River Ministry work along the border increases as border towns experience influx of needs
by Kalie Lowrie on July 29, 2019 in news
Texas Baptists River Ministry missionaries are currently at work in El Paso/Juarez, Del Rio/Ciudad Acuña, Laredo/Nuevo Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, partnering with local churches and organizations and meeting the needs of immigrants, deportees, refugees and asylum seekers. ...
State leaders return to local ministry, retire in series of staff changes
by Kalie Lowrie on July 29, 2019 in news
A number of Texas Baptists leaders have announced in the last few months that they are transitioning roles. ...
Final Day of Church Planting in Dallas
by Cecily McIlwain on July 27, 2019 in bounce
Today wraps up our last day of church planting in Dallas. We were honored to partner with amazing local church planters in Dallas and students from FBC El Paso. This week has been so meaningful to Bouncers as they have had the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zones and press into God’s faithfulness.
Sermons this summer have focused on heroes of the Bible. Pastor Tom Howe has encouraged students this week to be courageous because we are all heroes. Young people are not lesser for their youth. Many worship speakers this summer have highlighted the power of young people in the...
Church and Doughnuts
by Cecily McIlwain on July 26, 2019 in bounce
One of our largest groups this week is partnered with West End Church led by David Miranda. They have participated in a variety of different church planting projects this week. Their projects have included eating with the homeless, planting flowers in the city, playing with children at the local school gym, and painting at the school. They were able to have gospel conversations in both Spanish and English.
Students Colbie Cornell, Alex Kelly, and Dominic Lara shared about their experience during worship today. Dominic was especially moved by the location of the church. West End Church meets outside a doughnut shop (a popular spot...
Not just another summer camp: Super Summer equips students to share
by Bonnie Shaw on July 26, 2019 in great commission
“Super Summer is not just another camp...It’s camp on spiritual steroids.&rdquo...
The Kingdom of Heaven Meets the Animal Kingdom
by Cecily McIlwain on July 25, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers descended upon Dallas today for another great day of church planting. Interestingly, one group of students with Kingdom Church spent the better part of their day at the Dallas Zoo! I could never imagine doing ministry at a zoo but that is what this group did and they certainly made a day of it.
Students began their day at the zoo by talking with people they encountered. They then passed out flyers about the church to families they encountered. The day at the zoo finished with Bouncers walking around the zoo and ministering to a group of children from a local recreation center. They are continuing...
Church Planting Day One in Dallas
by Cecily McIlwain on July 24, 2019 in bounce
Alyssa, an incoming high school student, said that she is looking forward to sharing the gospel with kids and helping them further their faith this week during back-yard Bible clubs. We are so thankful for these student’s positive attitudes and willingness to serve in any capacity that furthers Christ’s Kingdom...
Family ties: God’s plan for one Go Now missionary in South Asia
by Bonnie Shaw on July 24, 2019 in great commission
Though she originally only wanted to go for two weeks, Connor felt God tugging on her heart to go for the whole summer. ...
Go Now Missions: Finding old connections in a new city
by Guest Author on July 24, 2019 in great commission
Three students have a closer connection to our missions team than we ever thought possible. ...
First Bounce Church Planting Mission in Dallas, TX!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 23, 2019 in bounce
The Bounce team is happy to welcome First Baptist Church El Paso to Duncanville, TX for our first ever Bounce Church Planting missions experience! We are thankful for our lodging facility, Duncanville’s First Baptist Church, and the accommodations they have made for us.
Our church planters this week include Ernest Yancy at Blueprint International Sanctuary in Arlington, TX, Chris Walker at Kingdom Church in Mesquite, TX, Salvador Rivas at Healing Hands Community Church in Dallas, TX, and David Miranda at West End Church in Dallas, TX. Students will be able to participate in a wide variety...
MAP Stories: Luke San-Gupta
by Guest Author on July 23, 2019 in
God heard the simple prayer of His faithful servant and healed this lady...
