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Southwestern retirees to lose benefit; group asks trustees to reconsider

An organization of retired faculty and staff from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has asked the school’s trustees to reconsider a decision to discontinue providing health insurance coverage at no cost to retirees. But the seminary's president says trustees will not reconsider the issue.
       

Buckner Vietnam orphans return to homeland they fled

A group of orphans returned to Vietnam, many for the first time, since fleeing the country for Buckner Children’s Home in Dallas. It’s a trip that’s been in the making for years. Video Included
       

Vestal says CBF will have to recall missionaries unless funding improves

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will be forced to recall missionaries from the field if donations to its annual Offering for Global Missions do not increase next year, CBF Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal told the CBF Coordinating Council June 23.
       

Decatur church fuels fun with food at park

When Ken May and Candy Burden of First Baptist Church in Decatur learned that one child in 10 in their area goes to bed hungry every night, they decided to do something about it.
       

DiscipleNow brings ‘sisters’ closer to God and each other

A Howard Payne University student helped her high school "sister" find out she could be an example to younger girls during a Disciple Now weekend.
       

Texas Baptists join effort to provide care kits for terminally ill in Africa

Texas Baptists’ Church2Church Partnerships Office has joined with Baptist Global Response to launch a summer missions opportunity to collect and send in-home care kits for terminally ill individuals in sub-Saharan Africa. Video Included
       

Baptists sending humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan mapBaptists have begun sending aid to Kyrgyzstan, home of a growing humanitarian crisis stemming from violence fueled by ethnic intolerance that has killed hundreds and driven hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks from their homes since June 10.
       

Deaf ministry leader dies at 101

Lillian Beard, a pioneer in deaf ministry in Texas, died June 10 in Houston at the age of 101.
       

Oil spill prompts environmental soul-searching

While the political debate over the Gulf oil spill’s cause and ripple effect remains polarized, Christian environmentalists pondering the familiar question “What Would Jesus Do?” believe part of the answer includes cutting back on fossil fuels.
       

Obama nominates Baptist pastor, speaker to be religious-freedom ambassador

President Obama has responded to more than a year of speculation and criticism among advocates for international religious freedom by naming an American Baptist pastor and motivational speaker as the nation’s top diplomat for religious freedom.
       

Making a joyful noise is its own reward for veteran music director

God gave Olen Reynolds a love for music, and he’s been giving it back ever since. Reynolds, 83, officially has been Allison Baptist Church’s music director the last 61 years, but he started leading the music long before that.
       
 
 

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