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HPU students rejoice in spiritual victory in Vancouver

Caitlin Woodard, along with fellow Howard Payne University sophomores Nathan Gilbert and Amanda Burley, spent 10 days at the Winter Olympics working with sport chaplains through Action Ministries International.
       

Texas Hunger Initiative seeks to make state food secure by 2015

Faced with the awareness that children in their community are hungry, most Christians would want to meet their needs. But many churches lack the nuts-and-bolts information needed to turn that desire into reality, according to Jeremy Everett, director of the Texas Hunger Initiative.
       

Midland children, youth reach out to neighbors

During February, 12 Midland-area churches began delivering compact discs that include gospel presentations and Scripture downloads in more than 200 languages. The initiative was part of Texas Hope 2010.
       

Operation Multiplication spreading across the state

Congregations from North Texas to the lower Rio Grande Valley and from El Paso to Center are participating in Operation Multiplication, which trains laypeople in on-on-one discipleship.
       

Student ministry in Edinburg sees new building as God’s provision

The University of Texas-Pan American Baptist Student Ministry has a new building that will be used not only to train Christian students, but also provide a place for non-Christians to feel loved and encounter Christ in a safe environment.
       

Baylor grad struggles with answers to big questions about human need

Sarah Bush, minister of congregational development at Fredericksburg (Va.) Baptist Church, wrestles with big questions: Why do homelessness, hunger and poverty persist in the United States?
       

Cookies pave way for gospel in Holland

Each Saturday morning, the smell of homemade cookies wafts through the air as members of First Baptist Church in Holland visit homes, offering people a bag of homemade cookies and the gospel presented on a Texas Hope 2010 multimedia compact disc.
       

Trinity? There’s an app for that.

Nils Smith recognizes he has an unusual title—pastor for college and online community ministry at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio. But he suspects he may be one of the first of a new breed of ministers.Video Included
       

Dallas church publicly acknowledges welcoming stance toward gays

A North Dallas church has changed its website to identify itself as inclusive of varied sexual orientations—a move that potentially could put the church at odds with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
       

Ranch provides beacon of hope to hungry and hurting

More than 300 churches from both sides of the Texas-Mexico border pick up food every two weeks from Cornerstone Children’s Ranch. In a matter of days, the ministry distributes as much as 20,000 pounds of food.
       

Former BCFS resident returns to counsel children

Julie ParraJulie Parra, a former resident at Baptist Child & Family Services, returned to supervise and counsel other children on the campus who struggle with the same feelings of anxiety, loneliness and sadness she once faced.

       

Band gets big break, identity serving as second-string worship leaders

Members of the Dutton Band balance nationwide touring with a committment to lead worship regularly at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson.
       

Baylor University slated to receive its largest gift in history

Baylor University has announced the largest gift in the school’s history—an estate provision estimated at $200 million from an anonymous donor.
       

Texas Baptists set record in giving to world hunger offering

Hunger OfferingTexas Baptists gave a record $901,401 to help the hungry through the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger in 2009.

       

Religious Right spokesman on Texas school board unseated by challenger

The Religious Right suffered a surprise setback in Texas when incumbent Don McLeroy—a creationist and critic of church-state separation—narrowly lost his re-election bid for the powerful State Board of Education to challenger Thomas Ratliff in the March 2 Republican primary.
       
 
 
 
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