Texas Baptist Mission Foundation awards ministry grants

Youth from Murphy Road Baptist Church in Murphy served in Deweyville this summer helping with disaster recovery. A grant from the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation will fund additional disaster recovery projects. (BGCT Photo)

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DALLAS—The Texas Baptist Mission Foundation has awarded $242,000 in grants for ministry projects involving the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Texas Baptist Men and Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas.

In August, the TBMF Council considered and approved 28 grant requests, funded by undesignated donor gifts.

“We are so thankful for our donors and their generosity,” said foundation President Bill Arnold. “These grants help fund new and creative ways of ministry that could not otherwise happen.”

Projects range from small-church scholarships for church architecture consultations to disaster recovery efforts in Houston and Southeast Texas.  

At the council meeting, Ali Hearon, hunger and care ministries specialist for the Christian Life Commission, described a new partnership with East Texas Baptist University for a neighborhood renewal initiative.

ETBU is forming a partnership with the city of Marshall to mobilize students to rebuild deteriorating homes in the community. The $10,000 grant will be used to purchase tools for the project.

“This is a project which invites ETBU students to make a difference in the community of Marshall and help to provide affordable housing for residents,” Hearon said.

“As we partner with ETBU, this project will help change lives of students, staff and community members. Not only will students gain new skills, but they also will learn what it looks like to make a difference and invest in their community.”

Another new initiative through Texas WMU involves the creation of a Christian Teen Job Corps, similar to the successful efforts of Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps around the state. This project will provide training for youth seeking to enter the workforce.

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Funds also will help provide a mobile medical clinic for the Rio Grande Valley and support a special program focused on strengthening families called Raising Highly Capable Kids.

“It’s a privilege to partner Mission Foundation dollars with Cooperative Program and Mary Hill Davis State Mission funds to bring glory to God and make a difference for his kingdom,” Arnold said.

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