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.”
Church Responds to Online Threat, Worship Pastor Wins on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ & Praising God in Prayer
Police in Haymarket, Virginia responded in textbook fashion to neutralize a threat at an area church on Sunday. A Kentucky pastor recently used an appearance on the popular game show Wheel of Fortune to do more than spin the wheel and win some cash. And, Wesley Duewel, the 20th century missionary and prayer leader, once observed, “Praise gives you the spirit of triumph and overcoming. Praise fires you with holy zeal.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.