Consider California, Cuba Church, & Trusting God

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.

Ultrasound Placements, Billingsley Album, & Revelation

The SBTC presented a gift of $228,000 to the ERLC for the placement of six ultrasound machines at pregnancy resource centers in Texas. Charles Billingsley has released a brand-new album: “The Shadow of Your Smile,” Jesus wanted the churches to not just hear the words but take them to heart.

Sex Abuse Report, Compassion, & Sports Missions

Members of the Southern Baptist Convention are processing through the details of a 288-page report on the alleged mishandling of sexual abuse claims released publicly Sunday. Crediting God’s tenderness and compassion, Leanne Jamieson says pregnant women in crisis often stick to her very soul, causing her to take their concerns to God’s altar. Betty Wiseman considers her path to be orchestrated by God.

Church Security, Puerto Rico, & Migrant Poverty

Churches are taking another look at their security plans after nearly a dozen people were killed in a pair of recent shootings. Students at Universidad de Puerto Rico (UPR) have not only a space to study, but also a safe place to ask spiritual questions, thanks to a Send Network church plant. Though each migrant’s journey to the U.S. looks different, many face some of the same tragedies and hardships on their journey.

Ukrainian Children, Public Baptisms, Seminary Graduations

Mothers and their youngsters who fled Ukraine for safety to Prague are “broken-hearted, desperate, searching for hope.” A public baptism including more than 130 changed lives is significant on its own. Jamie Dew, NOBTS president, urged the schools’ graduates to consider the question that would impact their lives and ministries.

Foster Care, Ukraine Aid, & Deception

May is National Foster Care Month, and Send Relief has been raising awareness for how churches can become involved. Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, Moldova has received an estimated one refugee for every 25 Moldovans. A Bible Study from Lifeway Christian Resources calls on Christians to be on the lookout for deception.

CSB Turns 5, Ukraine Relief, & Reaching Your Neighbors

The award-winning Christian Standard Bible translation reached its fifth anniversary in March. University Baptist Church in Houston commissioned one of their own to go out to the furthest mission field—space. And Ben Mandrell, president of Lifeway, encourages Christians to consider that they can learn from their neighbors who are not religious.

Immigrant Protection, Ukraine Relief, & Annie Armstrong

The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity is exhorting Congress to act quickly to guard undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children from deportation. Andrew Moroz is communicating with his loved ones in Ukraine every day as well as assisting his church with Ukraine-related relief efforts. And Annie Armstrong organized an effort to send relief through frontier boxes and helped to build chapels on the frontier.

Graffiti Evangelism, Disciple-Making, & Sin

Ramon Velez used his God-given artistic ability over the years to creatively share the gospel while simultaneously painting with graffiti. Disciple-making is the primary call of every pastor, and most recognize this as a skill they should continue to develop as church leaders. And a recent Bible study from Lifeway asks Christians important questions concerning their view of sin.

Church Revitalization, Hyde Amendment, & Ukraine Relief

Last year Cleveland Road Baptized 12 people, and 11 are signed up for this year. Seven of those have walked forward over the last three weeks. President Biden’s $5.8 trillion proposed budget for the next fiscal year contains elements of “deep concern.” And gifts given to Ukraine refugee ministries through Send Relief and the IMB now stand at more than $5.5 million.

Anti-lynching Act, Top Worship Songs, & Diverse Leadership

President Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-lynching Act, which classifies lynching as a federal hate crime. “Build My Life,” Pat Barrett’s passionate proclamation of holiness and righteousness, was the top worship song of 2021. And Willie McLaurin is the first African American to lead an entity of the SBC.

Pastors’ Needs & Gambling

Churchgoers may think their church leaders have it all together spiritually, but pastors admit they have room to grow. Why do so many people gamble their money away? Barrett Duke offers a few answers.

FBI Church Planter, Rooftop Pastor, & Women Sharing the Gospel

In 2019, FBI agent Vic Carpenter was sent out to start Redeemer Bible Church. A Chicago area pastor is on a roof and continuing the quest to bring opportunities and resources to children and families in great need in Chicago. And Jen Oshman says the church has what women really need and sees today’s culture willing to listen.

Ugandan Women, Reimagined Hymns, & Dealing with Challenges

Women in the slum brothels of Kampala, Uganda, are learning God has not forgotten them, there is hope and redemption in their life stories, and He has given them a new name. Music duo Kenny and Claire has spent the last several years modernizing and rewriting classic hymns as a way to reintroduce them to the Church. And in a Bible Study from Lifeway, the focus is Romans 5:6.

Evangelistic Success, Ukrainian Ministry, & Called to Ministry

More than 2,100 professions of faith came as a result of the ministry of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief in 2021. Journey Church in Lviv, Ukraine is doing their best to continue the work of the ministry despite the country’s invasion by Russia. And Lorie Keene shares her story how she felt called to ministry when she was teenager.

Devastating Storms, Religious Liberty, & Gospel for Ukraine

An EF-3 tornado caused damage in Jacksboro, Texas, where a disaster relief crew set up to provide help to the community. The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Texas death row inmates request to have his pastor lay hands on him and pray for him aloud when he receives a lethal injection. And one of the creative ways the IMB is sharing the Gospel and offering hope to Ukrainian refugees is through social media.

Substance Abuse, Foster Children, & College Basketball

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every family in America and the problem of substance abuse…worsened by the pandemic…may live on for years. Foster children are one of the most overlooked and underserved groups in our nation. And maybe you’ve never heard of Albert “Bones” McKinney, but you should have.

Refugee Relief, Training Church Planters, & Gaining vs. Losing

A Disaster Assistance & Response Team from SBDR returned from Poland after surveying ways volunteers from the US might engage and serve Ukrainian refugees. 165 new church planters attended Send Network’s Orientation March 7-9 at NAMB’s headquarters. And a Bible study from Lifeway based on 1 Thessalonians 2 asks “what’s better – gaining or losing?”

Ukrainian Refugees, Ultrasound Machines, & Ministry after Prison

Romanian Baptists and International Mission Board missionaries are responding to the influx of refugees from Ukraine into Romania. A brand-new mobile ultrasound machine that will serve several western North Carolina counties has already played an instrumental role in helping at least one expectant mother and her unborn child. And Jason Gravely, a formerly incarcerated man, said his skeptical search for God concluded with his involvement in the outdoor kids’ ministry program at the church, where he found spiritual answers and discipleship.