November 2018


Pass the plate this Thanksgiving season


Sometimes it’s hard to remember goodness when hatred and violence abound. Richard Foster’s words remind me of God’s true heart: “Our God is not made of stone. His heart is the most sensitive and tender of all. No act goes unnoticed, no matter how insignificant or small. A cup of cold water is enough to put tears in the eyes of God. God celebrates our feeble expressions of gratitude.”

Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, is a day dedicated to these feeble expressions by giving back. Texas Baptist Hunger Offering donations that day will purchase meals for marginalized children at Operación San Andrés in Collique, Peru. The goal is to raise $10,000 for 5,000 meals.

I love the imagery of the Creator of the universe tearing up when a cup or plate passes from hand to hand -- with a smile, no doubt. It is like celebrating communion -- an act of worship and reverence for God. Heaven seems to meet earth in the simplest of places....

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BSM Director sees God’s provision through life-changing circumstances


On April 5, 2018, BSM Director Cody Shouse sat in Austin traffic on the way home from The University of Texas at Austin’s Longhorn BSM weekly Bible study. Unexpectedly, his car was hit from behind by another vehicle going 60 miles per hour, resulting in a serious accident...

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Learn how to support Operación San Andrés after Giving Tuesday


By Abby Hopkins

#GivingTuesday 2018 is fast approaching, and we hope you are getting excited! Although our goal is to raise $10,000 for Operación San Andrés, we want to let you know other ways you can continue to take part in the ministry’s work.

  • Knit baby blankets, stocking hats, prayer shawls, or anything else that will help people in Collique during cold and damp winters.

  • Are you in college or seminary? Intern with OSA. You can spend up to 8 weeks at their mission site in Peru doing special projects, and may be able to use it for college credit.

  • Do you work for a children’s mission organization? Hold a fundraiser or get your kids involved to help kids in Collique. Here are some ideas:

    • Collect school supplies and send them to OSA.

    • Contact OSA for specific names and photos of children who participate in the Educational Enrichment Program and pray for them by name with your organization.

    • Visit www.operacionsanandres.org to research more about the ministry and share what you find with the kids .

  • Go to Peru and serve with OSA in April or October on a mission trip.

  • Become a regular donor to the Hunger Offering or sign up for our newsletter to stay in-the-know.

  • Pray!

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New Hope Church celebrates 150th anniversary by giving back


Usually, the person with a birthday receives presents. But when New Hope First Baptist Church in Cedar Park turned 150 years old, they decided to do things a little differently....

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Truett Seminary and Texas Baptists Offer Advanced Certificate of Ministry in Children's Ministry


WACO—George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Texas Baptists have entered into a collaborative agreement between Truett Seminary’s Online Certificate Program and the Texas Baptists Preschool & Children’s Certification Program in order to create a Joint Certificate Program that will provide students with the opportunity to earn an Advanced Certificate of Ministry....

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310 travel with Singing Men of Texas to New York for music and ministry


The Texas Baptists Singing Men of Texas (SMOT) took a trip to New York last month with 310 participants to spread the Gospel and perform in concert at Carnegie Hall alongside contemporary Christian artist Steve Green....

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Texas Baptists to co-host Border Summit and continue ministry to refugees along border


Texas Baptists are involved in ongoing ministry along the border between Texas and Mexico through River Ministry missionaries. On Nov. 17, Texas Baptists will join with Mexican Baptists for a Border Summit symposium in Matamoros to discuss ways to respond to the needs along the border...

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