April 2017


ENCUENTRO CON LA LIBERTAD EN LA PRISIÓN


La prisión no es un lugar en el que las personas esperan encontrar libertad, pero es en donde la encontró Lovinah Igbani.

“En el 2010, cuando mi bebé tenía tres semanas de nacido, fui acusada de manufacturar hidrocodona con intento de distribuirla, dijo Igbani. “Me dieron una condena de ocho años. Mi esposo se quedó con las niñas por aproximadamente 10 meses y después de eso le llevó el bebé a una prima … y a mi hija mayor a vivir con la familia de una amiga de ella.

“[En la prisión] … redediqué mi vida a Cristo y comencé a leer... [continue]

LA HOSPITALIDAD NOS LLEVA A “HACERLE LUGAR” A DIOS Y A OTROS


Últimamente Dios ha puesto la práctica de la hospitalidad en mi corazón, especialmente la frase “hacer espacio”. ¿Cómo se traduce esto en nuestras vidas? Primero que nada, siento que debo hacerle lugar a Dios. Crear un espacio de descanso en él, meditar en su palabra, y pasar tiempo en oración. También siento que debo hacerle lugar a otros: practicar la hospitalidad. Para mí esto significa recibir visitas en mi hogar y conectarme con nuevos amigos que son diferentes de mí.

En una escala mayor, la Ofrenda contra el... [continue]

Hospitality leads us to "make room" -- for God and others


Lately, God has been putting the practice of hospitality on my heart. Specifically the phrase “make room.”

What does it look like to make room in our lives? I feel compelled to first make room for God. Create space to rest in Him, dwell in His Word, and abide in prayer.

I am also convicted to make room for others -- to practice hospitality. For me, this looks like welcoming guests into my home and connecting with new friends who are different than me.

On a much larger scale, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering allows me to “make... [continue]

Meeting needs on the border: A Texas Baptist Hunger Offering story


Many people who live in Agua Dulce, a small community in the southeast region of El Paso, have limited access to food and medical care. A large percentage of the community consists of undocumented immigrants and many families do not have fathers and husbands to provide for basic needs. Texas Baptists River Ministry Coordinator Jesus Galarza has worked around Agua Dulce for several years and has built trust with the residents in order to help meet basic needs.

This spring, Galarza coordinated a medical mission trip... [continue]

Fight hunger! Give April 30 or Mother's Day or both


Two Hunger Offering Sundays are coming soon!

  • April 30 - 5th Sunday Hunger Offering

  • May 14 - Mother’s Day Hunger Offering

These are great opportunities for the Kingdom! We would love your help to promote the dates to your churches and via social media.

Below are a few sample posts and graphics. Also, check out the new Mother's Day video with Dr. Hardage and Terri from Exodus ministries. Shout-out to Communications for doing a great job!

Facebook:

April 30 is a #HungerOffering 5th Sunday!... [continue]

First Baptist Midland to host free child sexual abuse prevention training workshop for church leade


MIDLAND -- Texas Baptists, a state-wide denominational convention of more than 5,300 congregations, is partnering with MinistrySafe, a national leader in sexual abuse risk reduction, to provide nine regional child sexual abuse prevention training workshops throughout 2017.

First Baptist Church Midland will sponsor the third of nine Church Safety Workshops on Thurs., April 27. The workshop is free of charge to church leaders around the Midland and Odessa region, but registration is... [continue]

Finding freedom in prison


Editor’s note: April is Second Chances Month for the Christian Life Commission in partnership with Prison Fellowship, celebrating a commitment to re-entry ministries, public policy and helping individuals like Lovinah Igbani find freedom through the Gospel.

Prison isn’t a place where people expect to find freedom. But that’s where it happened for Lovinah Igbani.

“In 2010, when my baby was three weeks old, I was charged with manufacturing with the intent to deliver hydrocodone,” Igbani said. “I was sentenced to eight years. My husband kept the girls for... [continue]

Nine-member Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Missouri playground case


By John Litzler

Today (April 19), the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is hearing oral arguments in one of the most important religious liberty cases of the last few decades. SCOTUS, which only had an eight-member court since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last February, has a full bench for the first time in over a year. In January, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. On April 7, Justice Gorsuch was confirmed just in time to begin hearing cases on... [continue]

LA SEMANA PASADA HOY: NOTICIAS DE ÚLTIMA HORA DEL CAPITOLIO


Esta semana me gustaría resaltar varios proyectos de ley relacionados con nuestras prioridades políticas que la Comisión apoya. Dieciocho bautistas de todo el Estado de Texas fijan las prioridades de política pública de la Comisión que representan un gran segmento de la vida de los Bautistas de Texas. Si desea leer las prioridades políticas establecidas por nuestros comisionados de la Sesión Legislativa 85ª, aquí.

HB1936

HB 1936 le prohíbe a los gobiernos de ciudades y municipios hacer contratos con proveedores de abortos.... [continue]

Prioridades Legislativas de la Comisión 2016-2017


Menores de edad y familias

Educación

●   Apoyar el acceso a educación pública de calidad para todos los estudiantes en Texas, pero especialmente para los niños de alto riesgo y familias de bajos recursos.

