July 2017


BOUNCERS Worship in Waco


Wednesday in Waco saw some help from our BOUNCE staff today! Some of us went out to worksites to help teams with some roofing projects.  It is awesome to see our staff working side by side with our BOUNCERS. 

Tonight at worship, BOUNCERS participated in a Concert of Prayer.  This is a time when students and student leaders have the opportunity to worship through guided prayer for their neighbors and friends.  This is one of our favorite nights, and we love to hear the testimonies of both students and student leaders alike about how they have gone back home to... [continue]

Go Time! in Waco


Participants had an early start as they met at 7am after breakfast for GO TIME.  This is an opportunity for our BOUNCE staff to commission these participants as they go out and serve with the love of Christ.  BOUNCERS circled up and Aaron Austin, our Mission Coordinator, prayed over the teams as they begin work this week. BOUNCE staff joined in prayer and waved bye as teams left for their worksites.

Tonight at worship, our BOUNCE offering was collected.  The offering this year is supporting the Missionary Adoption Program, and will be used to buy a small river boat for... [continue]

Finding hope on the side of the road


By Analiz G. Schremmer

Baby Benjamin was abandoned on the side of the road wearing nothing but a small white blanket and bearing a note saying that anyone who wanted him, could have him.

“He was found by the villagers who passed by the road and informed the local authority,” said Rosy Lyn Htut, caseworker for Love for Myanmar. “They took the baby to one of our children’s homes called Kid’s Life.

“The home caregiver once showed me the baby photo when they first found him. He was so skinny, having sores on his whole body. He was about to die, and he... [continue]

African American Fellowship celebrates togetherness at annual convention


The 2017 African American Fellowship Conference (AAFC) was held from July 10-13 at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Tyler. This year’s theme was Harambee: Bringing Us Together, drawn from Psalm 133:1.

“The Harambee theme was borrowed from the East African nation of Kenya. It means ‘all put together.’ Things really do go better when Christ’s followers work together,” said Dr. Roy Cotton, director of African American Ministries.

The event commenced with a Sweet Hour of Prayer (SHOP) on Monday evening.

“AAFC could... [continue]

Texas Baptists host historic presentation of Uzbek Bible


DALLAS–Texas Baptists, alongside the Institute for Bible Translation (Moscow, Russia) and Global Heart Ministries (Plano, TX), recently hosted a historic presentation of the first translation of the Holy Bible into the Uzbek language.  

Uzbekistan, listed among countries where Christians face the most severe persecution for their faith, has never seen a full translation of the Bible in their language. However, through the work of the Institute for Bible Translation, that has changed.

Now, for the first time in the history of... [continue]

BOUNCERS With a Servant's Intent


Our last mission of the summer has started off well! All churches arrived safely and without incident to Waco, Texas this afternoon.  BOUNCERS are checked-in and ready to serve the community through rehabilitation projects this week. 

BOUNCERS participated in BOUNCE Bash this afternoon, which included meeting the staff and spending time learning the BOUNCE guidelines through a game of Kerplunk! Later, we gathered for worship and heard from our Worship Speaker, Aaron Austin.  He challenged the participants enter the week with the intent to serve, just as Jesus... [continue]

BOUNCing Into Waco


BOUNCE is in Waco for the last week of summer missions.  Our BOUNCE staff is excited to welcome participants this Monday. We are ready to see Christoval Baptist Church of Christoval, First Baptist Church of Lampasas, and Crossroads Baptist Church of The Woodlands! Columbus Avenue Baptist Church is hosting 60 students and student leaders this week. 

Our coordinators this week include Aaron Austin as Mission Coordinator and Worship Speaker, Charles Carroll as Construction Coordinator, and Scott Rhodes as our Local Logistics Coordinator.  BOUNCE collegiate staff... [continue]

BOUNCing Out of Jennings


That’s a wrap here in Jennings, Louisiana! Our teams finished all of their projects, receiving more than just sunburns and sore hands.  Through their service this week they have received blessings from the residents and communities here. 

One resident was moved to tears today as she returned home from work to see her finished house.  Lake Arthur resident Victoria and her seven month old received a new roof and paint job to their damaged house.  She was very grateful for the work of our BOUNCERS and will continue to share her store of restored hope to her... [continue]

BOUNCERS Don't Neglect Their Neighbors


BOUNCERS continue to tell us their “Wow Moments” and share their stories of love and encouragement to the residents of Jennings.  Today, one team helped a family push their car out of traffic in order to fix it.  Other teams have stories of decisions being made by residents and participants alike.

