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Baptist Briefs: Chile quake devastates churches

About 250 Baptist churches in Chile were destroyed in the powerful earthquake that shook the country Feb. 27, according to the Baptist World Alliance.
       

Author worries online communities are hurting real ones

Jesse Rice, author of The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community, warns that the new social media can encourage attitudes and behaviors that don’t work as well in real life.
       

Hispanic church uses ‘Daniel fast’ to bring unity, change to congregation

For the past four years, Iglesia Bautista El Buen Pastor in Conroe has spent 21 days each January in a Daniel fast, modeled after the diet of the Old Testament prophet. Participants only partake of vegetables, fruits and water for three weeks. And they pray, asking God to do mighty acts in their midst.
       

ETBU Lady Tigers come to fire department’s rescue

East Texas Baptist University helped the Marshall Fire Department develop a new obstacle course for agility testing for firefighters.
       

Texas Baptists send more than 9,000 Buckets of Hope to Haiti


Texas Baptists have collected more than 9,000 Buckets of Hope—roughly 270,000 pounds of food for Haitians.
       

Haitian voodoo priest introduced to Christ by Texas Baptist layman

Fred Sorrels, a member of First Baptist Church in Kingsland, led a voodoo priest to faith in Christ while miistering in Haiti.
       

HPU students rejoice in spiritual victory in Vancouver

Caitlin Woodard, along with fellow Howard Payne University sophomores Nathan Gilbert and Amanda Burley, spent 10 days at the Winter Olympics working with sport chaplains through Action Ministries International.
       

Texas Hunger Initiative seeks to make state food secure by 2015

Faced with the awareness that children in their community are hungry, most Christians would want to meet their needs. But many churches lack the nuts-and-bolts information needed to turn that desire into reality, according to Jeremy Everett, director of the Texas Hunger Initiative.
       

Midland children, youth reach out to neighbors

During February, 12 Midland-area churches began delivering compact discs that include gospel presentations and Scripture downloads in more than 200 languages. The initiative was part of Texas Hope 2010.
       

Operation Multiplication spreading across the state

Congregations from North Texas to the lower Rio Grande Valley and from El Paso to Center are participating in Operation Multiplication, which trains laypeople in on-on-one discipleship.
       

Student ministry in Edinburg sees new building as God’s provision

The University of Texas-Pan American Baptist Student Ministry has a new building that will be used not only to train Christian students, but also provide a place for non-Christians to feel loved and encounter Christ in a safe environment.
       
 
 

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