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CUATRO SENCILLAS MANERAS DE CELEBRAR SIGNIFICATIVAMENTE EL ADVIENTO


El Adviento ha llegado. Las velas arden en los servicios dominicales, las luces del árbol de Navidad destellan, y hasta una brisa fresca se deja sentir en mi rincón de Texas.

El Adviento es la temporada que apartamos para recordar y esperar con ansia a nuestro Rey que penetra el mundo del sufrimiento humano. La temporada es un vivo ejemplo del gozo y la espera que sentimos al celebrar el nacimiento de nuestro Salvador.

Y sin embargo, el entusiasmo del Adviento parece estar en marcado contraste con el sufrimiento y la oscuridad que caracterizan a nuestra presente sociedad.

Todo lo que existe en nuestra cultura parece exhalar un... [continue]

EL ÚLTIMO 5o DOMINGO DEL AÑO DE LA OFRENDA CONTRA EL HAMBRE Y EL ESTRENO DEL NUEVO VI


¡Buenas noticias! El

video

 de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre está listo para que usted lo vea.

“La Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas en acción en España” se enfoca en el ministerio de repartición de alimentos de la Iglesia Evangélica Bautista en Cerdanyola, España, un ministerio de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre.

El video presenta a Antonia y Pedro, una pareja con problemas financieros debido a la crisis económica del 2008 en España. Después de recibir ayuda respondieron al llamado de servir a su comunidad diariamente en agradecimiento por lo que se les había dado.

Hay dos versiones del video: La con una duración... [continue]

Last 5th Sunday Hunger Offering of Year and New Video Released


Good news! The new Hunger Offering video is now released and ready to watch.

“Texas Baptist Hunger Offering at work in Spain” highlights Iglesia Evangelica Bautista’s food pantry in Cerdanyola, Spain, a Hunger Offering ministry. 

The video introduces Antonia and Pedro, a couple who struggled financially due to the Spanish economic crash in 2008. After receiving assistance, they answered the call to give back and serve their community on a weekly basis. 

There are two versions of the video. The full-length version is two-and-a-half minutes, while the short version is only a minute long. Both videos are bilingual in Spanish and... [continue]

¡CUMPLIMOS 20 AÑOS!


¡Cumplimos 20 años! Salir de la adolescencia significa que ustedes, iglesias e individuos que ofrendan, nos han ayudado a crecer y a madurar.

Es asombroso ver en retrospectiva las dos décadas en las que la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas ha ayudado a superar la pobreza. En esos 20 años se han recolectado más de 15 millones de dólares para ayudar a personas a alimentar a sus familias. 

Así que ahora estamos listos para celebrar como familia bautista tejana, y usted está cordialmente invitado.

• Qué: Una comida para celebrar el 20o aniversario

• Quién: ¡Usted! y sus amigos de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre... [continue]

Hunger Offering turns 20!


We’re 20 years old! Being out of our teens means that you -- churches and individuals who give -- have helped us grow and mature.

As we look back at two decades of the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering helping people overcome poverty, it is astonishing. In those 20 years, more than $15 million have been raised to help people feed their families and get out of poverty.

So now, we are ready to celebrate as a Texas Baptist family and you are invited.

  • What: 20th Anniversary Hunger Luncheon 
  • Who: You! And our Hunger Offering friends -- churches, past and present CLC staff (with a special video hello from Suzii Paynter), and
... [continue]

CWJC (Corporación Femenil Laboral) PROMUEVE AUTOESTIMA Y AUTOSUFICIENCIA EN ABILENE


En el 2014, Brandy decidió hacer un cambio. “Sabía que necesitaba hacer algo diferente después de que accidentalmente tomé más medicamento del que debía tomar”, dijo. “Pude haber muerto; fue entonces cuando mi novio y yo decidimos hacer algo al respecto”.

Brandy supo de la organización CWJB en Abilene por una amiga de su iglesia que la invitó a una de las clases semanales de entrenamiento laboral.

CWJC ayuda a mujeres a tomar pasos hacia la autosuficiencia en sus hogares al ofrecerles entrenamiento para la vida diaria, para encontrar empleo, y les ofrece apoyo comunitario y emocional. Como ministerio de la Unión Femenil... [continue]

CWJC builds confidence and self-sufficiency in Abilene


In 2014, Brandy decided to make a change.

“I really knew I needed to do something different after I accidentally took too much of a certain medication,” she said. “It should have killed me. That’s when my boyfriend and I decided to do something.”

Brandy learned about the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Abilene from a friend at her church who invited her to some of the job skills classes offered on a weekly basis.

The Christian Women’s Job Corps helps women make decisions to build self-sufficiency into their households by offering job and life skills training, community and emotional support. A ministry of Woman's Missionary... [continue]

LOS NERVIOS DEL REGRESO A CLASES


Mi sobrina, Caroline, tiene dos años. Es preciosa y recientemente regresó a casa después de su primer día de clases con una confesión a mi hermana.