●   Apoyar el fortalecimiento de las escuelas públicas para asegurarse que todos los educandos en Texas tengan acceso a escuelas públicas de calidad. Esto incluye esfuerzos para cerrar la brecha del aprendizaje, aumentar el financiamiento estatal para las escuelas públicas, y la expansión de programas de prevención a la... [continue]

LAS IGLESIAS BAUTISTAS DE TEXAS COLABORAN PARA PROVEER AGUA A UNA COMUNIDAD NECESITADA EN LIBERIA


No todos tienen fácil acceso a una de las necesidades más básicas: el agua.

Cerca de 25,000 personas en Brewerville, Liberia tienen que caminar de cinco a diez millas cada día para obtener agua potable. A veces el agua ni siquiera está limpia.

Tom Howe, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Birdville, en Fort Worth, supo de la necesidad a través de la Misión Lott Carey (LCM, por sus siglas en inglés), por medio de las donaciones que su iglesia hizo a la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas... [continue]

EL VIERNES SANTO DESENMASCARA AL PECADO


El difunto pastor afroamericano Gardner C. Taylor habló en una ocasión de la crucifixión de Jesús como un evento que desenmascaraba al pecado.

En Juan 17:4, Jesús ora al Padre con estas palabras: “Yo te he glorificado en la tierra; y he llevado a cabo la obra que me encomendaste”.

Un poco tiempo después, Jesús, en la cruz, “cruzó el caudaloso río de la muerte”, afirmó Taylor. “En la medida que se acerca al otro lado, un llanto surge de sus labios: ‘Consumado es’, y con ese último gemido cruza el reino de los mortales. Es claro que Jesús... [continue]

Protecting children in your church from sexual abuse


Sexual abuse is not a topic that most any of us want to discuss, but it is a discussion we must have in our churches because:

1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18.

Of child abuse cases reported in Texas, 68% were sexual abuse cases.

Think about your church congregation and apply some easy math. If you have 200 people in your church, 100 females and 100 males, those statistics translate to 25 females and 16 males in your church that either have or will... [continue]

Pro-life legislation supported by leading pro-life coalition


AUSTIN — Four major pro-life organizations representing more than 10 million Texans have announced support of key bills before the House chamber of the 85th Texas Legislature.

“We are thrilled a wide range of pro-life bills has been filed this session to better protect the life and dignity of the human person,” said Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops. “While we maintain the goal of ending abortion in the United States, this bill package makes strategic and incremental progress... [continue]

Texas Baptists to honor Elmin Howell and Paul Stripling with Legacy Awards


This June, Texas Baptists is proud to honor two people who have helped mold the direction and effectiveness of Baptist ministry. The 2017 Legacy Award recipients will be Elmin Howell, founder of Texas Baptists’ River Ministry, and Dr. Paul Stripling, executive director emeritus of the Waco Baptist Association.

Howell helped make it possible for all people, not just clergy, to serve those in need. In 1968, he launched River Ministry for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, to meet the spiritual and physical... [continue]

Last Week Today: A Capitol Update


This week, I’d like to highlight several bills the CLC is supporting related to our policy priorities. The CLC public policy priorities are set by 18 Texas Baptists from across the state who represent a wide swath of Texas Baptist life. To review, policy priorities set by our commissioners for the 85th Legislative Session, click here.

HB 1936

HB 1936 prohibits county and city governments from entering contracts with abortion providers. Some city and county governments have entered contracts with Planned Parenthood for health services. While we... [continue]

Good Friday takes off the mask of sin


The late African American pastor Gardner C. Taylor once spoke of Jesus’ crucifixion as unmasking sin. This unmasking is the work with Jesus had come to earth to perform.

In John 17:4, Jesus prays to the Father, saying, “I have glorified thee on earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”

Soon afterward, Jesus, on the cross, “waded out into the cold rushing river of death,” Taylor said. “As he nears the other side there is a cry on his lips, ‘It is finished,” and with that shout he passes from mortal sight. So he was claiming... [continue]

Texas Baptists churches partner to provide water for struggling Liberian community


Not everyone has easy access to one of the most basic resources – water.

About 25,000 people in Brewerville, Liberia have to walk five to 10 miles a day to get drinking water. Sometimes, the water isn’t even clean.

Tom Howe, pastor of Birdville Baptist Church, in Fort Worth, learned of the need in Lott Carey Mission (LCM) through the donations his church made to the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering because LCM is one of the recipients.

The church was moved by the need in Liberia and decided to give to... [continue]

Bringing justice to dark places during Houston Week


I have lived in Houston for about three years now, and it has become home to me. I am in love with the myriad of cultures that live here. They stand out in the various neighborhoods that are somehow pushed together in a way that creates unlikely neighbors out of people from all over the world. I am still enchanted when, even from the outside, I get to watch people celebrating in ways that are different from my own experiences.

Houston is also a significant place in my journey of knowing Yahweh. God has used this place and the people... [continue]

UH student missionaries shine God’s light at the beach


Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) students from the University of Houston sacrificed their spring break to share God’s love and generosity with others all over Texas. Some spent the week building relationships with international students, others dedicated their vacation to local Houston ministries and still other students made their way to South Padre Island to serve at Beach Reach.

