Episode 348

National Day of Prayer, prep for immigration policy end, report abuse in 3 steps.

May 4, 2023

“Pray Fervently in Righteousness and Avail Much” is the 2023 NDOP theme, based on James 5:16; The upcoming expiration of a COVID-era immigration policy has communities and groups such as ministry centers bracing for a surge in migrants; In a First Person on Baptist Press, Kris Buckman offers tips to church when reports sexual abuse come to their attention.

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“Pray Fervently in Righteousness and Avail Much” is the 2023 NDOP theme, based on James 5:16. The national observance will be livestreamed and broadcast on multiple outlets at 8 p.m. Eastern from the Museum of the Bible in Washington. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, is among several ministers on program for the event.

NDOP promotes seven pillars of prayer focused on the government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

 

The upcoming expiration of a COVID-era immigration policy has communities and groups such as ministry centers bracing for a surge in migrants.

Title 42, set to expire on May 11, was instituted by the Trump administration in March 2020 as a strict immigration measure to limit the spread of COVID-19. Though it has been extended in the past, a May 2 release from the Department of Homeland Security requested 2,500 military personnel from the Department of Defense to the Southwest border “due to an anticipated increase in migration.”

Juvenal Gonzalez has been active in border ministry at Tijuana through the San Diego Baptist Association, particularly in overseeing a daily feeding station for migrants. He has not seen the crowds grow just yet, but knows that will change.

El Paso, Texas, declared a state of emergency on May 1 in anticipation of thousands of migrants. Kelly Knott, director of the El Paso Migrant Center, heard that the influx could be so large that as many as 30,000 people could make their way as far as Midland, a 4 1/2-hour drive away.

 

 

 

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In a First Person on Baptist Press, Kris Buckman offers tips to church when reports sexual abuse come to their attention.

  1. A report must be made in the county where the abuse occurred, is witnessed, or is suspected to be occurring. If a child lives in a county different from where your church is located, you must call that county to report. If the abuse occurred in your church, you must call the county where your church is.

2. Be aware of the hours that reports can be made. If a hotline is not available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s a Sunday (when most ministry occurs), make sure you have access to another number to call.

3. Determine who in your church will be notified that a report has been made. Some churches’ reporting policies state that the senior pastor and the ministry director both be alerted to the fact that a report is being made or has been made.

               

              Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

              Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

              Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has called on nine federal agencies to revoke a proposed rule it says would unduly burden the rights of faith-based organizations that take part in government programs. And, a Lifeway Bible study on Baptist Press speaks to the final moments before Jesus’ arrest and subsequent crucifixion. Jesus seeks to encourage his disciples as he knows heavy sorrow is just around the corner.

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