Texas Baptists participate in a vast array of life-changing work every day. To bring recognition and awareness to this year's most prominent ministry and evangelism efforts during his Monday evening report at the 2017 Annual Meeting, Executive Director David Hardage recognized notable leaders that partner with Texas Baptists.
Those Hardage recognized included Tamiko Jones, newly-elected executive director-treasurer, WMU of Texas; Mickey Lenamon, executive director, Texas Baptist Men, who shared about Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery efforts; Katie Sciba, governing board officer from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, who presented a check for $50,000 to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts; Ray Clark, CFO, North American Mission Board, who presented $250,000 for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts; and Ray and Lauralee Lindholm and Pastor Matt Zamudio, pastor of Windsor Park Baptist Church, DeSoto, representing Ethiopian churches connected with Texas Baptists work.
Furthermore, Hardage noted additional workshops were added to the Tuesday morning schedule. The workshop “Church Security Basics: Preparing for the Unexpected,” presented by David Adams, director of Texas Baptists Church Administration & Special Projects, alongside legal consultant, John Litzler, was also added in response to questions and concerns following the tragic events at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. “In the midst of what has happened, Texas Baptists will lift up high the name of Jesus and continue to do church,” Hardage said. “At the same time, if there are some sensible and reasonable ways that we can add extra care of security and precaution, then we want to be wise in those ways.”
“Caring for Homeless Youth,” presented by Josh Cogan, program director at OutLast youth, was added which seeks to equip those ministering to homeless LGBT+ youth, who make up a large percentage of the adolescent homeless population. Hardage commented, “Texas Baptists love everyone.”
Hardage closed by encouraging attendees in the continued work of Texas Baptists. “You are a blessing to me each and every week,” he said. “Every week, Texas Baptists gather together to worship, fellowship and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ. For the humble honor I have of serving you, I am grateful.”