August 2019


MAP Stories: The Carpenter Family


In August 2015, Aaron and Nichole Carpenter and their children uprooted their lives in Alabama to move to the Pacific Northwest to plant a church. With little idea of where they would go, they began researching, and prayerfully settled on Tacoma, Washington as their new home and the location of the church plant. ...

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Passing the chalk: Advice from experienced teachers to teachers starting their first year


As the new school year began, a fresh batch of teachers entered into schools around the country, nervous and excited for their first year of teaching. Though they have studied, student taught and prepared all summer, many of them still have lingering questions of what to expect...

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After-school program provides church with new ministry opportunities in the community


First Baptist Church of Monahans has been actively involved in after-school ministry for five years. Judy Braswell, minister of Children, Education and Missions, began the ministry, and she continues to run it with a passion to this day. ...

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Beyond the bars: new ministry focuses on the forgotten members of the prison system


Correctional officers and other employees of the prison system have often been overlooked by ministry efforts for years, despite the fact that they are in desperate need of Jesus’ love and mercy. Jim Young, coordinator of Restorative Justice and former prison chaplain, saw this problem and began looking for unique ways to minister to these officers.

He said, “What I saw was we were doing a lot of things for the inmates… but [we] would walk right by the officers and not even say ‘hello.’”

New ministry efforts for correctional officers

Young and other members of Texas Baptist Men (TBM)  began speaking to the...

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How your church can get involved with local schools


Partnering with schools is a great way for churches to get plugged into the community and serve other people. Below are five tips that churches and Texas Baptists staff have suggested for connecting with your local schools...

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Regional motorcycle retreat in Kerrville aims to foster community and worship


The first Light Up the Hills Regional Motorcycle Retreat will be hosted in Kerrville, TX on Sept. 13 and 14. This retreat will provide Christian riders a chance to gather together and be encouraged through a motorcycle rally approach. It is free to all participants. ...

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The value of a donor advised fund


You may have heard about the benefits of something called a “Donor Advised Fund.” Simply put, a Donor Advised Fund is a vehicle for giving that lets you contribute assets to the fund when it’s most advantageous for you, receive a tax deduction, and then later decide how you want the money distributed. ...

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Four Distinct Cultures Every Hispanic Church Should Reach


David Miranda, pastor  of West End Church and  Texas Baptists Missions Specialist, describes ministry in a multi-ethnic church in Dallas...

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Cuatro Culturas Distintas Que Cada Iglesia Hispana Debe Alcanzar


David Miranda, pastor de West End Church y Especialista en Misiones para los Texas Baptists, describe el ministerio  en una iglesia multi-étnica en Dallas...

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DBU Scholarship Provides Hispanic Students an Opportunity to Grow as Leaders


New scholarship opportunities provide Hispanic students at Dallas Baptist University with the financial support they need to grow as leaders within their communities...

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La Beca de DBU Provee a Estudiantes Hispanos una Oportunidad para Crecer Como Líderes


Nuevas oportunidades de becas para estudiantes hispanos en DBU proveen el sostén económico que necesitan para crecer como líderes en sus comunidades...

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Rooted: HPU community provides a place for spiritual and personal growth


“I’m really surprised with how much community and genuine relationships I’ve had since my freshman year, which is probably why I’m so attached to this place. The people here are amazing.”...

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Ministry of Love


Read about the important work taking place on the Texas-Mexico border through River Ministry, and how Baptist churches in the area are stepping up to take care of hundreds of immigrants in need...

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Ministerio de Amor


Lea acerca del trabajo importante que se está realizando en la frontera de Texas-México por medio  de River Ministry y cómo  las iglesias bautistas en el  área están asumiendo el cuidado de cientos de inmigrantes en necesidad...

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A Multi-generational, Multi-lingual Congregation Reaching a Changing Community


In San Antonio, Life Church has learned how to overcome cultural and generational differences to minister to their diverse, ever-changing community...

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Una Congregación Multi-lingüe y Multi-generacional Alcanza a una Comunidad en Cambio


En San Antonio, Life  Church ha aprendido cómo vencer las diferencias culturales y generacionales para ministrar a una comunidad diversa en constante cambio...

