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  • T-shirt dresses become worldwide ministry

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Linda Johnson says that about a year ago when her friend Linda Jacobson asked her if she was ready to see God do big things, she said yes. She was excited.

    "But I've thought a thousand times since then that I never could've imagined what was coming," Johnson said.

    Since it started last year, Johnson, Jacobson and fellow volunteers with the We Sew Love ministry at Huffman Baptist Church, Birmingham, has sent hundreds of clothing items made from old T-shirts to children in Uganda, Zambia, Haiti and other places around the world.

    They've made crib pads for children's homes. They've made burial gowns for children who pass away in hospice facilities. Read More

  • Halloween: 6 ways to engage neighbors

    by Justin Tucker, posted Monday, October 29, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For some Christians, "Halloween" is a dreaded word that can bring up questions and debate.

    But putting aside all the differing opinions, Halloween can offer an opportunity for believers to engage their neighbors who don't know Jesus.

    At this point some Christians may be thinking, OK, what gospel tract should they place in every trick-or-treat bag? Gospel tracts have a time and place, but some might want to consider an approach that requires a little more investment. Halloween is a time when believers have the ... Read More

  • Appalachian church boosted by Ky. congregation

    by Kentucky Today staff, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (4 months ago)

    BOONEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A small church outside the Appalachian town of Booneville has received a huge boost from a fellow Kentucky congregation five hours away in the far western part of the state.

    Lerose Community Church, which serves one of the most impoverished communities in the U.S., needed a church bus to get local residents to and from services. Pastor Adam Stall and his congregation had been praying, asking God to meet that need. Read More

  • 'Mission Impossible': Laser tag outreach impacts kids

    by Brandon Porter/Kentucky Today , posted Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Brandon Porter/Kentucky Today
    GEORGETOWN, Ky. (BP) -- For the past six years, White Sulphur Baptist Church has hosted a unique event that brings youth, police and military personnel together for a night of fun -- and much more.

    The Georgetown, Ky., church has dubbed the event "Mission Impossible." On Oct. 12, the church presented a laser tag style game at night where youth competed against police and military personnel -- who are known during the evening as "commandos." It's spread out across a brush filled, eight-acre field cut with paths that lead to a home base.

    Watchtowers are scattered across the field so commandos can sweep spotlights looking for the youth and then pass information to the commandos on the ground. This year a helicopter circled the field with a spotlight assisting the commandos. Read More

  • Memphis pastor leading 'church without walls'

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- It would have been easy for Barron Martin to take the safe route. He could have moved from the Memphis area, found a comfortable job, and simply "tuned out" the violence and poverty that plagues the neighborhood where he was raised.

    Instead, he chose the opposite approach. He elected to be on the frontline.

    Responding to God's call, Martin has become a highly-visible figure in the West Frayser area, bringing the hope and love of Christ to his community. He is the founder and pastor of One Faith Christian Center Church, which is dedicated to reaching youth and children for Jesus amid the tough circumstances. Read More

  • Route 66 festival helps spark church's 'immediate impact'

    by Andrew Woodrow, posted Tuesday, August 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (BP) -- In an Illinois town proud of its Route 66 heritage, thousands gather every year to celebrate what John Steinbeck called "the Mother Road." For more than 20 years, Edwardsville's annual Route 66 festival at City Park has offered visitors fun, food, and classic cars.

    What was missing, realized church planter Rayden Hollis, was a gospel opportunity.

    Hollis is the planter and lead pastor of Red Hill church in Edwardsville. The church isn't quite three years old, and they don't have their own building yet. But Hollis is passionate in leading his church by a missions strategy based on Jeremiah 29:7. Read More

  • Social media & teens: a way 'to see what is happening'

    by Morgan Collier, posted Monday, June 25, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While social media often is seen as a bad thing, what if Instagram and YouTube could be used to reach the lost, nurture spiritual maturity and expand congregations?

    A pivotal outreach to today's youth may start with an LED screen, with 95 percent of teenagers reportedly having a smartphone or access to one -- and 45 percent saying they are online on a near-constant basis -- according to a recent Pew Research Center for Internet & Technology survey. Read More

  • Teacher walkout: Okla. Baptists reach out to families

    by Emily Howsden, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- While teacher walkouts are taking place this spring across the country, Oklahoma Baptists were there for displaced students during a nine-day walkout that made headlines beginning April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

    As it became clear that schools across the state would close as teachers protested for higher pay and more school funding, questions surfaced as to where meals would come for children who depend on school breakfast or lunches. Another question that arose was what would working parents do for childcare on such short notice? Read More

  • Church's firewood ministry helps families stay warm

    by Scott Barkley , posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Duane Manders/Antioch Baptist Church
    BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- In the mountains of north Georgia, volunteers at Antioch Baptist Church work year-round on a unique ministry -- providing firewood to those in need.

    During the recent cold snap when temperatures dropped to near zero some days, it's been more important than ever.

    The ministry began when a small group of men began splitting wood and storing it in the Blairsville church's parking lot nearly 10 years ago. As one would expect, winter arrives a little earlier and lingers a little longer in the mountains than other parts of Georgia. And even though electrical and gas heat are certainly used, many still utilize wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: It's over, but not really

    by Jack Lucas, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    When Vacation Bible School or an evangelistic event ends, the work isn't over, Jack Lucas writes, noting the importance of follow-up "to make significant contacts with people who, otherwise, may only encounter your church through one event." Read More