Texas Baptists partners together at 2019 Hispanic Baptist Convention
by Kalie Lowrie on June 27, 2019 in news
Texas Baptists partnered with the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas (Convencion Bautista Hispana de Texas) in several key ways during the Annual Meeting held at the McAllen Convention Center from June 23-25. ...
Celebrating 25 years of worship and sisterhood
by Texas Baptists Communications on June 27, 2019 in news
On Saturday, June 22, over 220 women gathered together from across Texas to celebrate the Singing Women of Texas (SWOT) 25th anniversary with a special concert in front of a full crowd at the Sue and Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s campus...
UMHB Christian studies students preach and serve during Cayman Islands Trip
by Guest Author on June 27, 2019 in great commission
“This trip changed my life. I met strangers who turned out to be [like] my family, and I learned so much more about myself,&rdquo...
MAP Stories: David & Tauana Souza
by Guest Author on June 25, 2019 in map stories
Another year of work began, and within the first month, God had already given us several reasons to thank the Lord...
Leadership Texas Baptists participant learns wisdom comes from experience
by Guest Author on June 24, 2019 in faith
Everyone called by God to Christian leadership will sooner or later be confronted with the reality of his or her own inadequacy...
That's A Wrap!
by Cecily McIlwain on June 21, 2019 in bounce
Seeing the value of helping people get back into their homes brings the everyday work of the Gospel into a new realm of understanding...
Jesus Has Thrown the Whole World Off Balance
by Cecily McIlwain on June 20, 2019 in bounce
After a long, eventful day I often think about Flannery O’Connor’s famous villain, The Misfit, from “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” At the end of the story he has a famous line, “Jesus thrown everything off balance.” The Misfit is a nihilist who couldn’t believe in a God he couldn’t see but acknowledged that whether He was who he said he was or not…the world has been thrown into something new and bewildering because of Him.
Bouncers encapsulate the heart of the dismantling of the world as we know it. Hurricane Harvey has brought so much destruction. Life never slows down after disaster strikes. It...
TBM response to North Texas storms results in 7 professions of faith
by Guest Author on June 20, 2019 in news
Sunday, June 9 began TBM’s Disaster Relief efforts in the Dallas area after strong storms caused thousands of trees to fall on homes, property and across power lines disrupting electricity for hundreds of thousands of people...
Taste and See
by Cecily McIlwain on June 19, 2019 in bounce
Though it has been two years since Harvey touched landfall there is still so much devastation. Students from FBC Kingwood and Parkside Baptist in Denison continued work at Bobby Beach Park today. The flooding to the area has rotted the wood in the sheds and damaged the baseball field. Lack of resources made it difficult for the community to repair the park. As a result, it was left to be overgrown with weeds and filled with trash. I was able to talk to Ethan, an incoming 8th-grade student at FBC Kingwood, while we worked on removing vines from the fences. Ethan was excited about the opportunities he has to...
Logsdon student learns from mentoring, mentors youth
by Guest Author on June 19, 2019 in great commission
While all Logsdon Seminary students take classes in preparation for ministry, many of them are already putting their knowledge into practice in ministry positions. ...
It's GO TIME
by Cecily McIlwain on June 18, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers wrapped up a long and hard first day of work! Students came back from their worksites with transformational testimonies. Allen Heights Baptist Church (pictured above) was able to move an elderly couple back into their home for the first time since Harvey. The resident admitted that this would be his first time sleeping in his bed in two years. What a wonderful gift! Each and every student stepped outside of their comfort zone to do something great for the Kingdom.
The challenge this week is to step out into boldness. Tonight students gave sacrificially for the...
Bouncers Dock in Galveston, TX
by Cecily McIlwain on June 17, 2019 in bounce
This week 260 students from 10 Texas churches will serve communities all over Galveston in an effort to help families on this island town recover from hurricane Harvey. Participating churches include Acton Baptist Church, Allen Heights Baptist Church, FBC Fairfield, FBC Porter, Kingwood FBC, North Park FBC, Parkside Baptist Church, Southeast Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church, FBC La Vernia. We are so excited to serve with them this week.
Leadership this week includes Mission Coordinator Shawn Edwards, Construction Coordinator Mark Haveman, Worship Speaker Brian Pearce...
Do it Again
by Cecily McIlwain on June 15, 2019 in bounce
We have concluded a wonderful week of disaster recovery in Houston! Nearly 100 students from six churches finished over 13 projects. Students were challenged to Bounce back home. If we really believe that the work we did this week was and is God inspired then it is impossible to just walk away. Bouncers displayed an amazing love for God and God’s people this week. The Bounce team has enjoyed working with and learning from the student’s love and work ethic.
Worship speaker, Nick Cooper, gave students necessary tools to continue growing closer to God through the study of Scripture. The table of contents is...