UH students joined other missionaries from all over Texas to serve at Beach Reach, an annual mission experience that reaches thousands of college students... [continue]

Sobre SB 3


Introducción

· El Dr. Gus Reyes, Director Ejecutivo de la Comisión de Vida Cristina. La Comisión es el ministerio de ética y justicia de la Convención General Bautista de Texas.

· Nos oponemos al SB3 principalmente por dos razones: una es que nos preocupa que los vales puedan afectar nuestra libertad religiosa, y la otra es que nos preocupa que los vales no cubran las necesidades educativas que afectan a la mayoría de los estudiantes de bajos recursos de nuestras escuelas públicas. Me enfocaré en los que conciernen a la libertad... [continue]

Estoy testificando en estos momentos a favor del proyecto de ley HB 3859


Mi nombre es Gus Reyes y soy el Director Ejecutivo de la Comisión de Vida Cristiana de los Bautistas de Texas. La Comisión de Vida Cristiana de los Bautistas de Texas es el ministerio de ética y justicia de la Convención General Bautista de Texas. Fundada en 1950, la Comisión trabaja con los bautistas de Texas para proveer una perspectiva bíblica al respecto de temas culturales y de política pública actual. Estoy testificando en estos momentos a favor del proyecto de ley HB3859.

En Texas, las agencias ... [continue]

UTEP students share personal stories of Beach Reach work


Since 1980, students from universities from across the country, especially Texas Baptists college ministries, have traveled to South Padre Island during Spring Break. The UTEP Baptist Student Ministry has made the trek down to South Padre Island for eight years. Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why on earth would a Christian Baptist organization go party it up in Padre?” Well the answer is they wouldn’t. It is quite the opposite, actually.

The Baptist Student Ministry students are there to work. This is a mission trip called... [continue]

Obeying His call: The Kwans obedience to Christ


Growing up, Stan Kwan was always involved in ministry, but only as a volunteer. He never thought that God would one day call him to full-time ministry. He has now been the Baptist Student Ministry Director at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for the past year and a half, and God has taken him on an amazing journey.  

Prior to accepting the role of BSM Director, Stan worked full-time in Information Technology, part-time in wedding photography and was a leader in the Single's Ministry at First Baptist Houston. After... [continue]

DBU students serve throughout the World during spring break


DALLAS – More than 200 Dallas Baptist University students spent their Spring Break 2017 traveling the country and the world building houses, providing safe rides, hosting camps, studying leadership and exploring international business.

For the fourth year in a row, a group of 21 students headed to Washington, D.C. with the Gary Cook School of Leadership to explore the legacy of leadership as observed in the lives of the nation’s Founding Fathers. They toured historic sites, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the National... [continue]

How God used the smallest of actions during Beach Reach


Even as a veteran Beach Reacher, walking the sands at Rockstar Beach intimidated me. Women danced all around. Rap music blared from the speakers on my right. A cloud of smoke drifted by as I made my way through the crowd of strangers. I felt out of my element, but I did not venture to South Padre Island for the purpose of remaining comfortable. I refocused my mind and pressed on.

I walked the shoreline seeking opportunities for conversation. Fixed atop crude PVC contraptions, collegiate flags flew high above the crowd. My eyes... [continue]

PROYECTOS SOSTENIBLES QUE AYUDAN A LOS HONDUREÑOS A SALIR DE LA POBREZA


por Jaclyn Bonner

Un ministerio de la Ofrenda contra el Hambre combate el ciclo de pobreza que sufren los hondureños y apoya a las familias por medio de proyectos agrícolas sostenibles y con pequeñas empresas.

Con cinco dólares se puede comprar un café en Starbucks. Cinco dólares es también el salario promedio diario en Lenca, la comunidad más pobre en Honduras.

El café es un distintivo del estilo de vida en Lenca. Muchas familias cultivan café, y probablemente toman más café que los clientes promedio... [continue]

Prioridades Legislativas de la Comisión 2016-2017


Prioridades Legislativas de la Comisión 2016-2017

Menores de edad y familias

Educación

●  Apoyar el acceso a educación pública de calidad para todos los estudiantes en Texas, pero especialmente para los niños de alto riesgo y familias de bajos recursos.

●  Apoyar el fortalecimiento de las escuelas públicas para asegurarse que todos los educandos en Texas tengan acceso a escuelas públicas de calidad. Esto incluye esfuerzos para cerrar la brecha del aprendizaje, aumentar el financiamiento estatal para las escuelas públicas, y la... [continue]

WMU Annual Meeting: His people – redeemed, restored and released


By John Hall

MIDLAND – Stacey Williams walked into the Christian Women’s Job Corps office in Dublin in 2001 a struggling single mom desperately looking for help.

She was welcomed into the loving extended family of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas program, where volunteers encouraged her, fostered her relationship with Christ and equipped her with job skills.

Sixteen years later, Williams is one of a multitude of changed lives in the 20 years CWJC programs have served women in need. She and her husband worked through... [continue]