As the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, Southern Baptists continue to bring help, healing and hope to hundreds of people in New York and New Jersey affected by the Oct. 29, 2012 storm.
This is a guest blog from Kevin Marsico, Northeast Region Coordinator for Send North America
The fall tour of the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Send North America Experience debuted Sept. 8 just blocks away from the site of the trigger event of the American Revolution and in a venue rich with significant history all its own, Tremont Temple Baptist Church. More than 1,100 attenders lined up around the block passing the final resting place of Paul Revere and dozens of other patriot’s headstones on their way to hear a message from David Platt, worship with the Passion Band and be challenged to live life on mission.
Stephanie Copenhaver is not entirely sure why they keep coming back or why they showed up in the first place. Apart from an invitation through her kids and their friends, there was nothing else that drew six students two years ago—midsummer, no less—to “learn about Jesus” in a four-week study in July.
Liz Olear has learned you can’t separate faith from other areas of life. Following several months of missionary service through a North American Mission Board (NAMB) Generation Send missionary internship where she also participated in a Life On Mission study, Olear was further convinced of how integrated the gospel should be to all areas of life.
On Oct. 2, Southern Baptists are encouraged to take time to pray for pastors and missionaries who are spreading the gospel worldwide. The special day is set aside as part of the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) TenTwo prayer emphasis, which comes from Luke 10:2 in which Jesus calls on His followers to pray that God would send more workers into the harvest field.
Fritz Wilson, executive director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) for the North American Mission Board, was one of 12 new appointees to the National Advisory Council (NAC) for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
If Eric Suddith would have looked at Emmanuel Baptist Mission Church in Conyers, Ga., as only a business proposition in 2004 when he first encountered it, the Wharton-trained former businessman-turned-pastor likely would have given it up for dead. Just over a decade old at the time, the church had only eight members left. It had no plan to move forward and impact its community.
Patty Wetzel already knew the life-altering devastation that can come when fire strikes her home. She remembers well the night 37 years ago—as a young mother—when she and her family were forced to flee their burning home while still in their pajamas. Her family lost “everything” that night.
When CrossPoint Church added a second worship service across town at an auto supply store, pastor Andy Addis and the church’s leadership didn’t have a grand strategic reason to do so. There was no plan to put churches in key locations around rural Kansas.
Dhati Lewis wants to remind pastors and church planters that a call to the pastorate is not merely a call to preach. Fresh from leading a workshop at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center July 21-26, Lewis said he wants pastors to understand their role is more than preaching, and that church planting and discipleship are two sides of the same coin.
As Alabama pastor Derek Staples (@harleydreamer) prepared for a July mission trip to Honduras, he was on the lookout for a visual way to express the gospel in a pre-literate environment. The church mission team would be setting up a medical clinic at a local school and sharing the gospel to those who came for help. He also had nearly 40 opportunities to preach during a three-day period.
Massive flooding in Michigan affecting tens of thousands of homes and businesses has opened the door for ministry by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers. The three-county area around Warren has been describe as the nation’s largest natural disaster that no one has heard about, largely because the news has been overshadowed by the fatal police-involved shooting and ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
Children have been carrying bags full of pennies, nickels and dimes into Vacation Bible School in order to donate to Southern Baptist missionaries for years. Many never see what happens through their gifts or who benefits from them.
Many church planters—Dhati Lewis and D.A. Horton among them—define urban as the meeting place of diversity and density. Both men are urban church planters, by any definition, and practical missiologists.
When Steve Tiebout planted a church in northern California in the late 1990s, he would have relished the help of a worship leader like 23-year-old Curtis Looper. Young, talented, full of energy and with a passionate love of Jesus, Looper already shows the God-given ability to prepare a congregation for corporate worship. And at age 23, he’ll likely only get better.
Gerry Roe and a team of more than 20 Northwest Baptist Convention volunteers were preparing food for fire survivors. Southern Baptists have been providing meals—about 1,200 a day—since Monday.
Travis Kunckel had no idea his selection of a temporary base of operation for his consulting business would lead to the proprietor’s spiritual transformation.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams began preparing meals and providing shelter on Sunday, July 20, for families affected by wildfires in Okanogan County Washington.
When Jim Jackson became the pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tenn., in January 2013, his first move wasn’t what you might expect.