Tonight at worship, Eric Martinez our Worship Speaker, had students and adults volunteer to act out the passage.  As we talked about not neglecting our neighbors, BOUNCERS saw a live action skit of the parable of the good Samaritan.  While it was fun and... [continue]

Making missions possible through Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarships


By Analiz G. Schremmer

Any student who has benefitted from a scholarship knows what an enormous difference it can make. When that scholarship funds a mission trip, the outcome can be eternal.

Luis Juarez was once the recipient of a Mary Hill Davis Offering scholarship. Today, he is currently Director of Missions and Ministries at Baptist University of the Americas (BUA) and is able to see the impact that the scholarship continues to have in the lives of students.

“This scholarship makes mission work possible for a... [continue]

Thank you for investing in future generations


By Katie Burkhead

Thank you, Texas Baptists!

When I think of my experience at the University of Texas at Austin, I think of more than my major, my classes, the all-nighters I’ve pulled and the stress I have endured. I always think of my time at the Baptist Student Ministry and how God has used the people there to shape me, challenge me, encourage me and help me pursue God with all that I am. As a young freshman, I (naively) thought that I was following Jesus pretty well and that this was how I would follow Him for the rest of my life.... [continue]

Being an industrious pastor


By Danny Reeves

An oxymoron is the combination of contradictory words that have been linked together.

You probably already know a few of these such as jumbo shrimp, pretty ugly, working vacation, or humble Texan, but have you ever considered this one? Lazy pastor.

There is no doubt that a healthy church is not possible with an unhealthy pastor or a lazy pastor. So as a fellow pastor within the Texas Baptists family, I want to take this subject head on with you and encourage the idea of being an industrious pastor.

I want to talk about three principles... [continue]

Training DBU business students to serve in the marketplaces of the world


By Ross O’Brien, Ph.D.Director, Center for Business as MissionDallas Baptist University

It has become apparent that too many Christians in the business world believe they are an auxiliary to mission work. They think of themselves as providing means and finances, but they rarely view themselves as missionaries. 

Jesus’ commandments to serve others in Matthew 25 and to make disciples among all peoples in Matthew 28 were not directed solely to those employed by churches or mission agencies.

Incredibly, all... [continue]

A Report from the Texas Capitol


After 140 days, the 85th Texas Legislative Session has ended and even though a special session will begin on July 18 several important bills were passed over the last five months.

Religious liberty concerns topped the list of Texas Baptists Christian Life Commission priorities. The CLC helped lead efforts to protect religious conscience rights of faith-based child welfare agencies. HB 3859 protects the rights of religious child welfare agencies to place children in homes consistent with their religious beliefs about the best environment for raising... [continue]

Compelled to make disciples through Hispanic Ministries


"And Jesus appointed twelve, that they might be with him." Mark 3:14

The problem in this world is not the economy. If so, God would have sent us an economist. The problem of the world is not education. If so, God would have sent an educator. The problem of this world is called sin, so God sent us a Savior. God's plan to change the world is: "Make Disciples". The message of our Lord Jesus Christ to his disciples after his resurrection, and before He ascended to heaven was: "Therefore go and make disciples." (Matthew 28:19) 

I have... [continue]

Project:Start helps Kenyan church expand capacity for refugee ministry


In January, members of Upendo Baptist Church in Garland gathered to pray and fast that God would grow their church.

Only a week later, Pastor Shadrack Ruto was connected to 60 people in search of a new church home. The initial three visitors to the church were not from a Kenyan background, like the majority of the church membership, but were refugees from the Central African Republic who lived within 10 miles of the church. The families had recently moved to the United States from refugee camps. Ruto heard story... [continue]

Intercultural churches connect people groups to the Gospel


By Kalie Lowrie and Analiz G. Schremmer

In heaven, people of every tongue, tribe and nation will worship together, yet we tend to separate ourselves out when congregate. At first glance, it may seem wrong to serve separately,  but when you put yourself in the shoes of a recent immigrant, trying to navigate around a foreign culture and an unknown language, it makes perfect sense.

