Episode 299

Senior Adults Share Wisdom, SBTS Hispanic M. Div. & Woman’s Missionary Union

Feb 24, 2023

Read your Bible. Listen well. Don’t sacrifice today’s moment for tomorrow’s plan. When asked three questions about lessons they’ve learned over the years, a group of senior adults from Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, Ind., gave responses that would probably reflect those of their peers around the country. The group included ages from 68 to 96 and individuals as well as married couples. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is now offering a fully Spanish online D.Min. degree with cohorts starting once a year. And, being one generation away from having no more missionaries motivates Connie Dixon in her work with the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). She believes the WMU plays a significant role in educating the next generation as it obeys the Great Commission.

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Read your Bible. Listen well. Don’t sacrifice today’s moment for tomorrow’s plan.

When asked three questions about lessons they’ve learned over the years, a group of senior adults from Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, Ind., gave responses that would probably reflect those of their peers around the country. The group included ages from 68 to 96 and individuals as well as married couples.

Our Scott Barkley asked them…

What habit has been the most important for you in your walk with Christ?

“Lots of reading the Bible and books about the Bible,” said Juanita Leffler, 92.

What other bits of life advice would you give to younger people?

It’s staggering to consider the cultural and technological changes over the last 90 years. Still, there are bits of advice respondents considered timeless.

“Love others well and see each person as one created by God with gifts to open,” said Liz Geisen. Instead of already forming your response in your head when someone is talking, she encouraged, take the time to actually listen.
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Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is now offering a fully Spanish online D.Min. degree with cohorts starting once a year.

SBTS Provost Paul Akin said the new degree will build upon the success of Southern’s Online Hispanic Program, which has equipped ministers across the Spanish-speaking world since 2016.

Southern has a history of leading efforts in Spanish theological education and is one of the few institutions accredited by the Association of Theological Schools approved to offer masters’ degrees fully in Spanish.
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Being one generation away from having no more missionaries motivates Connie Dixon in her work with the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). She believes the WMU plays a significant role in educating the next generation as it obeys the Great Commission.

“That’s how important it is that we teach about missions,” she said.

Dixon is the national president of the WMU and a recent guest on Baptist Press This Week.

She is also convinced that missions education “helps the church … engage their community.”

WMU offers curriculum for children and has resources to help every age group learn about missionaries and pray for missionaries on a regular basis.

The organization began in 1888 when they raised fund to funds to send three missionaries to help Lottie Moon in China.
Since then they’ve raised nearly $8 billion for missions in the U.S. and around the world.

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