See You Next Year!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 19, 2019 in bounce
We concluded a great week of work in Victoria, TX! Everyone finished their projects and some even had the opportunity to build great relationships with their homeowners. We are so grateful for the ministry of our Worship Leader, Eric Martinez. He delivered the Word to us boldly with truth and grace. We praise God for his ministry and the gifts God has given him to engage with students. It has been a rewarding week ministering alongside Eric and these students.
While there was heartbreak with the loss of three of our student’s grandfather this week, we were overjoyed to have them stay...
The 86th Legislative Session in Review
by Kathryn Freeman on July 19, 2019 in public policy
The 86th Legislative Session has ended and most lawmakers have returned home. Here is a recap of some of their legislative accomplishments and failures of key legislation related to the 2018-2019 CLC legislative priorities. ...
African American Fellowship Conference focuses on strengthening one another
by Bonnie Shaw on July 19, 2019 in news
The week, which included worship, more than 30 seminars, special luncheons, and officer elections, centered around working together with fellow pastors, WMU Sisters Who Care, and AAF members. ...
Raise the Roof!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 18, 2019 in bounce
Bounce collegiate staff had the opportunity to visit and work at all four worksites this morning. It was so great to work alongside these awesome students. Some of our staffers used their first electric saw and nail gun, climbed atop their first roof, and helped with their first fence. Our junior high and high school students were great instructors today. They encouraged us through the heat of the day.
We got a lot of roofing and shingling completed for a shed and one of our resident’s houses. Putting on shingles is a humbling task. It takes a lot of patience and can go rather quickly but only if your team...
CLC releases new resource on alcohol and drug use
by Ferrell Foster on July 18, 2019 in clc
To help Christians and churches better understand what the Bible says on both alcohol and illegal drug use, the Christian Life Commission has compiled a new resource. It is a six-page document titled "On Alcohol & Drug Use: A Biblical Perspective." (It does not deal with prescription drug abuse; we hope to do something soon on that subject.)
In American culture alcohol use is common. Advertising associates drinking with good times, parties, and beautiful people. It may not, however, be as widely consumed as sometimes perceived. The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health said 70.1 percent of people reported they drank alcoholic beverages in the past year; 56.0 percent reported that they drank in the past month. That's most Americans, but almost half of Americans steered clear of alcohol over the previous month.
Still, the negative consequences of alcohol abuse are staggering. According the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, here are some of the stats:
- An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.
- In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities).
- In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 billion.
- Three-quarters of the total cost of alcohol misuse is related to binge drinking.
- More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems.
Kathryn Freeman leaving CLC after five years of service
It is with both sadness and excitement that I write to let you know we are losing a valued employee of the past five years -- Kathryn Freeman.
Kathryn will be leaving our staff the end of July in order to pursue her Master of Divinity degree full time at Baylor University's Truett Seminary. She also will be working with Truett.
Kathryn has led our public policy efforts since joining us in August 2014. She came to us as a practicing attorney with legislative staff experience, and she used her experience and abilities to further Texas Baptists's work in Austin. Kathryn especially brought a Matthew 25 emphasis on caring for "the least of these" through her policy work. The CLC has seen great success in advancing policy initiatives and blocking ill-conceived policy proposals...
Peace and Reflection
by Cecily McIlwain on July 17, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers made serious headway on their projects today. Fences are going up, walls are being painted, and roofs are being repaired. Some of our students will even be moving on to other work sites tomorrow. We are so proud of their work.
Tonight they concluded a wonderful night of worship themed around the Psalms of David. Students traveled through the highs and lows of David’s life and ministry. They had the opportunity to reflect on unity, rewrite Psalm 23, think about God’s mercy and restoration, and proclaim thanksgiving. Moments of reflection like this are so important. Silence and calm...
Great First Day in Victoria
by Cecily McIlwain on July 16, 2019 in bounce
Students got their day going with enthusiastic tunes and a delicious breakfast. It is always such a joy to spend the morning with students. Hearing their stories and affirming their dreams is one of the greatest joys for the Bounce team!
