Man Rescued After Car Crash in Sanctuary, Herbert Brisbane Passes Away & Reasons Camp Matter for Church
First responders and members of Webbs Chapel Baptist Church in Macclesfield, North Carolina are being hailed as heroes after they helped pull a man to safety from a burning vehicle after the car’s driver crashed through the front of the church building last week. Herbert Brisbane, remembered as one of the earliest African American Southern Baptist denominational workers in church planting and evangelism, died March 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, after a lengthy illness. And, as many students prepare for spring break, it won’t be long until school’s out for summer. Many churches and families will send kids to summer camp. In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kyle Craven offers a few reasons why camp is important to students.
First responders and members of Webbs Chapel Baptist Church in Macclesfield, North Carolina are being hailed as heroes after they helped pull a man to safety from a burning vehicle after the car’s driver crashed through the front of the church building last week.
The car’s driver became unconscious and crashed into the front of the church building.
The pastor responded quickly…calling emergency help…and then began to search for the driver as neighbors joined in the rescue effort.
The driver was rushed to the local hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.
Herbert Brisbane, remembered as one of the earliest African American Southern Baptist denominational workers in church planting and evangelism, died March 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, after a lengthy illness.
A two-time cancer survivor, Brisbane led African American evangelism beginning in the early 1990s at the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB) before continuing his work at what is now the North American Mission Board (NAMB).
He was the first African American to lead an evangelism department at any Baptist convention.
Brisbane served as manager of multicultural evangelism at NAMB from 1992-2004.
In his 2017 book, “The Journey of Brokenness,” Brisbane noted he traveled more than 100 days a year in his NAMB post, encouraging African American Southern Baptist pastors nationally.
He was 68.
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As many students prepare for spring break, it won’t be long until school’s out for summer. Many churches and families will send kids to summer camp. In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kyle Craven offers a few reasons why camp is important to students.
1. Students encounter God in a personal way. Camp provides an exit from screens and many daily distractions allowing students to focus on their walk with Christ.
2. It helps them build relationships with other students and leaders in their church family. Bible studies, worship services and recreation opportunities provide fun and opportunities for shared experiences.
3. Campers can develop life-long skills. The camp setting provides a safe opportunity for children and teens to test the waters of new experiences with a lessened fear of failure or rejection.
Pastors say camp allows them time of focused discipleship with students. It is also an indication of how much the church cares about the next generation. A church’s willingness to send kids and teenagers to camp is a good indicator of its investment in its future church leaders and is critical to their spiritual development.
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