Texas WMU board sets missions offering goal at $4.105 million

The Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas board of directors approved a $4.105 million 2010 goal for the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions—down more than $1 million from last year’s goal.

Texas Baptists give $25,000 to Chilean earthquake relief

The Baptist General Convention of Texas provided $25,000 to the Baptist Union of Chile to help meet needs following a report that half of the 500 churches in the convention reported major damage following a massive earthquake.

Great Commission Task Force head surprised at backlash to report

The head of a task force appointed last summer to recommend ways to make the Southern Baptist Convention more effective in reaching the lost said he was surprised by negative reaction to parts of the group's preliminary report.

Baptists decry Texas education board’s curriculum votes

A Texas board that vets curriculum standards for the nation’s second-largest textbook market has voted, along party lines, to leave an indelible conservative imprint on history, social-studies and economics courses. And the effects won't be felt in the Lone Star State alone.

Last Baptist worker held in Haiti faces new charge

The last of 10 Americans held in Haiti on suspicion of kidnapping now faces a new charge stemming from an earlier alleged attempt to bus child earthquake victims to the Dominican Republic three days before the 10 Baptist church-group volunteers were arrested at the border Jan. 29.

Around the State

The eighth Congreso Hispano de Predication at Baptist University of the Americas will be held March 26-27 and feature an internationally known Mexican pastor and celebrate the ministry of the late Texas Baptist leader Rudy Sanchez.

Faith Digest

One year after a majority of Americans said they hoped the economy wouldn’t affect their church giving, three in 10 Americans now say they are putting less in the offering plate, a Barna Group study shows.

On the Move

Jeff Bachman to Martindale Church in Martindale as pastor.

Texas Tidbits

Baylor University’s Bearathon March 20 will be the nation’s first cup-free half-marathon—an event to raise scholarship funds for students and promote environmental stewardship.

At 100, minister slows down, but he keeps on serving God

J.W. Archie, who just turned 100 years old, still performs his usual duties as associate pastor for Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Thomas, Ala.

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.

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