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'Bring your umbrella' when Texans meet at Capitol to pray for rain

A San Marcos pastor is calling on Christians from around the state to pray for rain.

Arabic church helps refugees start over in a new land

Pastor Jalil Dawood has been here before—no clothes, nowhere to live, no way to get around and no friends to help. Starting life in another country can be like living on a deserted island—lonely, isolated and helpless. If he can help it, no one else will have to fight through that alone.

Southern Baptist activist organizes confab on church and environment

flourishAn upcoming national conference on churches and the environment features several well-known evangelical speakers, including some prominent Southern Baptist leaders who will be speaking for first time on the increasingly high-profile theological issue known as "creation care."

Evangelical baptism center opens in Jordan

baptismBaptist leaders and other dignitaries -- including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- took part in a ceremony dedicating a new evangelical Christian baptism center at the Jordanian spot traditionally regarded as the site of Jesus' baptism.

Around the State

Wayland Baptist University will hold its spring preview event March 27-28. “Big Weekend” offers high school juniors and seniors and prospective transfer students an opportunity to see how the campus works.

On the Move

Darrel Auvenshine has resigned as minister of worship and missions at Alsbury Church in Burleson to pursue full-time missions work.

Baptist Briefs: Leonard stepping down at Wake Forest

Leonard to step down as Wake Forest dean. Bill Leonard, the founding dean of the Wake Forest University Divinity School, is stepping down next year, school officials announced.

BWA leaders cut spending, make bylaws revisions

Members of the Baptist World Alliance’s executive committee heard a sobering financial report detailing investment losses over the last year, agreed to slash the group’s budget, gave initial approval to organizational changes and met BWA’s new director for freedom and justice during their annual meeting.

'C' is for cookie—and chaplaincy

In an effort dubbed Operation Appreciation, Christians in Longview are buying Girl Scout Cookies to send to more than 115 U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

DBU women’s teams bring joy to orphans in Peru

Twenty-eight DBU athletes participated in a spring break mission trip to Peru with Buckner International.

East Texas church finds mission field in its own backyard

Members of Lone Oak Baptist Church in Harleton plan to visit each of the 465 homes within three miles of its sanctuary and determine whether each family is connected with a church.

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