Linked by breast cancer battle, Wayland employees forge bond

If you ask Wayland Baptist University employees Beverly Steed or Debbie Parker who has been one of their biggest help during their ongoing struggles with breast cancer and they would likely name each other.

Intercultural Christians in Texas have passion to reach people in homelands

Many intercultural Christians in Texas have a passion to reach their own people back in their native lands. The BGCT Intercultural Ministries is helping to make that possible through a new Intercultural Strategic Partners initiative.

City Reach 2009 offers hope to Houston

city reachHouston churches are partnering with the Texas Baptist Convention for City Reach, a series of evangelistic events geared toward sharing the hope of Christ with the people of Houston through prayer, care and share efforts in preparation for the BGCT anual meeting there in November.

Juarez violence points to continuing need for prayer by Texas Baptists

Unabated violence in the border city of Juarez underscores the continuing need for prayer by Texas Baptists, said a Tyler physician who is seeking to mobilize a statewide response. He reports nine young people from three Juarez Baptist churches were killed in recent days.

Houston pastor to be nominated for BGCT 2nd vice president

ogletreeJohn Ogletree, founding pastor of First Metropolitan Baptist Church in Houston and former chairman of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, will allow his nomination for BGCT second vice president.

Texas Baptist Men sending relief team to the Philippines

Texas Baptist Men will deploy 10 men to the Philippines Oct. 7 to spend 10 days helping with relief work and teaching local people how to clean up the area in the aftermath of the flooding and landslides that took place in the last week.

Wayland pair make discovery in cancer research

Early findings indicate a pair of Wayland Baptist University summer researchers may have isolated an herbal compound that appears to kill cancer cells.

Around the State

Wayne Shuffield, director of the Evangelism/Missions Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, will speak on “Go, Speak and Deliver Hope” for Texas 2010 at the 9th annual Hispanic Baptist Convocation of the Laity, Oct. 9-10, at Camp Buckner Hill Country Retreat near Burnet.

On the Move

Jack Bodenhamer has resigned as minister of youth/education at Trinity Church in Sweetwater.

Students transform communities through Focus Hope weekends

Baptist Student Ministries across the state are meeting needs in their own communities during Focus Hope weekends.

Austin ministry to internationals marks 40 years

Friendship International, an Austin ministry to Internationals, recently celebrated 40 years of service to women from all over the world—and making friends for Jesus.

BGCT forms Center for Effective Leadership

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has formed the Center for Effective Leadership to provide resources for pastors and other congregational leaders to develop leadership skills and practices.

Port Arthur church shares transformational hope

Whether it’s with refugees from Hurricane Katrina, new residents in the apartment complexes or families in homes, Procter Baptist Church in Port Arthur is seeking to spread the gospel first by meeting people’s needs and building relationships.

Church called pastor 60 years ago; he never heard God say, ‘Move’

Fred SainFred Sain found his destiny as a 20-year-old junior at Baylor University. When he became pastor of Prairie Hill Baptist Church 60 years ago, he never looked back.

Hospital serves up gospel tray liners along with food

Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas is serving hope to people who eat in its facilities through a Gospel message on its cafeteria tray liners.
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