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Churches set countywide goal: Distribute Scripture to every home

So far, enough Texas Baptist churches have stepped forward to ensure that each household in a dozen Texas counties has a Scripture presentation. Organizers of Texas Hope 2010 want to find enough leaders to head Bible distribution efforts in 242 more counties.
       

Houston church, Hooters waitresses help hurricane victims

Rice Temple Baptist Church in Houston and the staff of a local Hooters restaurant helped victims of Hurricane Ike.
       

Faith anchors Tech student who wins contest, gains spot on football team

williamsWhen 21-year-old Matt Williams transferred to Texas Tech University last August, he was just excited about making new friends and getting involved at First Baptist Church. But after winning a Lynnwood Townhomes kick-for-rent contest at the Tech football game against Massachusetts on Sept. 20, Williams’ life changed, and he gained a spot on the Tech football team. 
       

Resort chaplains serve as modern circuit-riding preachers

As the 21st century heirs to the circuit riders’ mantle, resort ministry chaplains likewise travel light and cover plenty of ground.
       

Single mother makes journey from darkness to light

brandiFamily Care—a program of Children at Heart Ministries--gave 28-year-old single mother Brandi hope when she felt “there was no light in my life.”

       

‘What prevents me from being baptized?’ Certainly not the loss of a leg

A long journey brought Richard Baker to the baptismal waters at Windsor Park Baptist Church in DeSoto, and he wasn't going to let three flights of stairs stop him—even if he had only one leg.
       

Hymns shaped and reflected the faith of presidents, scholar says

president bookEd Spann, retired dean of the College of Fine Arts at Dallas Baptist University, and Michael Williams, history professor and dean of DBU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, collaborated on a new book, Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and their Hymns.

       

Schmidt, former San Marcos Academy president, dies

UPDATED: Victor Schmidt, who retired just five months ago as president of San Marcos Baptist Academy, died Dec. 19 in San Antonio. Funeral arrangements at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio include a
visitation Monday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 8:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park, followed by a graveside service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
       

Texas WMU receives $10,000 for hurricane relief

National Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation President David George presented a $10,000 check to Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas Interim Director Nelda Seal, to be used for the continuing relief and recovery effort following Hurricane Ike.
       

Karen refugees find friends among Baptists in United States

Duane and Marcia Binkley are linking Karen refugees who are still in the camps on the Thai-Burma border to those who are now in the United States—and helping them find churches and resources in the U.S. for a smoother transition to American life and culture.
       

Wayland campus director living a dream as Civil Air Patrol chaplain

Ben Craver, executive director of the Wayland Baptist University campus in Albuquerque, N.M., was named Wing Chaplain of the Year recently.
       

Austin church feeds homeless, 17 years and counting

Woodlawn Baptist Church in Austin provided Austin’s homeless population a special Christmas season meal for the 17th year Dec. 15.
       

Stockings stuffed by Valley Baptist volunteers bring Christmas joy to children on the border

For the past 20 years, Edweina Peroni of Christ the King Baptist Church in Mission and volunteers from across the nation put together more than 200,000 Christmas stockings for children in the Rio Grande Valley.
       

Around the State

The artwork of Jack Hamm is featured in the exhibition “Drawing Power: Original Editorial Cartoons” at Baylor University’s W.R. Poage Legislative Library through Dec. 20.
       

On the Move

James Anaya to Bethel Church in Ingleside as pastor, where he had been interim.
       
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