Texas Baptists Intercultural Churches unite youth at Camp Fusion
by Guest Author on August 16, 2018 in great commission
Every year, first and second generation students from Texas Baptists Intercultural Churches come together for five days and four nights to grow their faith at Camp Fusion...
Rio Grande Valley ministry bridges education gap
by Guest author on August 14, 2018 in hunger offering
By Jaclyn Bonner and Abby Hopkins
Education is a valued process of growth and development in pivotal years of one’s life, yet it is not always accessible. As a new school year begins, many are unable to afford the costs of learning.
However, a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering ministry in Hidalgo County unites the educated and the uneducated in their community by service and sacrifice to assist the literacy needs of refugees and immigrants.
The U.S. Census Bureau found that Hidalgo County has one of the highest concentrated poverty rates in the country. High population rates, coupled with high poverty rates, have created a need for educational support as the uneducated, illiterate, and non-English speaking Latino and refugee populations cannot afford educational resources or classes.
"I've seen God at work in an entire community because of this ministry," said Diann Berry, ministry leader. “And by community, I mean various communities throughout the entire Rio Grande Valley region."
The Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center offers all levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED (General Education Development) test preparation classes, in both English and Spanish, serving up to 250 students in a semester.
"Some of our students have worked hard to study, to gain some knowledge, to become more employable, and do something about the cycle of poverty they are caught up in," Diann said....
When I truly go home
by Guest Author on August 14, 2018 in great commission
I have been raised with this American and Texan Pride and I will always have a strong sentiment towards my heavily American and Texan roots. However, when I came back to Texas 2 weeks ago, it did not feel completely like home, and it still doesn’t, even though Texas has been my home my entire life. People say this feeling is common and it’s because you leave a piece of your heart on the mission field (as corny as it sounds, it’s true)...
Texas Baptists welcomes Oza Jones as Evangelism Associate for African American Ministries
by Kirsten McKimmey on August 13, 2018 in news
Oza Jones has joined the Texas Baptists Great Commission Team as the new Evangelism Associate for African American Ministries & Church Revitalization as of Monday, July 23...
Stronger together at the Culp Banquet
by Kirsten McKimmey on August 9, 2018 in news
On Monday evening, Texas Baptists African American Ministries presented the 25th Anniversary Culp Banquet, honoring the legacy of Dr. James W. Culp, Sr., who went to be with the Lord on July 22. ...
TBMF honors three outstanding servants at Family Gathering
by Guest Author on August 8, 2018 in news
A full house gathered on July 30, for the annual Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) Luncheon, held in Arlington, Texas, as a part of the 133rd Annual Meeting of Texas Baptists. This year, the luncheon honored three outstanding servants whose commitment to the Kingdom of God has impacted thousands around the state of Texas and beyond...
Bastrop food pantry models dependence on Lord’s provision
by Guest Author on August 7, 2018 in hunger offering
By Abby Hopkins
“Mom, we have a turkey for Thanksgiving!”
A young boy exclaimed this and looked at his mother in awe as he discovered his family would receive a turkey from ABC Primera Baptist Church Food Pantry.
Erika Guerrero, Primera’s missions chairperson, was able to hand the turkey to this family on her first day volunteering. Since then, she has joined the work and watched as God has provided turkeys every Thanksgiving, serving as a reminder of the purpose of the food pantry.
ABC Primera is a ministry that seeks to alleviate hunger by feeding the elderly, single parents, homeless, and ill in Bastrop and models a dependence on God for every need. The ministry is supported through the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering.
“We always have enough to pay; it always works out,” said Primera Pastor of Harold Welch. “We see that’s the hand of God.&rdquo...
Small town life and the Great Commandment
by Guest Author on August 7, 2018 in clc
By Chris McLain
I can’t speak for those living in urban contexts, but in Crowell it matters whether you’re native-born or a transplant from elsewhere.
Let me explain. It’s not that new people who move into our community are any less welcome or loved than the locals, but their experience of small-town life is certainly different.
Many of the folks who grew up here have large, extended families of several generations nearby. That makes for a broad support system and relational community year-round (and the convenience of avoiding holiday traffic is no small benefit either).
The “new Crowell” folks are much more likely to feel isolated in our close-knit community. It can be difficult to make new friends because “old Crowell” folks already have established networks of family and friends.
That means it’s especially important for folks in Crowell to be neighborly. And, as a pastor, I’m partial to the notion that Christians are specially called and gifted to meet that need.
Scripture really goes further; it’s a command. Remember Jesus’ two-sided “great commandment” to love God and to love neighbor. Jesus was picking up on two Old Testament passages, so this goes back early in God’s dealing with mankind...
The road to surrendering
by Guest Author on August 6, 2018 in great commission
One night before worship, I asked for the Lord to reveal something to me, whether it be the message or just a word that stood out. One song that we sang was “At the Cross.&rdquo...
Family Gathering a celebration of unity, diversity for Texas Baptists
by Kalie Lowrie on August 1, 2018 in news
A celebration of unity and diversity took place in Arlington July 29-31 as 2,054 messengers and visitors filled their seats at the table to worship, fellowship and conduct business at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting...
Convención highlights message of family, elects officers
by Analiz G Schremmer on August 1, 2018 in news
The Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas convened as part of the the 2018 Family Gathering July 30-31 in Arlington. The joining of Texas Baptists fellowships and conventions inspired an annual message on the biblical family heard by 233 registered messengers and numerous visitors...
Reeves encourages Texas Baptists to pass the baton
by Kalie Lowrie on August 1, 2018 in news
Just as Abraham passed his legacy on to his son Isaac, President Danny Reeves encouraged Texas Baptists to pass the baton of leadership on to upcoming generations. Reeves’ challenge was presented during his final presidential address at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas at the 2018 Family Gathering in Arlington...
Cultural Intelligence: Does Jesus care about yours?
by Eric Black, Baptist Standard on August 1, 2018 in womans missionary union
Jesus, who commanded us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, is interested in our cultural intelligence, or how well we relate to people of different cultures. Furthermore, if we are to obey his command to make disciples of all people, then ...