April 2019


College ministries come together for 72-hour prayer revival at Baylor University


From March 31-April 3, more than 12 Waco college ministries came together and organized a 72-hour prayer revival on Baylor University’s campus called FM72. ...

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The results are in: Grants give ministers hope for financial future


Texas Baptists received a $1 million grant in 2017 to participate in the Lilly Endowment’s National Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders. These grants were awarded to a variety of organizations across the nation that are using them to help pastoral leaders develop stronger financial literacy skills and provide direct aid to leaders...

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TBM provides disaster relief in Alto and Franklin


Texas Baptist Men (TBM) Disaster Relief deployed teams to Alto and Franklin, TX, on Sunday, April 14, in response to storm damage sustained on April 13. ...

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UN ANUNCIO DE PARTE DE ALI


Amigos,

Con gran entusiasmo y a la vez tristeza les anuncio que tras cuatro años de tener el gran privilegio de servir como especialista de los ministerios combate contra el hambre y cuidado de la Comisión de Vida Cristiana (CLC), he aceptado un puesto como consejera de cuidado de crisis en Marble Falls.

No hay palabras que puedan expresar lo agradecida que me siento por cada una de las personas con las que he tenido el honor de trabajan en este ministerio. Dar gracias a todos no me parece suficiente.

Serviré como consejera de adultos en el Centro para las Familias en Crisis de Highland Lakes, cerca de nuestra iglesia, First Baptist Church de Marbel Falls. Trabajaré con personas que sufren trauma a la vez que volveré al mundo académico a fin de obtener las certificaciones necesarias como trabajadora social clínica. Espero obtener una mejor comprensión del cuidado informado de trauma, y aprender a caminar junto a muchas personas en su proceso de sanidad. Pido sus oraciones para este nuevo capítulo en mi vida.

Este cambio es muy agridulce para mí. Estos últimos cuatro años han cambiado mi vida. Amo y creo en la Ofrenda contra el Hambre de los Bautistas de Texas, la Comisión de Vida Cristiana, y la familia de los Bautistas de Texas. Guardo con cariño muchos recuerdos hermosos a través de Texas y el mundo entero. He aprendido mucho de las numerosas iglesias y ministerios que impactan a sus comunidades con belleza, justicia y restauración.

No puedo evitar pensar en las palabras de Pablo a la iglesia de Filipos: “Doy gracias a mi Dios cada vez que me acuerdo de ustedes. En todas mis oraciones por todos ustedes, siempre oro con alegría, porque han participado en el evangelio desde el primer día hasta ahora” (Filipenses 1:3-5, NVI).

Gracias al Dr. Reyes, al Dr. Foster y al Dr. Hardage por darle a esta sureña y nativa de Tennessee una gran oportunidad. Gracias a Marilyn, Kathryn, Rebecca y al resto de mis compañeros de trabajo. Son mi familia.

Gracias, colegas y amigos, por sus palabras de ánimo para mí en lo personal, y lo que es aún más importante, por su deseo de responder al llamado a la justicia, la misericordia y la igualdad.

Con gratitud,

Ali...

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WMU Annual Meeting reflects sharing hope in a changing world


Followers of Christ are called to pursue others and share the hope of salvation with the nations...

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BSM Global Blends food truck helps students raise money for missions


The BSM Global Blends mobile food truck is a new opportunity for students in the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) to raise money for missions and engage the campus with the Gospel. ...

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Personal testimony compels Christ-follower to share hope with community


By Abby Hopkins

So often, the Lord uses the testimonies of His people to impact others with similar life struggles. For Elisa Valadez, whose story includes abuse, homelessness, and heartache, she knew she wanted to serve her community in this way to offer others the same hope she found in Christ.

Valadez began Pantry of Hope through First Baptist Church Laredo in 2016. Starting with a closet, the ministry opened the second Saturday of each month with food and clothing for families in the community to receive.

Texas Baptist Hunger Offering funds are used to purchase groceries for the pantry.

“It’s a blessing to have money come in that serves the community,” Valadez said...

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An announcement letter from Ali


Friends,

It’s with excitement and sadness that I inform you of some news. After four years of having the true privilege of serving as the hunger and care ministries specialist at the CLC, I will be transitioning to a new position as a crisis counselor in Marble Falls.

Words do not feel adequate for how grateful I am for every person whom I’ve had the honor to know and work alongside in this ministry. Thank you doesn’t seem to suffice.

I will serve as an adult outreach counselor at Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center, close in proximity to our church, First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. I will be working with individuals dealing with trauma while pursuing my credentials as a licensed clinical social worker. I hope to gain a better understanding of trauma-informed care and learn to walk with people on their healing journeys. I covet your prayers in this new chapter of my life.

The change is very bittersweet.  These past four years have changed my life. I love and believe in the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering, the CLC, and the Texas Baptist family. I hold dear so many beautiful memories across Texas and around the world. I have learned a great deal from numerous churches and ministries impacting their communities with beauty, justice, and restoration.

I can’t help but think of Paul’s words to the church of Philippi: “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5, CSB).

Thank you, Dr. Reyes, Dr. Foster, and Dr. Hardage for giving this Tennessean a chance. Shout out to Marilyn, Kathryn, Rebecca, and everyone else who are more than coworkers, they are family.

Thank you, colleagues and friends, for your encouragement to me personally, and more importantly, your desire to pursue the call to justice, mercy, and equality.

Gratefully,

Ali...

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Gerson outlines a Christian approach to social engagement at CLC Advocacy Day


Washington Post columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson delivered the keynote address at the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission’s Advocacy Day March 26 at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin...

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Texas Baptists welcomes new staff members to assist churches


Texas Baptists recently welcomed four new staff members to the organization including Victor Rodriguez, Hispanic Evangelism director; Ben Hanna, director of San Antonio-Area Baptist Health Initiative; Bruce McCoy, director of the Ambassador Program; and David Adams, a current staff member in a new position, as Adult Discipleship specialist...

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Prayer serves as a vital part of Beach Reach


Through broken tears, they each gave their lives to God and committed to developing relationships with Him...

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BSM takes the Gospel to college campuses in Tennessee


Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) participants from the University of North Texas (UNT), Texas Woman’s University (TWU) and Tyler Junior College (TJC) spent their Spring Break evangelizing and teaching evangelism on six different Nashville, Tennessee college campuses. They shared the Gospel with 184 people and saw 10 new believers accept Christ...

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287 students help Harvey victims in the Golden Triangle bounce back


It’s been a year and a half since Hurricane Harvey pummeled through South Texas. Damage lingers and volunteers are still needed to continue restoration. That is why this year’s Spring Break BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery volunteers focused recovery efforts in the affected area...

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