Bouncers came back to our lodging facility today a little stinky and full of great stories from an amazing first day. One group that spent most of the day working on a roof was also able to meet their homeowner. They were met by a man in a wheelchair (the homeowner) at their worksite who immediately expressed gratitude and asked to be prayed over by the team. We are so happy...
Why one Leadership Texas Baptists member invites others to be a part
by Guest Author on July 16, 2019 in faith
I believe that the architects of that future are the emerging leaders of Texas Baptist. ...
HPU Social Work director teaches students to approach career field with a Christian mindset
by Guest Author on July 15, 2019 in great commission
After working in secular social work higher education for eight years, Rachel Derrington knew she was called to something more. ...
Student Disaster Recovery in Victoria!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 15, 2019 in bounce
We are excited for a new week of disaster recovery in Victoria, TX! Three churches (Faith Family Fellowship, Burton Hill Baptist Church, FBC Copperas Cove) will be joining us to repair homes and encourage communities with their acts of service this week.
Mission Coordinator, Carlos Montoya, and Construction Coordinator, Mark Haveman, and the Bounce collegiate staff have put in a lot of work to get everything in order for students to serve this week. We are appreciative of Northside Baptist Church in Victoria for hosting us this week and for Pastor Eric Martinez who is serving as our...
Goodbye Coastal Bend!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 13, 2019 in bounce
Tonight wraps up an awesome week in the Coastal Bend! We had a great group of students who never gave up. They worked so hard this whole week and the community took note of their service. What great examples of Christ and His Kingdom. Love comes in many forms and this week students showed love through their sweat and positive attitudes.
We pray that these students (after some much needed rest) will start thinking about how they can “bounce back home” in their own communities. Their work this week will make a lasting impact in this community but how can their impact be replicated?...
River Ministry Partnership
by Cecily McIlwain on July 11, 2019 in bounce
Bouncers assembled sixty-six hygiene kits for Texas Baptist’s River Ministry. These kits contain essentials like toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, and soap. The River Ministry gives these kits to families that participate in free health conferences and health clinics. They are also used in prison ministries along the border.
These gifts recognize the humanity in those who may be in need of resources and encouragement. It is hard to be away from home without resources, friends, community, and perhaps even a language barrier. Praise God that all are welcome to draw near to Him. Bouncer’s simple act of love...
by Cecily McIlwain on July 10, 2019 in bounce
Tonight marks the end of a rewarding second day in Coastal Bend. Bouncers never wavered for a moment today. Some of our teams have been able to move onto new sites and/ start new projects at their locations. The tenacity of these students to do their jobs well has is unbelievable.
We have seen students face many challenges pushing through hot days, serving at locations with no water or electricity, wading through mounds of trash and dirt to clean up a home, getting on top of roofs, etc. Through it all, they are determined to get the job done. We seldom (if ever) hear a complaint from...
Go Time in Coastal Bend
by Cecily McIlwain on July 9, 2019 in bounce
We are proud of all our teams and the relationships they are building with the Lord, each other, and the homeowners they are serving. ...
Bouncers Assemble in Portland Texas!
by Cecily McIlwain on July 8, 2019 in bounce
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 ...
Mineral Wells ministry offers a hand up to those in need
by Guest Author on July 1, 2019 in hunger offering
By Abby Hopkins
“Mommy, you did it.”
A woman who had been struggling to get her GED heard these words at graduation coming from her daughter. Now, she is taking college classes and will occasionally visit the ministry that helped her get there – Mineral Wells Center of Life.
Mineral Wells Center of Life, a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering partner ministry, began in 2011 to reach its community. Since opening, the ministry has been able to offer a variety of services from GED (high school equivalency) classes to food distribution to job training programs and more.
Executive Director Cindy Maness said the center’s ministries have recently expanded.
“You never know what the need is going to be,” Maness said....