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SBC DIGEST: Gateway professor Lisa Hoff dies; IMB workers focus on prayer

Lisa Hoff, Gateway Seminary professor and former missionary, died Monday (Sept 21) after a sudden illness. She was 51. In 2012, a church in Texas committed to pray for an unengaged people group in Northern Africa, even knowing they would not have access to much, if any, information or updates.

SBC DIGEST: Oklahoma Baptists to hold abbreviated meeting; North Carolina Baptists dedicate disaster relief hub

Members of Oklahoma Baptists’ state convention board of directors gathered Tuesday (Sept. 15) at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City, to meet, pray, hear ministry and financial reports, as well as finalize plans for the upcoming annual meeting in November. Two years after Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina with devastating force, North Carolina Baptists on Mission dedicated a new ministry hub near Rose Hill, N.C.

SBC DIGEST: California Baptists’ annual meeting canceled; Gateway begins VP transitions

Cancellation of the 2020 California Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting topped items of business at the CSBC Executive Board meeting held virtually Sept. 10; Gateway Seminary has launched executive searches for a new vice president for academic services and a new vice president for business services to be added to the seminary's executive leadership team.

SBC DIGEST: Georgia pastor Fred Evers dies; Florida Pastor Heath Lambert to have brain surgery

Fred Evers, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, died Monday (Sept. 7). He was 64. Heath Lambert, pastor of First Baptist Church Jacksonville, announced Sept. 6 that he will undergo surgery on his brain to treat a neurological condition.

DISASTER RELIEF DIGEST: 140 churches damaged; Hundreds of volunteers mobilized

Hurricane Laura’s 140-mph, Category 4 winds considered nothing sacred, including houses of worship. ppi Baptist Disaster Relief (MBDR) teams were in the first wave of a large response of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams rolling into Louisiana after Hurricane Laura raked the state Aug. 27.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: NOBTS holds delayed convocation; SEBTS to sponsor popular podcast

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Jamie Dew posed a question to the audience gathered Sept. 3 for convocation, the official start of the academic year. In a joint effort to equip believers to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is sponsoring Season 5 of the "Knowing Faith" podcast.

DISASTER RELIEF DIGEST: Oklahoma, Kentucky disaster relief teams bring aid to Louisiana

Work has begun for 80-plus Oklahoma and Kentucky Baptist volunteers in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

FROM THE COLLEGES: Pro-life advocate speaks at Union University; Enrollment grows at Ouachita Baptist University, University of Mobile

The Union University Auxiliary hosted "An Evening with Abby Johnson." Ouachita Baptist University enrollment is the highest since 2000, while the University of Mobile's is highest in five years.

DISASTER RELIEF DIGEST: 20 units deployed in Texas; DR video update from Iowa

Volunteer teams with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Disaster Relief continue to provide hurricane relief to Southeast Texas by preparing meals and cleaning up debris. The communications director for the Baptist Convention of Iowa captured video reports from pastors and Disaster Reliefs teams on the field in Iowa.

FROM THE STATES: Georgia church pays off medical debt; Outlaw biker turns to Christ

Georgia church helps pay off millions in medical debt; From outlaw biker to living for Jesus.