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Arabic church helps refugees start over in a new land

Pastor Jalil Dawood has been here before—no clothes, nowhere to live, no way to get around and no friends to help. Starting life in another country can be like living on a deserted island—lonely, isolated and helpless. If he can help it, no one else will have to fight through that alone.
       

Around the State

Wayland Baptist University will hold its spring preview event March 27-28. “Big Weekend” offers high school juniors and seniors and prospective transfer students an opportunity to see how the campus works.
       

On the Move

Darrel Auvenshine has resigned as minister of worship and missions at Alsbury Church in Burleson to pursue full-time missions work.
       

'C' is for cookie—and chaplaincy

In an effort dubbed Operation Appreciation, Christians in Longview are buying Girl Scout Cookies to send to more than 115 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
       

DBU women’s teams bring joy to orphans in Peru

Twenty-eight DBU athletes participated in a spring break mission trip to Peru with Buckner International.
       

East Texas church finds mission field in its own backyard

Members of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Harleton plan to visit each of the 465 homes within three miles of its sanctuary and determine whether each family is connected with a church.
       

Appeals court upholds Texas moment of silence statute

A federal appeals court upheld a Texas law that requires public school students to observe a daily minute of silence following the Pledge of Allegiance.
       

Christians urged to speak from pain, focus on calling

All Christians have an eloquent story to tell, if they draw from hurts and experiences of healing, speakers at the 88th annual Panhandle Plains Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference at Wayland Baptist University said.
       

Student ministries serve state, Baptist schools, but not in same way

Baptist Student Ministries serve a different role in the lives of students at Baptist universities than at state schools—and somewhat different than what alumni may recall from their long-ago Baptist Student Union days. But different doesn’t mean less important, collegiate ministry leaders insist.
       

Prayers become reality for collegiate ministry

Growth at Tyler Junior College Baptist Student Ministries is the result of 20 years of prayer and preparation.
       

Money raised, no one voted off the ranch during Survivor weekend

Participants in Texas State University’s Baptist Student Ministries recently were able to incorporate fun and a bit of Survivor-style derring-do into an effort to raise money for missions.
       

TBM Builders construct furniture for Bulgarian ministry to youth

Texas Baptist Men Builders constructed 48 pieces of solid oak furniture recently for a residential program for at-risk teenaged young men in Bulgaria.
       

Texas Hope 2010: Richardson students help homeless

During a Disciple Now weekend, students at First Baptist Church in Richardson took time to show their community they cared about it.
       

Vela announces bid for Hispanic Baptist presidency

Angel Vela, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Westway in El Paso, has announced he will allow his nomination for president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.
       

WMU board sets Texas missions goal, hears update on personnel issues

The Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas board approved a $5.167 million giving goal for the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions—and a list of allocations that restored some familiar ministries initially left out or dramatically reduced last year.
       
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