“Teno (tengo) nebos (nervios)”, le dijo a mi hermana en el auto de camino a casa. Caroline es inteligente, y mi hermana también lo es.

Los niños experimentan muchas cosas nuevas al entrar por primera vez en un salón de clases. Nuevos maestros, nuevos compañeros de clase, nuevas reglas; es, sin lugar a dudas, una experiencia abrumadora.

Todos sabemos lo que es tener miedo a lo desconocido.

Pocas cosas son tan universalmente desconcertantes como la posibilidad de hacer algo nuevo... [continue]

Back to school nerves


My niece, Caroline, is two years old. She is precious and recently returned from her first day at preschool with a confession to make.

“I feel nerbus (nervous),” she told my sister on the car ride home. Caroline is a bright kid. My sister is, too.

Many unknowns await children as they walk through the threshold of a new classroom. New teacher, new classmates, new rules -- it is a daunting experience to say the least.

Everybody knows what it is like to be afraid of the unknown. Few things are as universally unnerving as the prospect of doing something new among people we’ve never met. Times like these remind us how earnestly we... [continue]

Que el Amor sea Genuino: Una Historia de la Ofrenda Contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas


El pueblo de España está "verdaderamente cansados de oír de Cristo... Lo que ellos necesitan es ver el amor verdadero por medio de gente verdadera", proclamó valientemente el pastor Antonio Calero Cerrado.

El pastor Calero Cerrado dirige el ministerio de alcance de la Iglesia Evangélica Bautista La Trinidad en Denia, España. Él y el pastor Jorge han guiado juntos la floreciente iglesia, con un promedio de 400 de asistencia semanal, en un campamento bautista por los últimos 40 años.

Ambos pastores enfatizaron la dificultad de evangelizar en España. La historia de la iglesia está forjada en persecuciones, números menguantes y el... [continue]

Let Love Be Genuine: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story


The people of Spain are “really tired of hearing about Christ. ... They need to see real love, real love through real people,” Pastor Antonio Calero Cerrado boldly proclaimed.

Pastor Cerrado heads an outreach ministry of Iglesia Evangelica Bautista La Trinidad in Denia, Spain. He and Pastor Jorge Pastor have co-led the thriving church, averaging 400 in attendance in week, at a Baptist campground for the past 40 years.

Both pastors highlighted the difficulty of evangelism in Spain. The church history is wrought with persecution, dwindling numbers, and community disdain. Despite the barriers, the Lord has answered their prayers... [continue]

Nueva Vida en la Comunidad Christiana: Una Historia de la Ofrenda Contra el Hambre


Una fiesta para el bebito que viene puede parecer simple: regalos, flores, risas; la fiesta es un momento para preparar y celebrar la nueva vida que viene y la familia que con ello crece. El amor y la expectativa son la esencia de la vida en Cristo, y si bien esta práctica podría resultar muy común para algunos, se trata de algo que puede marcar una gran diferencia para una nueva madre en un nuevo país.

La Dra. Zamira Izadi Page sabe a la perfección el tipo de impacto que este tipo de celebraciones puede tener en la vida de una madre refugiada. Como fundadora y directora ejecutiva de Gateway of Grace, ella celebra un número... [continue]

New Life In Christian Community - A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story


A baby shower seems simple. Gifts, flowers, laughter; the party is a time of preparation and celebration of new life and a growing family. Love and expectancy are the essence of life in Christ. And while this practice may seem commonplace to some, it can make all the difference for a new mom in a new country.

Dr. Samira Izadi Page knows just how impactful a baby shower can be for a refugee mom. As the founder and executive of director of Gateway of Grace, she throws her fair share of celebrations. Gateway of Grace is a Dallas-based ministry that provides services and Christian care for refugees from nine countries, including... [continue]

Babs Baugh honored by Global Women


“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10, NRSV

We are excited to announce that Babs Baugh will receive the Global Heart Award at the upcoming Global Women’s 15th Birthday Gala during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly in Greensboro, N.C..

Global Women is a Hunger Offering recipient that seeks to love and serve vulnerable women across the globe. The award highlights Babs’ commitment to stewarding the “manifold grace of God” and caring for people who live on the margins. 

Congratulations, Babs Baugh!  

Babs Baugh is president... [continue]

New Hunger Offering video released


Good news! The new Texas Baptist Hunger Offering video is ready to watch and share!

This video provides an overview of the Hunger Offering, highlights footage of people impacted by Hunger Offering initiatives, and displays the gospel in action. Not to mention it has cool graphics created by my friend, Josef.

I recently ate at Whataburger for the first time.

I know. The Texans are shocked.

