Send Relief, 10-year-old Helps Mission Team & The Wisdom of the Ages
The capacity for help from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) is high. In fact, one key SBDR leaders says it ranks right up there with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army in resources available to people in crisis. A 10-year-old Native American boy who came to faith in Christ earlier this month in Montana has inspired a mission team from Jonesboro, Georgia’s First Baptist Church with his enthusiasm for reaching others with the Gospel. And, In a First Person piece on Baptist Press, Meredith Flynn encourages people to build relationships with people that they might not normally engage.
The capacity for help from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) is high. In fact, one key SBDR leaders says it ranks right up there with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army in resources available to people in crisis.
Still, that’s not what sets it apart among relief organizations. Coy Webb, the crisis response director for Send Relief, says it’s the intentional Gospel focus that makes SBDR stand out.
“We like to say that we like to do two things – we want to offer practical help when people are hurting, and we want to offer the hope of Christ,” Webb told Baptist Press.
While crisis and disaster are obvious needs, “the greatest crisis in the world is lostness and that people have not yet had an opportunity to know the God who loves them and created them for a purpose,” he said.
All workers must receive training and certification before they can serve on the field. Webb encourages people who are interested to visit SendRelief.org.
A 10-year-old Native American boy who came to faith in Christ earlier this month in Montana has inspired a mission team from Jonesboro, Georgia’s First Baptist Church with his enthusiasm for reaching others with the Gospel.
The boy they knew as Billy was one of 33 people who were led to Christ at the Fort Belknap reservation during the team’s visit.
Delaney Gosart dabbed tears during a church gathering last Wednesday (Aug. 10) as she talked about Billy’s contagious enthusiasm for serving “Creator Sets Free,” his tribe’s translation for Jesus.
Richie Howard, who serves on the Jonesboro church’s mission staff, said the six-day trip was life-changing not just for Billy, but for 28 other children and four adults who made professions of faith.
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In a First Person piece on Baptist Press, Meredith Flynn encourages people to build relationships with people that they might not normally engage.
She writes, “Scripture says “understanding comes with long life” (Job 12:12) and “gray hair is a crown of glory” (Proverbs 16:31). Those passages are an encouragement to me in the middle years of my own life, as I benefit from the experience of people older than me. I’m also finding wisdom isn’t limited by generation.
Flynn says she recently started meeting with a small group of women 15 years younger than me. She says they’re teaching her to be bold, spontaneous and generous.
She writes, “I’m often tempted to stick with the social circle I know, people who are in my same age and stage of life. Too rarely do I have the patience to listen to those older than me, or the grace to learn from those who are younger. I’m grateful for these brief years in the middle, and prayerful I’ll remember to reach my arms wide in both directions.”
U.S. lawmakers decry lack of religious freedom in UK, Church hit by vandalism sees support & 16 Leadership lessons
A group of influential believers are standing up for the religious liberty of their British neighbors, Despite the vandalism that occurred earlier this month at The Village Church of Indiantown, Florida, the people are counting their blessings, and in a post in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Pastor Charles Smith offers 16 leadership lessons he’s learned over the years.
War retreat provides soul care, Pastors son use hobby to provide guitars for missionaries
When the IMB’s Mike Domke looked at a network of 60 Ukrainian pastors and missionaries, he knew that’s exactly what they needed — to rest and rejuvenate by doing nothing. Pastor Greg Gilbreath of Madison Baptist Church has always enjoyed both playing and repairing his own guitars.
FDA’s Position on Abortion Pill, Federal Proposal Burdening Faith Groups & Awaiting Jesus’ Return
The California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) is asking fellow Southern Baptists to join them in Anaheim and consider taking the next step. A May 6 gas explosion devastated the historic Saratoga Hotel in Old Havana, Cuba, and also rained destruction on nearby Calvary Baptist Church. Remember the words of Isaiah 55:9: God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours.