January 2014


Help Texas Baptists rebuild pastor homes in Philippines


Michael Rama, his wife, and their 11-month-old son are homeless. Michael is the pastor of the Estancia Evangelical Church in the coastal town of Estancia, the Philippines. Michael and his family watched helplessly as the roof of the church parsonage and most of their belongings were shattered by Typhoon Haiyan. He is one of the 15 pastors that we have identified whose homes were lost in the 200 mile-an-hour winds and water that raked the island of Panay on November 8, 2013. They need our help. When something this big hits it is sometimes hard for disaster responders to know where to start. There is so much damage and so much...

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From Texas to Montana


My name is Justin Langford, and I am serving this semester in Butte, Montana, through Go Now Missions. The main portion of my ministry here is with college students at Montana Tech through both the Baptist Student Union and Park Street Baptist Church. Up until now, I had lived in Texas all of my life, and the most I had ever been away was probably no more than 2 weeks. I have just finished my second week here, and, in case you didn't know, Montana is very different from Texas. The ministry I'm involved with looks different than what I had imagined. However, different isn't bad - it's just different.

I'm living literally right next...

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Giving their break to serve


While working the hat stand in a Ukrainian market, Emma French, a student at University Mary-Hardin Baylor, met a boy named Dennis. He was looking for a warm hat to take back to his village for another child who needed it.

"I was a little taken aback so I asked, 'This hat is not for you?' He told me, 'No, I already have one hat, I don't need another. But I know some people who do'," said Emma. "Dennis broke my heart and humbled me that day. His generous, caring, and selfless heart brought me to tears."

With his one hat, Dennis understood the true meaning of need. He was the epitome of selflessness.

"I pray for a heart like...

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Antoine named bivocational pastor ministry director


DALLAS - Texas Baptists named Ira Antoine director of bivocational pastor ministry.

With a growing number of pastors serving in bivocational ministry across the state, Antoine will serve as a resource for these ministers.

"The mission of this ministry is to serve as a resource to Texas Baptist churches and associations in developing a model for Bivocational Pastor Ministry that will result in a significant increase in available, truly-called, and well-equipped bivocational pastors," Antoine said.

In his new role, he will coordinate and oversee training seminars, theological education, and bivocational pastor conferences.

Many...

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Mission drippin' - reaching out to our community


Six years ago, First Baptist Church of Dripping Springs burned to the ground at the hands of an arsonist. Many people at that time left the church. There were about 50 people left to determine the next step. The small group hired a great interim pastor that helped the church through a healing process.

At that time they also determined they would come together in unity to rebuild the church. Gradually, the church began to grow and they brought on a full-time pastor, Craig Curry and his wife, Fallon.

During our second year we began looking for ways to help our church engage in outreach and missions again. For a while, the church had to...

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'Simple touches' in Huntsville


The Hospitality House in Huntsville ministers to the families of those who are incarcerated, and Texas Baptists help support this effort.

Executive Director Debra McCammon said, "The simple touches, conversations, hugs and smiles help us to share the love of Christ with them."

She also wrote:

"Loving those who are hurting is always about the little things we do: small craft gift on their pillow, a 'Welcome' picture postcard sitting on top of their linens, providing a sewing kit when their dress has torn, putting a candle in the brownies, cakes or pies on their birthdays and presenting them with a small gift, or especially a Bible of
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Reyes Named Director of Christian Life Commission


DALLAS - Agustin "Gus" Lucas Reyes, PhD., was named the new director of BGCT's Christian Life Commission (CLC).

The CLC's role within Texas Baptist life is to speak to ethical issues and how they impact our lives and legislation.

"Dr. Reyes' work with education and immigration reform on a state and federal government level has proven his passion and ability to give a voice to those who have no voice," Dr. David Hardage, Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas said. "After receiving applications and conducting interviews from a national search, we discovered the person God has placed before us for this position...

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Trusting in the hard places


Go Now missionaries returning home from a semester of serving around the world sat in a panel discussion across from new students preparing to go during their January retreat in the BSM at the University of Texas at Arlington. The nine college students returning from service were in a time of debriefing, while the eight students preparing to go were part of orientation.

The unique nature of the night was that all of the students in the room had the same heart for sharing Christ with the world.

As the new semester missionaries asked questions like, "What was the hardest thing you faced on the field?" they were able to hear experiences...

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Students learn 'God can use my life'


EDINBURG - On a sunny Friday afternoon, five freshmen students walked across campus at the University of Texas - Pan American pulling a wagon filled with lemonade, musical instruments and salvation tracks. Their destination was the courtyard in front of the campus library, where they set up tables and began serving drinks and playing worship music with the intention of reaching out to their fellow students.

These students were part of the Baptist Student Ministry at UTPA and are just a few of the many that reach out to fellow students on a daily basis to share the love of God across their campus. Outreach is the heart of the BSM at...

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