Baptists decry Texas education board’s curriculum votes

A Texas board that vets curriculum standards for the nation’s second-largest textbook market has voted, along party lines, to leave an indelible conservative imprint on history, social-studies and economics courses. And the effects won't be felt in the Lone Star State alone.

Around the State

The eighth Congreso Hispano de Predication at Baptist University of the Americas will be held March 26-27 and feature an internationally known Mexican pastor and celebrate the ministry of the late Texas Baptist leader Rudy Sanchez.

On the Move

Jeff Bachman to Martindale Church in Martindale as pastor.

Texas Tidbits

Baylor University’s Bearathon March 20 will be the nation’s first cup-free half-marathon—an event to raise scholarship funds for students and promote environmental stewardship.

Hispanic church uses ‘Daniel fast’ to bring unity, change to congregation

For the past four years, Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor in Conroe has spent 21 days each January in a Daniel fast, modeled after the diet of the Old Testament prophet. Participants only partake of vegetables, fruits and water for three weeks. And they pray, asking God to do mighty acts in their midst.

ETBU Lady Tigers come to fire department’s rescue

East Texas Baptist University helped the Marshall Fire Department develop a new obstacle course for agility testing for firefighters.

Texas Baptists send more than 9,000 Buckets of Hope to Haiti

Texas Baptists have collected more than 9,000 Buckets of Hope—roughly 270,000 pounds of food for Haitians.

Haitian voodoo priest introduced to Christ by Texas Baptist layman

Fred Sorrels, a member of First Baptist Church in Kingsland, led a voodoo priest to faith in Christ while miistering in Haiti.

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.
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