Stories of hope bear testimony to God’s faithfulness

Stories of HpeGus Reyes, director of the Hispanic Education Initiative and affinity ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, compiled and edited a book, 100+Stories of Hope, allowing Hispanic Texas Baptist leaders to tell—in their own words—how God helped them overcome academic challenges. With the author’s permission, selected excerpts from their stories follow.

Texas Baptists’ Hispanic Education Initiative making tangible progress

Two years into Texas Baptists’ Hispanic Education Initiative, leaders are seeing the beginnings of a culture of educational success emerge.

Most BUA students share culture, economic background, calling

Hispanic students who may have felt out of place in an educational setting before feel at home when they arrive at Baptist University of the Américas, President René Maciel said.

Purposes of Convencion remain constant after a century

Since its beginning, missions, evangelism, benevolence and education have remained central to the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas. Two dozen churches sent 36 messengers to the first meeting of what then was called the Convencion Bautista Mexicana de Texas on May 25, 1910, in San Antonio.

Texan Serratt receives WMU’s O'Brien award

A 35-year-old prayer God that “never stopped answering” led Mary Lou Serratt to receive the Woman’s Missionary Union’s Dellanna West O’Brien Award for leadership development among women.

Graduate student found dead on UMHB campus

The body of a 22-year-old graduate student was found on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus the evening of June 12. 

Mentoring in Midlothian changes high school students’ lives

Movement Towards a Future, a mentoring program at Midlothian High School, involves more than 60 mentors committed to meet with their assigned student for an hour during a school day for 28 weeks. The initiative was started through First Baptist Church and a partnership with Texas Baptists made possible through the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions.

Plenty of work for Texas Baptists in Haiti

Robert Shehane, a retired SBC International Mission Board missionary, returned from a four-week stint in Haiti seeking missions opportunities and potential Church2Church partnerships on behalf of Texas Baptists in the first of what will be several trips to the region.

Texas Tidbits

Buckner International has dispatched four shipments of emergency aid to Haiti since an earthquake hit the country in January, and a fifth shipment will arrive this summer.

On the Move

Pam Click to Pioneer Drive Church in Abilene as preschool minister.

Around the State

Volunteers are needed to help rebuild Dover Church near Tyler. It is one of several churches burned by arsonists in February. The rebuild will begin June 21. Hookups for RVs and meals will be provided. For more information, call (903) 571-5345.

Minister discovers mission field in his own neighborhood

John Wills, executive pastor of The Heights Church in Richardson, has been spending more time ministering in his neighborhood community than at the church building.

Children’s home extends ministry from South Texas to Haiti

South Texas Children’s Home Ministries sent 100 boxes of food and provisions for children and families affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

Students commissioned for short-term missions

About 300 college students were commissioned during Go Now Missions orientation weekend in preparation for serving in summer missions, short-term summer impact teams or as fall semester or campus missionaries.

Texas Baptist-endorsed chaplains now number greater than 600

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has endorsed more than 600 chaplains, as of the most recent meeting of the endorsement council, said Bobby Smith, chaplaincy relations specialist.
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