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  • NAMB's 2018 topped by Annie Offering, disaster relief

    by NAMB Staff, posted Thursday, December 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Sara Brockmann/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In 2018 Southern Baptists stepped up their support of North American missions while helping thousands of disaster survivors who endured devastating hurricanes, fires and floods as well as a church in Texas after a tragedy that shocked the world.

    Here is a look at some of the highlights from 2018 as the North American Mission Board (NAMB) had the privilege of partnering with Southern Baptist churches in these and numerous other ways. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Where poppies grow

    by Sarah Dixon Young, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (3 months ago)

    The resilience of poppies in former battlefields, Sarah Dixon Young writes, conveys "a picture of the Lord's work during times of great personal tragedy and loss." Read More

  • 'Looking up': 1 year after Sutherland Springs attack

    by Mike Ebert, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

    North American Mission Board photo by Andrew Pearle.
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Once members of the news media journey to Sutherland Springs, Texas, many leave with something unexpected after spending time with First Baptist Church pastor Frank Pomeroy and the congregation, which lost 26 people in a mass shooting attack one year ago.

    "Out of all the shootings I have covered," one reporter recently told Pomeroy, "you are the only ones who are smiling, thriving and moving forward."

    To be sure, there are still many tough days. Sometimes tears come at unexpected moments. ... Read More

  • Sherri Pomeroy tells of life after church shooting

    by Shannon Baker, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- Sherri Pomeroy never expected for 26 people in her church family to enter heaven together when she and her husband Frank Pomeroy agreed to serve at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs 17 years ago.

    But on Nov. 5 of last year, in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, a gunman took the lives of 26 worshipers, including the Pomeroys' 14-year-old daughter Annabelle. Another 20 church members were injured in the attack. Read More

  • Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, May 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Andrew Pearle/NAMB
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Karla Holcombe, one of 26 victims to die in shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017, walked the lot adjacent to the church often, praying for God to provide a place for expansion. Members said the two-acre tract was too expensive.

    "You're not going to have to buy a church. God is going to give it to us," Holcombe replied.

    "God gave it to us," Mark Collins said, recalling Holcombe's story before some 350-400 gathered May 5, 2018, for groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Sutherland Springs facility. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The National Day of Prayer

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tomorrow an incredible movement will unfold in our country. Millions of Americans across all 50 states will gather in churches, local businesses, the steps of city halls, in schools, neighborhoods and public gathering places for a day of public prayer for the United States of America.

    In one voice, they will lift a single prayer request to God: unity in America.

    This Thursday, May 3, is the National Day of Prayer. It will be the 30th annual observance since President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer, and the 67th observance since the day was first created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Read More

  • Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 13, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Image by Myrick Gurosky and Associates, provided by the North American Mission Board
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Donors supporting First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after the mass murder of 26 worshippers there can be assured of the church's integrity in handling donations, the church said in an April 12th open letter.

    The statement comes after concerns related to the use of funds for victim relief have been raised, a spokesman for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) confirmed to Baptist Press today (April 13). Read More

  • FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    by Mike Ebert, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Image by Myrick Gurosky and Associates, provided by the North American Mission Board
    SAN ANTONIO (BP) -- First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, the Southern Baptist congregation whose members were targeted by a gunman in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, will begin construction of a new worship center and education building in May.

    Plans were announced Tuesday (March 27) by Frank Pomeroy, the church's pastor. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) will accept donations for the project. If donations do not cover all of the construction expenses, NAMB will cover any remaining costs.

    "Our primary goal is to lift up Jesus in our community," Pomeroy said. "Sutherland Springs has a certain distinction because of the enormity of the tragedy that took place at our church, but every community is touched by tragedy. Every family and every person has hurts and sorrows. We want to be a lighthouse. The light of the Gospel shines hope, even in the deepest darkness." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces 'Send Puerto Rico'

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board is adding Puerto Rico to its list of special areas that will receive increased attention and resources for church planting, Send Relief ministries and partnership opportunities with Southern Baptist churches that want to minister on the island. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the plans with NAMB trustees Tuesday (Feb. 6).

    The emphasis comes as Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from the staggering toll Hurricane Maria took on the island when it struck Sept. 20, 2017. Since the storm hit, NAMB, along with Southern Baptist volunteers from several ... Read More

  • Sutherland Springs lifted by influx of compassion

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo from GoFundMe
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Kris Workman, paralyzed during the melee at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, is leading worship from a wheelchair for the rural Texas congregation.

    Ryland Ward, age 6, came home from the hospital Jan. 11 after multiple operations for four wounds inflicted by the gunman who killed 26 people -- including his mother and two of his sisters -- at First Baptist on Nov. 5.

    Ryland -- riding in a fire truck in a police convoy -- returned to Sutherland Springs after a two-month hospitalization in San Antonio, 30 miles away. Read More