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Violence deters Nuevo Laredo missions

Posted: 12/15/06

Violence deters Nuevo Laredo missions

By John Hall

Texas Baptist Communications

SAN ANTONIO—The number of Texas Baptist mission trips to Nuevo Laredo is down significantly this year, due in large part to violence between drug cartels there.

The Baptist General Convention of Texas Border/Mexico Missions office facilitated fewer than 10 mission trips to Nuevo Laredo this year, down from nearly 30 in 2005.

       

Child learns early lesson about selfless giving

Posted: 12/15/06
Megan Simmwell, age 7, sits among the 100 arts and crafts supplies she received for her birthday. Simmwell donated all the gifts to children served in STARRY’s emergency shelter program.

Child learns early lesson about selfless giving

By Miranda Bradley

Children at Heart Ministries

ROUND ROCK—Most adults find it hard to be selfless, no matter how many sermons they hear about it being “more blessed to give than to receive.” But Megan Simmwell, age 7, learned the lesson early—and has become hooked on giving.

Recently, she gave her own brand-new birthday presents to children served by STARRY’s emergency shelter program. STARRY is a community-based agency of Children at Heart Ministries that serves children, teenagers and parents in crisis.

       

Protestants decide there’s something about Mary

Posted: 12/15/06
Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem in The Nativity Story.

Protestants decide there’s something about Mary

By Sarah Price Brown

Religion News Service

LOS ANGELES—Scot McKnight, a religious studies professor, was teaching several years ago when he had an “aha” moment.

McKnight had just read aloud the Magnificat, the Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise from the Gospel of Luke.

       

Growing church family finds room for expansion

Posted: 12/15/06

Growing church family
finds room for expansion

By George Henson

Staff Writer

ODESSA—As families grow, the need for a larger home often follows. Primera Iglesia Bautista in Odessa has found what seems to be a perfect fit for its growing family of believers.

More than twice as many people have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ in 2006 than in 2005 at Primera, Pastor Mario Martinez said.

       

On the Move

Posted: 12/15/06

On the Move

Gary Anthony to First Church in Temple as associate pastor of music from Gaston Oaks Church in Dallas, where he was minister of music/administration.

Larry Archer to Sylvester Church in Sylvester as pastor.

Mike Bradford to East Side Church in Rusk as pastor from Fort Phantom Church in Abilene.

Richard Butts to Skyline Church in Lubbock as pastor.

       
 
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