Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas set to celebrate centennial

This year’s gathering of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will begin with the baptism of 100 people—one in celebration of each year of the organization’s existence.

Answer to forgotten prayer sends African-American pastor to BUA

Mel Keyes forgot about his prayer. But God didn’t. That explains how an African-American pastor—twice the age of the typical college freshman—ended up at Baptist University of the Américas, attending a school that trains ministers within a Hispanic context.

Stories of hope bear testimony to God’s faithfulness

Stories of HpeGus Reyes, director of the Hispanic Education Initiative and affinity ministries for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, compiled and edited a book, 100+Stories of Hope, allowing Hispanic Texas Baptist leaders to tell—in their own words—how God helped them overcome academic challenges. With the author’s permission, selected excerpts from their stories follow.

Texas Baptists’ Hispanic Education Initiative making tangible progress

Two years into Texas Baptists’ Hispanic Education Initiative, leaders are seeing the beginnings of a culture of educational success emerge.

Most BUA students share culture, economic background, calling

Hispanic students who may have felt out of place in an educational setting before feel at home when they arrive at Baptist University of the Américas, President René Maciel said.

Purposes of Convencion remain constant after a century

Since its beginning, missions, evangelism, benevolence and education have remained central to the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas. Two dozen churches sent 36 messengers to the first meeting of what then was called the Convencion Bautista Mexicana de Texas on May 25, 1910, in San Antonio.

Baptists view growing Hispanic population as opportunity

The Census Bureau reports the Hispanic population in the United States has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Many evangelical Christians view that as a new mission field.

SBC approves smaller budget, recognizes retiring executives

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla., approved a pared down budget for 2010-2011 and honored two agency presidents who retire this year.

Texan Serratt receives WMU’s O'Brien award

A 35-year-old prayer God that “never stopped answering” led Mary Lou Serratt to receive the Woman’s Missionary Union’s Dellanna West O’Brien Award for leadership development among women.

Rankin notes missions progress, but ‘not there yet’

Jerry RankinWhen it comes to reaching the world for Christ, Southern Baptists “are not there yet,” said Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board.


SBC resolutions highlight Gulf, family, homosexuality

SBC resolutionsThe Southern Baptist Convention decried ecological catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, focused on the family and opposed the normalization of homosexuality as messengers approved seven resolutions with no debate during the SBC annual meeting in Orlando June 16.

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