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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.
       

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.
       
 
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