When Randy Corn arrived in Gulfport, Miss., in April of 2006, with a team of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers, he expected to spend most of his week doing construction projects. Six months after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the city, there was plenty of work to keep the whole team busy. Already the group, from Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden, N.C., had served in the area multiple times and seen many give their lives to Christ.
Dionne Williams opened the large French doors that led into his Gulfport, Miss., home, and couldn’t believe what he saw. Hurricane Katrina had devastated everything it had touched in his neighborhood. His house wasn’t spared. Five and a half feet of water throughout the house. Clothes ruined. Books destroyed. Tools unusable. Photos, memorabilia, priceless family mementoes gone forever. The only salvageable item in the entire house was a drill that Williams had left on his bed before the evacuation.
A world-renowned illusionist; a working-mom and neighborhood missionary; a former NFL kicker; and an entrepreneur-turned-executive sat down with Ed Stetzer during the 2015 Send North America Conference to talk about their personal experiences taking missions into everyday life.
The significant role of the Cooperative Program in Southern Baptist life took center stage at the 2015 Send North America Conference during a main session panel discussion led by Kevin Ezell on Aug. 4.
One name. That is what Louie Giglio, the 2015 Send North America Conference evening session keynote speaker, told attendees they need to focus on. “We are celebrating the gospel—and a name,” said Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church. “The gospel is not that sin made us bad. It is worse than that. Sin made us dead. But Jesus stepped into our dilemma. He did not leave His throne to make us good people. He came to make us not dead.”
NASHVILLE – The 22 students from The Church at Lifepark had no idea they would be the first of thousands. Student minister Paul Coleman registered his Mount Pleasant, S.C., group for the 2015 Send North America (SNA) Conference when online reservations opened last year. More than 13,000 people have followed their lead.
Long days have become the standard for Nathan Vedoya. As a bi-vocational church planter, there’s no such thing as typical, but this may be as close as it gets. He wakes up early, shares the breakfast-making responsibilities with his wife, and drops the kids off at school before heading to his full-time job as the shelter manager for Hope Mission in Edmonton, Alberta. His wife, Deen-Deen, also heads out to a full day of work at around the same time.
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has established a fund to help African-American churches that have been damaged or destroyed by fire in recent weeks. Seven churches have been involved in the two weeks since a white supremacist murdered nine church members in Charleston, S.C. At least three of the fires have been determined to be arson. None as of yet have been ruled a hate crime, but investigations continue.
Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting messengers were reminded that their missionaries, sent from their churches, serve in dark places across North America and the globe. Co-hosted by the IMB at the request of SBC President Ronnie Floyd, the Church and Missionary Sending Celebration closed out the Wednesday morning session of the SBC.
With much to celebrate in the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) report to messengers in Wednesday morning’s session at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), president Kevin Ezell shared highlights of a year of ministry expansion and introduced what he called “NAMB Phase II” to messengers.