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Texas Baptists partnership with the National Mission Board of Brazil continues to grow


A small group of Texas Baptists stood in one of the various Baptist rehabilitation centers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, listening as a young man passionately recounted his salvation from a life of drug addiction through his newfound faith in Jesus Christ...

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CLC DA A CONOCER UN NUEVO RECURSO SOBRE EL ALCOHOL Y EL USO DE DROGAS


Para ayudar a los cristianos y a las iglesias a comprender mejor lo que la Biblia dice sobre el alcohol y el uso de drogas ilegales, la Comisión de Vida Cristiana ha elaborado un nuevo recurso. Se trata de un documento de seis páginas titulado “Sobre el alcohol y el uso de las drogas: Una perspectiva bíblica”. El texto no habla sobre el abuso de drogas de receta médica; esperamos hacer algo para esclarecer ese tema muy pronto.

Con todo, las consecuencias negativas del abuso del alcohol son pasmosas. De acuerdo al    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Instituto Nacional para la Prevención del Abuso de Alcohol y el Alcoholismo, en español), sobresalen los siguientes datos:

  • Se estima que 88,000 personas mueren por causas relacionadas al alcohol cada año, lo que lo convierte en la tercera causa prevenible de muerte más importante en los Estados Unidos. La primera es el tabaco, la segunda es la dieta deficiente y la inactividad física. 

  • En el 2014, los accidentes automovilísticos fatales por motivo del exceso de alcohol fueron la causa de 9,967 muertes (31% del total de muertes por accidentes automovilísticos).

  • En el 2010, el consumo indebido de alcohol le costó a los Estados Unidos $249 mil millones de dólares.

  • Tres cuartas parte del costo total por causa del consumo indebido de alcohol se relaciona con el consumo compulsivo del alcohol.

  • Más del 10% de los niños estadounidenses viven con un padre que tiene problemas con el alcohol.

  • Los estudios indican que el consumo de alcohol durante la adolescencia podría interferir con el desarrollo normal del cerebro del adolescente e incrementar el riesgo de desarrollar Síndrome de Abuso de Alcohol (AUD, por sus siglas en inglés). Además de ello, el consumo de menores contribuye a una amplia gama de consecuencias graves, tales como lesiones, asaltos sexuales e incluso muertes, entre las que se incluyen aquellas que son provocadas por accidentes automovilísticos.

  • 1,825 estudiantes universitarios de entre 18 y 24 años de edad mueren a causa de heridas no intencionales provocadas por el consumo de alcohol; en ellas se incluyen los accidentes automovilísticos.

  • 696,000 estudiantes sufren de ataques sexuales de parte de otros estudiantes que han bebido.

  • 97,000 estudiantes reportan haber experimentado ataques sexuales o violaciones en relación al consumo de alcohol.

  • Cerca de uno de cada cuatro estudiantes universitarios reportó haber sufrido consecuencias de tipo académico por causa del alcohol, entre las que se incluye el faltar a clases, retrasarse en clase, hacer un papel ineficiente en exámenes y trabajos de investigación, y recibir bajas calificaciones en general.

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BOUNCE offers exciting new church planting opportunities for students


In addition to providing invaluable physical help to hurting communities, this Texas Baptists ministry of junior high, high school and college-aged students is expanding to provide support to budding churches as well. ...

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Project:Start partners with local clinic to provide school supplies for refugee children


When the staff at the Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas began planning their next office event, they knew they wanted it to be more meaningful than a happy hour or luncheon...

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ETBU BSM helps students grow in faith


"...students at ETBU are able to engage in a holistic education that not only engages their minds, but also grows them in their relationships with Jesus...

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How to organize a school supplies drive for your church


Rosa Bailey provides some tips that she has learned about how to organize an amazing school supply drive...

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El Paso-area Baptist churches join together for prayer following tragic shooting


One day after a mass shooting which took the lives of 20 people and injured 26 more, Baptist churches around El Paso joined together at First Baptist Church of El Paso...

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Texas Baptist leaders call for prayer, respond to El Paso shooting


Our Texas Baptist family is heartbroken over the tragic and senseless mass shooting of this past weekend in El Paso...

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