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SBC DIGEST: New SBC podcast for Spanish speakers; ‘Supply Day’ gets SWBTS students ready for year

New podcast, Vida SBC, for Spanish speakers

Martha Espinoza and Luis López

NASHVILLE (BP) – Starting August 15, a new podcast in Spanish kicks off discussing topics related to Christian living and the Southern Baptist Convention. The new initiative is hosted by Luis López, executive director of Hispanic Relations and Mobilization with the SBC Executive Committee, and Martha Espinoza, administrative assistant to the Executive Committee’s Great Commission Group.

The podcast will be published every two weeks. Its goal is to help keep church leaders informed, motivated and up to date with what’s happening through news, interviews and commentary.

“We will talk about what is happening within the local church and especially in the Hispanic church in the United States,” Lopez said.

The podcast can be found on iTunes, Spotify and other podcast platforms and is available for subscription so listeners can be notified of new episodes. It can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at SBCnespanol or on the website link at sbc.net/Hispanic.

To receive a reminder of the first episode, register here: VidaSBC-Registración

Supply Day provides SWBTS, TBC students, families goods to begin the academic year

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – More than 100 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Texas Baptist College students and family members benefited from this year’s annual Supply Day, held August 8 at the Recreation and Aerobics Center (RAC). The day included a giveaway of toys, books, furniture, housewares, and other items benefitting international students and other students on the Fort Worth campus.

The Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) of the Tarrant Baptist Association coordinated the event, in partnership with the International Student Services Office at Southwestern. 

Firmato Rodriguez, director of International Student Services at Southwestern Seminary, said that the preparation for Supply Day was the biggest part of the work, but seeing the students come to the RAC made Supply Day a busy but fun day.

“The students appreciate it because it’s free for them and they need household items,” said Rodriguez. “Most of the international students go back to their countries following graduation, so this is missions to students around the world.”

Southwestern Seminary has hundreds of students from at least 45 different countries, Rodriquez said. He said that events like Supply Day help set a friendly tone for the international students, who are getting to know the area and the country. Many of students have never been to the United States before coming to Southwestern, Rodriquez added. 

Naomi Key, director of Tarrant Baptist Association’s WMU the last four years, said this year’s turnout was a great success both in the number of students helped as well as the collection of supplies. 

“More than 25 churches participated this year,” Key said. “We received supplies from a number of resources.” She cited the example of Bill and Lola Warren, former missionaries to Brazil and he was former pastor of Southwayside Baptist Church in Fort Worth. “She just passed away in June and the family donated a lot of their furniture and household goods.” 

In addition to the items available for selection at the RAC, Rodriguez said Brother’s Keeper, a free clothing supply organization, and Daily Bread, which supplies food, was next door in the Walsh Counseling Center building. This helped introduce new students to food and clothing supplies available throughout the year.

Key expressed appreciation for the individuals who volunteered at the event, including seminary personnel, 20 ladies from the TBA WMU, and Southwestern and TBC students.

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