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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.
       

Texas Tidbits: Intercultural specialist joins BGCT staff

Mark Heavener has joined the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board staff as intercultural specialist to help start and develop ethnic churches, particularly in the Houston area.
       

Parents of adopted child seek to help him learn his blended heritage

Eighteen-month-old Milo is one-half Hispanic, one-fourth Anglo and one-fourth African-American. His adoptive parents, Jaime and Renee Baeza of Leander, are Hispanic. They want to ensure he learns about his blended heritage.
       

Family completed through foster-to-adopt program

The long journey of Timothy and Karen LeRoy of San Antonio to adoptive parenthood  was finalized this month through Baptist Child & Family Services’ foster-to-adopt program.
       

Adoption: A calling or command?

The church is being challenged with questions of duty when it comes to orphan care and adoption. Do Christians have a responsibility to adopt?
       

HOME AT LAST: Adoptive parents and child are united


David McDurham, young adult minister at First Baptist Church in Arlington, and his wife, Amy, a mediation facilitator and  therapist in the church’s counseling center, found that the illogical became logical on the journey to international adoption.
       

Baptist Health Foundation uses ‘God’s money’ to meet healthcare needs

Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio began with a clear sense of mission—make grants to meet healthcare needs in eight South Texas counties. Four years and more than $15.8 million later, 236 organizations in the region have benefited.
       

Texas Hope 2010 commitment day set for January 11

On Jan. 11--Texas Hope 2010 commitment day-- the BGCT is asking every Texas Baptist congregation to commit to continue praying for their neighborhoods, caring for the people there and sharing the hope of Christ with the people they know.
       
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