Joy Fenner receives Elder Statesman Award

Joy Fenner, who has encouraged missions work and missionary education around the globe for decades, was honored June 6 with the Elder Statesman Award from Independence Association.

Cinco de Mayo gives Lubbock church opportunity to serve

Hispanic churches from Lubbock, Crosbyton, Lockney, Plainview, Floydada, Levelland and New Home joined with Lubbock Area Baptist Association to support a Cinco de Mayo outreach event, with additional help provided through the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger.

Tough neighborhood, tough pastor seem to be meant for each other

Jose Gonzalez, a recent graduate of Baptist University of the Americas, is pastoring a church in a tough San Antonio neighborhood. But Gonzalez and Larkspur Christian Fellowship seem like they were meant for each other.

Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas set to celebrate centennial

This year’s gathering of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will begin with the baptism of 100 people—one in celebration of each year of the organization’s existence.

Answer to forgotten prayer sends African-American pastor to BUA

Mel Keyes forgot about his prayer. But God didn’t. That explains how an African-American pastor—twice the age of the typical college freshman—ended up at Baptist University of the Américas, attending a school that trains ministers within a Hispanic context.

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.

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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.
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