Episode 074

Easter Outreach, Online Conversations, & Disaster Relief 

Apr 14, 2022

Since Easter 1972, members of Northwest Baptist Church in Milwaukee have set up a tomb guarded by Roman centurions near a busy street corner to remind folks about the importance of the weekend. To serve pastors and Christians in this challenging era, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Send Network partnered with Dan Darling, author of A Way with Words, to create a free web course called “Using Online Conversations for Good,”. And Jaime Masso, pastor of First Baptist Hispana, said the help that has come from all over since the December tornado outbreak in western Kentucky, has been a great encouragement.

Transcript

Since Easter 1972, members of Northwest Baptist Church in Milwaukee have set up a tomb guarded by Roman centurions near a busy street corner to remind folks about the importance of the weekend.

The outdoor display includes a drama throughout the weekend reliving the burial of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion on Good Friday all the way to his resurrection on Sunday morning.

The church is known for the commemoration says Paul Springer, the church’s pastor. He says people have been driving by the corner for years…bringing children and grandchildren to teach them about the story of Easter.

This year is the 50th year for the drama and the church has no plans of stopping. “Every year, the message of Good Friday and the entire Easter weekend remains relevant and helpful for people trying to make sense of their lives and the world around them,” the pastor told Baptist Press.

To serve pastors and Christians in this challenging era, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and Send Network partnered with Dan Darling, author of A Way with Words, to create a free web course called “Using Online Conversations for Good,”.

The course is hosted by well-known author Trevin Wax.

Darling says the last few years have proved how social media can spread the good news in a moment, but it can also be used to spread evil and heresy. He hopes the course will help Christians think about how they use social media.

The course is free of charge and can be accessed at NewChurches.com.

Good News for Today is sponsored by The Voice of the Martyrs

Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.

Jaime Masso, pastor of First Baptist Hispana, said the help that has come from all over since the December tornado outbreak in western Kentucky, has been a great encouragement.

Life Church from San Antonio, Texas, recently made the trip to help repair the homes of  church members, according to the pastor.

The group of 19 partnered with members of the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief unit to provide the help.

Masso was overwhelmed with the way the people helped meet their physical needs, but, he said, more importantly was how they encouraged them and care for their souls during the visit.

Find more stories at BaptistPress.com.

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