Baptist Life

For those with a passion for healthcare and a calling to missions, the International Mission Board has avenues of service ready to fill. The IMB is hosting MedAdvance, a conference for believers interested in using healthcare strategies to open doors to a hurting world and gain access to unreached peoples and places in unique ways. The conference will be at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee, Aug. 3-5.

As the Hispanic population in the U.S. grows, new challenges are emerging. For example, more children and teenagers from Hispanic households are improving their English language skills but are not developing or even losing their native Spanish language skills. As a result, in many Hispanic households in the U.S., parents speak little English and their children speak little or no Spanish.

Steve is a genius.  Really.  He is a pharmacist, a deacon, a missionary, plus so much more.  I can’t think of anything he can’t do.  His wife, Alicia, is also very intelligent.  They both have hearts for Jesus, serve Him faithfully, and are dear friends. Steve and Alicia are leading our mission trip to Kenya this summer.  They encourage us, guide us, and lead us as we prepare for the trip.  In that prep is the e-visa for entrance into the country.

CLARKSTON, Ga. — Georgia Baptists are taking the gospel to the state’s rapidly growing refugee population one backpack at a time. In fact, backpacks have become crucial evangelistic tools in Georgia, a state that’s home to more than 1 million people who were born in other countries — often in places that are hostile to the gospel.

Are you a planner? I definitely am! I love to know the plan, make the plan, and see the plan come to fruition. There is a sense of accomplishment in this, at least for me there is. I also have a hard time when the plans change or fall apart. It can leave me with a sense of panic and disappointment. There is a feeling of defeat in this. I can take it as a personal failure.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The “CSB Explorer Bible for Kids” by Holman Bibles of Lifeway Christian Resources was named Bible of the Year at the recent Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Christian Book Awards. This marks the first time in 18 years the the association has named a children’s resource Bible of the Year. Only two children’s Bibles have won the award since the category was introduced in 1988.

Over the past year, tropical cyclones, flash floods and landslides have devastated islands along the Asia Rim. Islanders in more rural areas struggled to recover because government aid rarely reached their remote villages and uncovering their homes from the debris required inaccessible heavy equipment. Many of these island communities included people groups who had never heard the gospel or had any contact with a Christian.

SUWANEE, Ga. – Georgia Pastor Mike Stone is promising to stand up against what he describes as a “cancel culture” within the Southern Baptist Convention if he’s elected SBC president. Meanwhile, Texas Pastor Bart Barber says he wants to finish tasks he began after being elected to the post a year ago.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — When Rick Jenkins first came to Columbus State in 2016 as director of campus ministry after a long career with the International Mission Board, he didn’t see a campus, he saw a mission field where he discipled young Christians and led others to Christ. “We loved what we did,” said the 70-year-old Jenkins who, with his wife, Cindy, is now moving into retirement. “It was never a job to us. It never seemed like work.”

HULL, Ga. — Sharon Reid is proud of her great uncle Harry Spratlin, a Georgia soldier killed in action in the waning days of World War I. Reid and her cousins gathered this Memorial Day weekend to lay a wreath at the base of his headstone in a rural cemetery just up the road from the farm where he was raised.

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