“If you go visit a church where you can’t understand the language, and the culture is confusing, how are you going to meet Christ?” asked... [continue]

Filling Hearts through Lunch Program


By Analiz G. Schremmer

Contributing Writer

Every Wednesday, at least 300 people line up outside of New Light Baptist Church of Lubbock for a sack lunch. They receive food, but are also served a helping of love, respect and kindness.

“I don’t care what they look like or what their hygiene is like, we will treat them with dignity and respect,” said New Light Baptist Church Pastor Kenneth Jackson. “I think a lot of them are shocked by the reception they get; but we are Christians so we are supposed to be full of compassion.”

The Love and Lunch... [continue]

Hacer discípulos a través de Ministerios Hispanos


“Y Jesús estableció a doce, para que estuviesen con él.” (Marcos 3:14)

El problema de este mundo no es la economía. Si así fuera, Dios nos hubiera enviado a un economista. El problema del mundo no es la educación. Si así fuera, Dios hubiera enviado a un educador. El problema de este mundo es el pecado, por eso Dios envió a un Salvador. El plan de Dios para cambiar el mundo es: “Hacer Discípulos”.  El mensaje de nuestro Señor Jesucristo a sus discípulos después de su resurrección y antes de ascender al cielo fue: “Por tanto id y haced... [continue]

BOUNCERS With Some "Wow Moments"


Recovery efforts continue to move along at worksite today.  BOUNCE has twelve teams in Jennings and surrounding communities.  Houses were chosen based on word of mouth, through members in FBC Jennings, Carey Baptist Association, and other organizations that are continuing to help resident recover from last year’s flood.

Due to some storms in the area, some teams had to briefly work in the rain.  However, BOUNCERS are still working hard all day. Some teams are close to finishing and may have a chance to begin work on other houses tomorrow. All teams hope... [continue]

BIENVENIDO, VECINO: LA OFRENDA CONTRA EL HAMBRE SUPLE NECESIDADES Y FOMENTA COMUNIDAD ENTRE LOS REF


Por Jaclyn Bonner

“Es la primera vez que he escuchado a los niños reír”, dijo el gerente del complejo de los apartamentos. A pesar de que tanto las familias de refugiados de África como los inmigrantes del sur de Centroamérica son recién llegados al área de Houston, su vecindario carece de sentido de comunidad y orgullo. 

En una semana, el Proyecto Refugiados de Houston, con la ayuda de voluntarios de la Iglesia Bautista Meadow Oaks en Temple, revitalizó la comunidad fragmentada... [continue]

El Gobernador Abbott anuncia Sesión Especial


El Gobernador Greg Abbott anunció hoy una sesión legislativa especial que dará comienzo el 18 de julio del 2017. En su anuncio, el Gobernador Abbott identificó 20 asuntos que se incluirán en la llamada sesión especial.

 “Considerando el gran éxito de la 85ª sesión legislativa, no deberíamos estar donde estamos hoy”, dijo el Gobernador Abbott.

Una sesión especial era completamente inevitable, y había suficiente tiempo para que la legislación forjara compromisos a fin de evitar el gasto de tiempo y de dinero de los contribuyentes para... [continue]

Agenda de la 85a Sesión Especial


Vida humana

De acuerdo a Génesis 1:26:26-31, creemos que cada persona tiene una dignidad y valor innatos otorgados por su creador, y que por ello tienen derecho a una vida abundante; aunque esto no les garantiza una vida sin dificultades, debe significar una vida libre de muertes prevenibles y prematuras. Por lo tanto, apoyamos los esfuerzos de la legislación para promover una cultura que valore la vida en nuestro estado.

‚óŹ Apoyar la legislación pro-vida que reduce el número de abortos, expande el acceso al cuidado prenatal y los servicios... [continue]

Texas Baptist church lives out Isaiah 58


By Jaclyn Bonner

Isaiah 58 is a call to go beyond cultural religious habits and actively live out faith by restoring justice, sharing food with the hungry, and attending to the homeless. This poignant passage reveals God’s heart, as well as expresses immutable truths and timeless instruction.

It inspired Royal Haven Baptist Church in Farmers Branch to address the needs of the surrounding community by starting a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering ministry called i58, after Isaiah 58.

When church members learned many families in the community... [continue]

Go Time in Jennings


Today started well with Go Time! This morning Eric Martinez, our worship speaker for the week, prayed over and commissioned our BOUNCERS as they headed out to their worksites.  As vans and buses lined up to leave, the BOUNCE staff waved goodbye to participants as they left.

