Day of Hope and Prayer set for January 31

As Texas Hope 2010 moves into the last stretch before Easter 2010, Texas Baptist leaders have set Jan. 31 as the Day of Hope and Prayer to encourage churches and individuals to continue their efforts to reach every Texan with the hope of Christ and to care for the hungry and hurting in the state.

Empty bowls dinner raises hunger funds, awareness

Good Samaritan Ministries in Brownwood served guests at its recent Empty Bowls event a simple meal of soup, bread and water to portray the theme: “Live simply, so others can simply live.”

Good News Goods allow consumers to purchase with a purpose

By purchasing items from particular companies and product supply chains, consumers are getting more than they bargained for, said Charlotte Bumbulis, who leads the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission fair trade initiative Good News Goods.

Justice Revival calls churches to unify and serve

At the Justice Revival, more than 200 Dallas churches and city leaders agreed to address two needs by urging church partnerships with public schools and by pressing for creation of 700 units of permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless.

Texas Baptist Ministry Award recipients honored

A Southeast Texas hospital chaplain, a West Texas college campus ministry director and a Central Texas lay couple involved in restorative justice ministry are the 2009 recipients of the Texas Baptist Ministry Awards.

Imaginative reading helps pastors grow spiritually

Hulitt Gloer, a professor at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary, gave himself permission to veer off the customary theological reading track. The result has been more meaningful, relevant sermons, he said. Now he is passing the word to other pastors: Banish the guilt.

E-mail prayer network brings hope, support to border churches

Christians who minister along the Texas/Mexico border acknowledge life can seem harsh and hopeless at times. But a bilingual e-mail prayer network brings hope and support to the pastors and churches striving to share the hope of Christ.

Volunteer finds healing in helping others

After suffering a neck injury, Marion Thomas thought she had nothing left to give.  Two years later and pain-free as the congregation’s administrator, Thomas coordinates one of the largest hunger ministries in South Central Texas, providing food for more than 35,000 people this year.

Mesquite congregation does a ‘180’

Jesus moved through crowds of people, building relationships and changing lives. Two millennia later, Grand View Baptist Church in Mesquite continues following that model.

Baptist Community Services to deliver 1,400 Texas Hope 2010 CDs

Baptist Community Services in Amarillo is sharing the hope of Christ with its residents and employees one compact disc at a time.

Wilshire team ministers to incarcerated girls in North Africa

A team from Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas traveled to a predominantly Muslim country in North Africa to investigate future ministry possibilities—and show Christ’s love to a group of incarcerated young girls whose primary crime was a desire to eat.

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