Hello, Texas Baptists! It’s been a busy summer already. Please continue to pray for our collegiate missionaries serving all over the world and for our Bounce Student Disaster Recovery and Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery mission trips. Also, our Super Summer sessions are up and running. Pray for the students and workers involved.
Youth Evangelism Conference North Texas event in Burleson held back-to-back programs in order to accommodate the crowds. There were over 2,100 in attendance for this three-day event. We rejoice in the decisions made for Christ: 17 for salvation, 99 recommitments and 12 called to ministry. More YEC events are scheduled during August in Beaumont and Lubbock. For information, please contact Leighton Flowers.Our
Camp Exalted met June 22-26. This one-week spiritual enrichment experience is for youth in grades seven through 12 and college students. This is a life-changing experience.
Convencion Bautista Hispana de Texas met June 28-30 in Austin. I had a great time with Hispanic pastors, church leaders and members as we worshipped the Lord together. The Baptist General Convention of Texas is very grateful to Pastor Kie Bowman and Hyde Park Baptist Church (http://hpbc.org/) for hosting this event.
We were happy to host the Ethics Daily luncheon here at the Baptist Building. A new documentary, Genocide 66, which will be released in the fall of 2016, was previewed. They also recognized Don Sewell, director of Faith in Action Initiatives for Baylor Scott & White Health, as Baptist of the Year for 2014.
Kathleen and I enjoyed being with the great folks at First Baptist Church in Murphy and at First Baptist Church in Conroe a few weeks ago. Also, I’m looking forward to preaching at my home congregation, Lakeside Baptist Church in Dallas. It’s always great to connect with friends and stay near the home front every now and then!
David Hardage is executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board.