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Autism Awareness: church reaches out to families
April 9, 2013 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
Sample Image Rich Fork Baptist Church, Thomasville, is reaching its community through a ministry focused on children with special needs. April is National Autism Awareness Month. 
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Autistic child becomes missionary to Japan
April 9, 2013 by Maria Elena Baseler, Baptist Press
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Eighteen years ago, Steven Kunkel was diagnosed with the developmental disorder of autism. Today, he serves as a missionary in Japan.
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M.O. Owens Jr., 99, recalls 1925 birth of CP
April 8, 2013 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press
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M.O. Owens Jr. was still in knickers on May 13, 1925, the day his parents took him to a pivotal session of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. That was the day the Cooperative Program was born.
Collegians on spring break tackle Sandy challenge 
April 8, 2013 by BR staff and Baptist Press 
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College students from around the country recently helped rip out walls and floors damaged by Hurricane Sandy during their spring break.
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Numbers say something

LifeWay’s Thom Rainer posted a very interesting list of Southern Baptists’ largest churches in his January 26 blog. In this week’s Biblical Recorder I published the North Carolina churches on Rainer’s list and shared some comments about the numbers.

Numbers from one aspect of church life never tell the whole story. But, there is always something to glean from such lists. Read the story and share your comments at the bottom of the story.

Speaking of numbers, 99 is a pretty good number when you’re talking about life. M.O. Owens is still actively preaching at age 99. In 1925 he traveled with his family to Memphis, Tenn., so that his father, a South Carolina pastor, could cast his vote for the creation of Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program (CP). CP Sunday is April 14.

Many in Baptist churches do not know enough about the effective work covered by CP – international missions, North American missions, seminary training, children’s homes, church planting and so much more! This is a great time to let them know how much kingdom work can be done by working together through CP gifts.

Don’t miss Shawn Hendricks' story about the special ministries of churches like Rich Fork Baptist in Thomasville. Their example of ministry is worth following. Autism is one of many special needs that some families face and churches must address.

Equally powerful is the testimony of an autistic child who became a missionary to Japan. It sounds unbelievable, but this powerful testimony is a must read!

Be blessed and encouraged as you read the Biblical Recorder!

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