This week there are twelve worksites in the Jennings area, including an elementary school in Elton.  BOUNCERS will be working on roofs, installing flooring, painting and doing any other projects needed at their worksite. 

This evening at worship we had our BOUNCE mission offering.  The offering... [continue]

BOUNCE Flood Recovery Continues


This week we are in Jennings, Louisiana serving flood victims.  It has been a rainy start, but all churches arrived safely to First Baptist Jennings this afternoon.  We want to welcome Faith Family Fellowship from Brownfield, Texas, First Baptist Church of Beeville, First Baptist Church of El Paso, Parkway Hills Baptist Church of Plano, Texas, Texoma Cowboy Church of Wichita Falls, Texas, and WestWind Church of Keller, Texas. 

Earlier this evening, BOUNCE students participated in BOUNCE Bash, while student leaders went out for a group leader meeting... [continue]

BOUNCing into Jennings


BOUNCE is back after a week break! We are ready to welcome churches from all over the state of Texas to come and serve residents of Jennings.  These residents experienced the flood from August 2016 and are still seeking help on repairs for their homes.

BOUNCE is always excited to partner with local community members, and this week we are serving with First Baptist Church Jennings, who are our hosts for the week!  We are also partnering with Carey Baptist Association and area churches, and the Louisiana Baptist Convention.  We are eager to see the love of Christ... [continue]

The continued ministry of Super Summer


By: Ruth Whorton

Twenty-one years ago, John Davison attended Super Summer for the first time. Then, in 1997, he accepted God’s call on his life to ministry while at Super Summer. Davison is now the middle school pastor at Sherman Bible Church and brings students to Super Summer year after year.

He is very invested in Super Summer because of the incredible impact the ministry makes around the state through the students who attend.

“Super Summer stirs student’s affections for Christ. Knowing there are others who are on the same mission as they are... [continue]

Being faithful to ordinary tasks as a missionary in Arizona


By: Brayant Lopez

These first days of our mission trip we have been living in an apartment complex very similar to the one that I live at back home. It is a two-bedroom apartment composed of a kitchen, living room, bathroom and even a TV. The only difference is that I do not have as many distractions as I would in my apartment back home.

Another similarity that we have (and many of us have) is our neighbors–those people which we see every morning and sometimes throughout the day. However, there are some slight differences... [continue]

Texas Baptist Elijah Brown elected General Secretary of BWA


Elijah Brown, executive vice president of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, was elected to serve as the next General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. Brown is the first Texas Baptist to serve in this capacity, and at the age of 36, the youngest person to be elected to the position. The election took place on July 7 at the BWA General Assembly held in Bangkok, Thailand.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to become the ninth General Secretary of the BWA, an organization that has borne witness to Jesus Christ and the... [continue]

Welcome Neighbor: Hunger Offering Meets Needs, Fosters Community Among Refugees


By Jaclyn Bonner

“It is the first time I have heard the children laughing,” said the apartment complex manager. Although the African refugee families and South and Central American immigrants are all newcomers to Houston, their residence lacks a sense of community and pride.

In one week, the Houston Refugee Project, with assistance of volunteers from Meadow Oaks Baptist Church in Temple, revitalized the fragmented refugee community through a children’s camp. Fifty children and adolescents ages 2-18 years... [continue]

Feeling thankful and complete through ministry


By:  Danielle French

10:40 p.m. – My eyes want to crumble. My body is ready to shatter with just one touch. I’ve never felt so drained. I’ve never felt so exhausted. Yet, I’m content. I’m not worried about how tomorrow goes, or what I’ll have to do.

I feel at peace with the fact that it is an honor to serve here and build these relationships. It is an honor to reflect Christ’s light onto all of these children, teens and adults. It is an honor to feel like I am about to collapse, but still feel the Holy Spirit working in me, pushing me... [continue]

From India to Arlington: Serving an undeniable God


By:  Ruth Whorton

ARLINGTON - Originally from India, Lokesh Ganta is a master’s student at Texas A&M Kingsville who came to the United States to study engineering. With many financial obligations, Lokesh was prepared to work all summer to earn tuition money for the upcoming fall semester. Little did he know how the Lord would work in his life to change the course of his summer.

Through Texas A&M Kingsville’s Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), Lokesh was connected with Go Now Missions. Go Now is a Texas Baptists mission sending program for... [continue]