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Texas legislative session deemed ‘successful’

In what BGCT Christian Life Commission staff members deemed a “successful” legislative session, lawmakers defeated efforts to expand gambling, approved a health insurance plan that would cover ministers of small churches, created liaisons between state agencies and faith-based groups and passed legislation against human trafficking.

Program enables retired ministers, widows to live with dignity

More than 2,100 households received monthly assistance from the Southern Baptist Convention’s GuideStone Financial Resources program Mission: Dignity, said John Ambra, overseer of the program. Two-thirds of the recipients are widows of ministers.

BGCT launches partnership, aims to train 100,000 disciple-makers

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has partnered with the International Evangelism Association in an effort to train 100,000 disciple-makers to follow up on spiritual decisions made during Texas Hope 2010.

Elder Statesman award goes to ‘behind the scenes’ laypeople

W. Leroy and Ramona James Daniel of Wichita Falls received the BGCT's 2009 Texas Baptist Elder Statesman award.

Oliver begins work as ETBU president

Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver began his tenure as the 12th president of East Texas Baptist University June 1.

Cleburne church puts prayer guides into use

Field Street Baptist Church in Cleburne is using prayer guides to launch the congregation’s involvement in Texas Hope 2010.

Texas WMU hopes to grow organization ‘One by One’

Texas WMU Interim Executive Director-Treasurer Nelda Seal announced a statewide WMU initiative called One by One during the organization’s June board of directors meeting.

TBM provides pure water, living water in Zimbabwe

Polluted water is spreading cholera in Zimbabwe. TBM disaster relief workers spent two weeks there distributing 1,000 water filters.

Delayed by swine flu scare, Bible Drill finals still draw 81 participants

Even though Texas Baptists’ state Bible Drill finals had to be rescheduled because of a swine flu outbreak, only one student out of 82 possible participants was unable to attend because of the change in date.

Changing the world begins at home for South Texas youth group

A dozen teenagers from Tilden Baptist Church who want to help change the world this summer decided to start close to home by rebuilding an elderly neighbor’s front porch.

Corsicana congregation builds trust one meal at a time

Good News Café, a ministry of First Baptist Church in Corsicana, offers a warm, weekly meal for anyone in the community.

Pastor proposes SBC resolution celebrating Obama's election

A prominent African-American pastor is urging the Southern Baptist Convention to adopt a resolution celebrating the election of President Obama when it meets June 23-24 in Louisville, Ky.

Texas Baptist team discovers ongoing needs in Armenia

Three Texas Baptists on a fact-finding mission to Armenia discovered a country lacking resources and medical attention.

Around the State

Howard Payne University will hold its Young Scholars and Summer Scholars programs June 15-19.

Baylor engineering students form national nonprofit

Baylor University’s Engineers with a Mission has expanded to Global Appropriate Technology Ministries. The organization will serve as a nonprofit engineering consulting agency for foreign mission projects around the world.
 
 
 
 
 
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