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Agency gives party for foster families who give year-round

Posted: 12/21/07

Agency gives party for foster
families who give year-round

By Haley Smith

Baptist Child & Family Services

SAN ANTONIO—Baptist Child & Family Service threw a Christmas party to honor foster families who display the Christmas spirit of giving all year long.

After experiencing pregnancy complications, doctors advised Ernest and Margaret Casillas not to keep trying to have children, although they wanted a bigger family.

San Antonio-area foster children and parents celebrate at the Baptist Child & Family Services Christmas party with face painting, raffles and Mexican food. (BCFS photo by Martin Olivares)

Foster youth create own Christmas traditions

Posted: 12/21/07

Foster youth create own Christmas traditions

By Haley Smith

Baptist Child & Family Services

SAN ANTONIO—Foster children seldom inherit family traditions.

That helps explain the growing success of the annual Christmas party for San Antonio, Kerrville and surrounding area youth involved with the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program of Baptist Child & Family Services.

Novelist Grisham joins New Baptist Covenant speakers lineup

Posted: 12/21/07

Novelist Grisham joins New
Baptist Covenant speakers lineup

By Greg Warner

Associated Baptist Press

ATLANTA (ABP)—Best-selling author John Grisham, whose recent novels have revealed his deeply rooted Christian faith, will deliver a rare public speech at the New Baptist Covenant meeting in late January.

Grisham, a member of University Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Va., joins a lineup of Baptists who will address the three-day interracial meeting in Atlanta, including former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and Republican senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Charles Grassley (Iowa).

John Grisham

“The Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant,” organized by Carter, will seek to unite an estimated 20 million Baptists Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 around an agenda of Christ-centered social ministry. Forty Baptist organizations in the United States and Canada are participating, including the four main black Baptist conventions and most of the other Baptist denominations except the Southern Baptist Convention.

Missouri leader who warned of Islamic takeover hired to aid world-mission effort

Posted: 12/21/07

Missouri leader who warned of Islamic
takeover hired to aid world-mission effort

RICHMOND, Va. (ABP)—David Clippard, the former Missouri Baptist Convention executive who earned national headlines when he said Islam has a plan to “conquer and occupy” the United States, was hired Dec. 10 by the Southern Baptist Convention’s world-missions agency to enlist Baptist churches to spread the gospel to non-Christians worldwide.

According to a news release from the International Mission Board, Clippard will serve as managing director of the IMB’s church services team. He will use his new position to enable all Southern Baptist churches to reach the world’s 6,000 unreached people groups, the release said. He is especially interested in involving young pastors in the outreach.

David Clippard

Clippard won national attention in 2006 when he preached a sermon to the Missouri convention claiming the “real threat” to the United States is that “Islam has a strategic plan to conquer and occupy America.”

He claimed the Saudi Arabian government paid for 15,000 Muslim college students to come to North America to study and funded scores of Islamic study centers and mosques here with the intention of taking the continent for Islam. “They are after our sons and daughters, our students,” he said.

CBF to lease building from Mercer

Posted: 12/21/07

CBF to lease building from Mercer

ATLANTA (ABP)—The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has signed a 10-year lease with Mercer University for offices previously occupied by the Georgia Baptist Convention.

The state convention recently moved to new headquarters in Atlanta’s northern suburbs.

CBF will rent the offices—which are part of Mercer’s Atlanta campus—in an agreement that solidifies the existing partnership between the two groups.

It also links CBF with other Baptist organizations that have moved or are moving into the facility.

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