Baptist Briefs

WMU celebrates missions at annual meeting. "The Story Lives On" is the theme of the Woman's Missionary Union Missions Celebration and annual meeting, June 17-18, in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church of New Orleans
Baptist BriefsFeatured speakers include David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church of New Orleans; Jay and Kathy Shafto, International Mission Board field personnel; Damian Emetuche and Stacey Smith, North American Mission Board field personnel; Wanda Lee, executive director of national WMU and author of The Story Lives On: God's Power Throughout Generations; and Debby Akerman, president of national WMU. Participants are encouraged to bring items for hygiene kits for Global Maritime Ministries, which ministers to seafarers and port workers; snack pack items for Baptist Friendship House, a ministry offering transitional housing for women with children and outreach to the homeless; and various items for Inward Ministry, which ministers to women working in the sex industry on Bourbon Street. For a complete list of needed items, visit

Alliance takes aim at gun deaths. At its 25th anniversary convocation at Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin, the Alliance of Baptists adopted a statement of support for the family of Trayvon Martin and others who have experienced similar losses. The statement expressed grief at the death of the Florida teenager widely viewed as a case of racial profiling and "outrage at the delays in the investigation and initial lack of concern by the authorities about the killing." The Alliance also endorsed efforts to reduce gun violence including those by Heeding God's Call and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Stories from women ministers wanted. Jennifer Harris Dault, a student at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, is working on a book project collecting stories from Baptist women about their calling to the gospel ministry. She is seeking 2,000- to 3,000-word first-person accounts about how calling was discerned and what answering that call has meant, along with a photo and brief biographical sketch of each person who submits an essay. Deadline is May 31. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Baptist educators to meet. The Fellowship of Baptist Educators—an organization focused on long-term and short-term volunteer teaching opportunities overseas—will celebrate its 25th anniversary at its annual meeting, July 26-27 at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. In addition to publishing an online list of volunteer teaching assignments abroad, the fellowship also sponsors the Book-Link ministry that ships Christian literature to English-speaking international pastors and the Universal Pen Pals project. For more information about the fellowship or the celebration, contact Bob Lamb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (704) 434-9392.

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