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FIRST-PERSON: The wisdom of the ages

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – A friend recounted her visit to a family member in an assisted living facility. Not only did she spend time with her relative, she also had a long chat with a few other residents and their families. “I don’t think we do that enough,” she said, explaining how the group – varied in age and life experience – simply enjoyed each other’s company.

10-year-old new believer helps mission team lead dozens of others to Christ

JONESBORO, Ga. – A 10-year-old Native American boy who came to faith in Christ earlier this month in Montana has inspired a mission team from Jonesboro’s First Baptist Church with his enthusiasm for reaching others with the Gospel.

Church’s foster care ministry focused on school-age children

SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (BP) – The new school year can be especially tumultuous for children in foster care, Union Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jacob Smith learned as the church prayed about the viability of a foster care ministry.

Contextualized ministry guides Montana pastor in outreach

SHELBY, Mont. (BP) – You wouldn’t think a pastor would have much in common with the bassist for one of rock’s legendary bands, but there’s a connection to be made.

Inmate wants to turn Death Row into ‘Life Row’

LIVINGSTON, Texas (BP) – About 200 of the inmates at the Allan B. Polunsky Unit – a Texas Department of Criminal Justice maximum-security prison near Livingston – are housed on Death Row, where prisoners typically spend 23 hours a day in a small, single-occupancy cell.

California church partners with Peruvian church in multiplication efforts

LIMA, Peru (BP) – An ongoing partnership between First Baptist Church Hesperia, Calif., and Morado de Dios in Lima, Peru, has been a blessing for both churches, First Baptist Pastor Richard Spring said.

Dallas church bringing Gospel to thousands through food ministry

DALLAS (BP) – For Johnnie Bradley, pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for the past 16 years, the struggles of the pandemic meant increased opportunities to share the Gospel by expanding the church’s longtime Messiah Ministry outreach.

BCM opens heart, doors for college student-turned missionary

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) – As a kid, Asleigh Wilson certainly had no plans to work in missions, but through Calvary Baptist Church and the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) at Middle Tennessee State University, God captured this first-generation college student’s heart for Him. Now graduated, she plans to spend her life telling others about Him.

FIRST-PERSON: Be ready

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Today we’re one day closer to the Rapture of the Church.

Seeds of rural ministry thrive with prayer and patience, South Dakota pastors say

HURON, S.D. (BP) – A recent sermon at Huron Baptist Church included a concept held in high regard by pastor Ian Harp and his peers. It’s a concept that applies both to the life of a minister as well as to the farmers who populate his church, town and surrounding area.