As directed by the accompanying party, I ordered a Number 1 meal with cheese. Admittedly, I was pleasantly surprised by the experience despite my initial reservations.

The total for my meal was $5.59. Feeding America estimates that a... [continue]

El Nuevo Video de la Ofrenda Contra el Hambre


¡Buenas noticias! ¡El nuevo video de la Ofrenda Contra el Hambre ya está disponible para verse (en inglés)  y compartirse!

Este video muestra una presentación de la Ofenda contra el Hambre (en inglés), momentos importantes de personas que han sido  impactadas por la Ofrenda contra el Hambre, y una demostración del evangelio en acción, sin mencionar las lindas gráficas que mi amigo Josef creó.

Recientemente comí por primera vez en el restaurante de hamburguesas Whataburger. Ya sé, los tejanos se sorprenden. Por consejo de las personas con las que fui,  ordené el combo número uno con queso. Debo admitir que quedé gratamente... [continue]

Mayo es un Mes Para Celebrar y Dar


El mes de mayo es un mes de celebraciones y compañerismo familiar. Mientras pasamos tiempo honrando

a nuestras madres y deseándole lo mejor a los recién graduados, algunas personas en nuestra comunidad enfrentarán la realidad de la inseguridad alimenticia.

En Texas, una en cada seis familias no sabe de dónde vendrá su siguiente comida.* En el mundo, uno de cada nueve de sus habitantes sufre de malnutrición.** El hambre es un problema abrumador, pero podemos responder por medio de una esperanza práctica.

Cuando enfrento problemas difíciles, a menudo me paralizan mis dudas: ¿Cómo puedo marcar una diferencia?...¿Qué tipo de... [continue]

May is a time for celebrating and giving


May is a month of celebration and gathering around the table. As we take time to honor mothers and wish our best to recent grads, several in our communities will face the reality of food insecurity. In Texas, one in six families do not know where they will get their next meal.* Globally, one in nine of our neighbors are malnourished.** Hunger is an overwhelming issue, but we may respond with practical hope.

When facing complex problems, I sometimes find myself feeling frozen by my own questions: "How can I make a dent...What type of food do people need or want?"

To others who may feel small before a giant need, I offer this bit... [continue]

​Help That Makes A Difference


(Ali hearon will lead a workshop titled "Community Transformation: Foundations for Community Ministry" at the Micah 6:8 Conference March 31-April 1 at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. The conference will feature authors Jen and Brandon Hatmaker.)

Amy has an outgoing personality, lots of perseverance, and a heart for service. Her welcoming presence and vivacious sense of humor draw others to her in friendship. Amy also happens to be in recovery from an intense addiction to alcohol that has wreaked havoc on her life and relationships.

Amy is now living in sobriety in Trinity, though her name is changed here. She is surrounded by... [continue]

​Waco ministry digging in the dirt with students


"In the garden you learn a lot about identity," Kaley explained, as we discussed World Hunger Relief's School Garden Project.

WHRI, in Waco, is a "Christian organization committed to the alleviation of hunger around the world" through sustainable farming. While WHRI, supported by multiple Baptist churches, has agricultural programs internationally, such as in Liberia, El Salvador, and Haiti, they also have projects here in Texas.

The Texas Baptist Hunger Offering is a long-time partner of WHRI. Currently, the offering supports the ministry's School Gardening Project in three local schools. The project is an afterschool... [continue]

Pull Up a Chair this November


I am a true fan of November.

Situated at the end of autumn and the dawn of winter, November welcomes scarf weather, soup, apple cider, and of course—Thanksgiving. Even though I am admittedly biased due to my November birthday, I fervently believe that Thanksgiving is the best holiday.

Think about it.

Thanksgiving is a day that solely focuses on gathering friends and family around a table for the sake of gratitude, community, and sweet potato casserole (the perfect food). What an ingenious idea!

My home is no exception. The Hearon family is known for its "open table" policy. I never know who will be attending, but I... [continue]

From brokenness to redeemed: Community transformation and the church


When teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus declared to the Father, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). His prayer was an invitation for redemption – but it was also a bit of a cliffhanger.

How does a community go from brokenness to redeemed as it is in heaven? What does it look like for those words to become flesh? While I do not have a complete answer, I do believe the Lord has charged churches with a divine call to act as catalysts for this transformational process.

Isaiah 58:12 says:

Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;you... [continue]

My First 90 Days


It is hard to believe today marks exactly three months since I started working for Texas Baptists.

As I reflect on this first quarter at the Christian Life Commission, I cannot help but be grateful for this season of learning and connecting.

This summer has been a whirlwind of conferences across the state, meetings with ministries and associations, and planning for upcoming events and materials. My new role proves itself to be dynamic, exhilarating, and forever stretching -- for which I am exceedingly grateful!

Stepping back from the many moving parts, I am keenly aware of God at work in Texas. With each visit, meeting, or even... [continue]