To learn more about specific eligibility requirements for these scholarships as well as other missions scholarships, visit SEBTS Missions Scholarships Page.

“Southeastern is a Great Commission seminary because the Great Commission is the final marching orders of King Jesus,” Akin said. “That is why we challenge students to live missionally and why we love to equip future missionaries and missionaries already on the field with biblical and theological training for ministry.”

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