A Glimpse of Heaven
by Cecily McIlwain on June 14, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers had the privilege of experiencing a glimpse of heaven this week as the Church came together to be the fullest expression of God’s boundless love and grace...
by Cecily McIlwain on June 12, 2019 in bounce
Breakfast at Bounce is much like breakfast at home. It is a great time to catch up with the family and plan out the day together. This morning I got to hang out with some ladies from First Baptist Kilgore. Eleventh-grade student, Maci Hatcher, was excited to get back to her work site at the trailer park this morning – after her morning cup of tea of course. She was able to spend time with a little girl in the community named Genesis. Maci explained she is grateful for her previous mission experience last summer in Honduras. There she was able to practice her Spanish language skills with children in Honduran communities. The trailer...
Bouncers to the Rescue!
by Cecily McIlwain on June 11, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers gave a total of $326.36 toward hurricane Harvey rehabilitation. Each dollar was a sacrificial gift and affirmation of their servant-leader hearts. They really are heroes! ...
Legacy Award recipients honored for focus, faith and bearing fruit
by Texas Baptists Communications on June 11, 2019 in news
Hardage recognized Teaff and Torres as two individuals, “who have shown us how to focus, be faithful and bear fruit.&rdquo...
by Cecily McIlwain on June 10, 2019 in bounce
Our Bouncers have arrived and we couldn’t be happier. They survived long bus rides and scorching temperatures but they have made it nonetheless. Bouncers are revved up and excited to get to work tomorrow morning. Bouncers will be split into nine different teams covering the entire Houston area from North Houston to Baytown.
The entire Gulf Coast region of Texas experienced severe flooding and damage from wind. This week’s teams will spend their time removing and repairing fences, repainting the outside of buildings, and clearing debris. They have a long, hard week ahead of them but they are filled with purpose and...
ES IMPORTANTE PROTEGER A LOS MENORES DE EDAD
by Ferrell Foster on June 10, 2019 in clc espanol
Protegemos a los niños y a los adolescentes porque son un regalo de Dios y una bendición al mundo. Al crecer son vulnerables debido a su tamaño y a las etapas de desarrollo por las que atraviesan, y requieren de adultos que los cuiden y protejan.
No todas las sociedades le dan una gran importancia a la protección de los más jóvenes. Incluso en los Estados Unidos, tuvieron que aprobarse leyes laborales para proteger a los niños y adolescentes de la explotación. También nos aseguramos de que reciban educación básica, que los pequeños vayan asegurados en los automóviles, que los padres los traten apropiadamente, y no se permite que ningún adulto se involucre sexualmente con menores de 17 años de edad.
Aunque no todas las culturas protegen a los niños y los adolescentes de la manera que la sociedad estadounidense lo hace en la actualidad, las Escrituras hablan del gran valor que Dios le da a los menores de edad. (La Biblia fue escrita en un tiempo y lugar en que los niños llegaban a “la mayoría de edad” a los 13 años; en nuestra sociedad, con el aumento de su complejidad, esa edad es por lo general entre los 17 o 18, y algunas leyes reflejan ese aumento)...
How Go Now Missions Orientation prepared me to serve
by Guest Author on June 10, 2019 in great commandment
My experience at Go Now Missions Orientation was life-changing. I thought I knew how everything was going to go, but when I allowed myself to learn and grow I walked away with so many tools and knowledge that I didn’t even know was out there...
Bouncing Into Summer 2019
by Cecily McIlwain on June 9, 2019 in bounce
Tomorrow, six Texas-based churches will arrive at South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena, TX to begin the first week of the summer 2019 disaster recovery projects with Bounce. They will focus their work on areas devasted by hurricane Harvey. We are excited to welcome a cumulative of 96 students and volunteers from Brazos Meadows Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Fort Worth, First Baptist Church Kilgore, First Baptist Church Seguin, South Main Baptist Church Pasadena, and Westside Baptist Church.
This week is made possible by hardworking staff who have been preparing weeks in advance to get everything ready when the buses roll...
Texas Baptists announces 2019 State Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament winners
by Kalie Lowrie on June 6, 2019 in news
Three students received first place in individual events at the 2019 Texas Baptists State Bible Drill and Speakers’ Tournament...
Operation Border Blessing brings national leaders together to discuss care amidst crisis
by Kalie Lowrie on June 4, 2019 in news
The Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission hosted an Operation Border Blessing luncheon on Thurs., May 23, in Mission, Texas, for evangelical leaders and several government officials to discuss critical needs and responses to the border crisis...
Ministry refines food distribution process to offer community more dignified access to food
by Guest author on June 1, 2019 in hunger offering
By Abby Hopkins
When a person comes to Christian Family Baptist Church for the monthly food distribution, they drive through to receive the food. However, this is changing as the ministry finalizes a weekly grocery store-type experience for the community.
Christian Family Baptist Church is a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering partner in San Antonio planning to open a new building this month. This opening is part of a larger shift in the food distribution process, where Pastor Rob Johnson said people can now have more dignified access to food.
“We will provide a more modern approach to fighting hunger and malnutrition,” Johnson said. “The plan is to continue to refine to meet new people and share Christ. We’re addressing spiritual needs and physical needs.”...