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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.
       

Breckenridge celebrates Christmas in the Village

Residents and staff at Breckenridge Village of Tyler recently were joined by 1,000 of their closest friends to celebrate the third annual Christmas in the Village.
       

Wayland students mentor high school freshmen

waylandMembers of the Apostolos service group from Wayland Baptist University do nothing more than shoot some hoops and play volleyball with kids, but the  mentoring partnership project is seeing benefits even in its early stages.
       

From Spurgeon to Sousa: Christian studies professor at home on the marching field

Jay Smith, associate professor of Christian Studies at Howard Payne University, is equally at home discussing doctrine or downbeats.
       

Baptist volunteers spend Thanksgiving Serving Irving

Members of Oak View Baptist Church in Irving provided more than 2,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals to apartment complexes throughout the city and also donated meals to the Irving Police Department.
       

Around the State

Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven, will be the chapel speaker at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.
       

On the Move

Stephen Allen to First Church in Cranfills Gap as pastor.
       

Texas Tidbits: Free Advent guide

BaptistWay Press is offering a free devotional for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
       

Ministry to Alzheimer's patients demands different approach

Pat Otwell, who ministered to Alzheimer’s patients in three Paris nursing facilities from 1983 until 1997, has written a book titled Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families to help pastors with the tools to make the effort.
       
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