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Laredo: 727 new Christians, 4 new churches

June 29 2011 by Keith Manuel, Baptist Press

LAREDO, Texas — Many times in the darkest and most dangerous places the light of the gospel shines even brighter. Such is the case in Laredo, Texas, stemming from the “GPS 2020” evangelism and church planting initiative of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC).

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Joplin tornado didn’t halt Thailand mission trip

June 28 2011 by Susie Rain, Baptist Press

NAKHON SAWAN, Thailand — The banners advertise a free medical clinic with American doctors, and a Thai man looks at the signs, trying to figure out where to go. But his interest stretches beyond the clinic being conducted by volunteers from Joplin, Mo.

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SBCV exec Jeff Ginn accepts La. pastorate

June 28 2011 by Brandon Pickett, Baptist Press

GLEN ALLEN, Va. — After three years as executive director of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV), Jeff Ginn has accepted the senior pastor position at Istrouma Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La. Ginn notified the SBCV executive board last week in anticipation of the vote from Istrouma.

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6-week revival fuels SBC resolution

June 24 2011 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — A resolution on prayer and repentance adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Phoenix traces its roots to a church’s revival experience in east Tennessee. The resolution was initiated by Jamie Work, pastor of Candies Creek Baptist Church in Charleston, Tenn.

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VBS 2012 to have aviation theme

June 24 2011 by Polly House, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God’s Awesome Power” will be the 2012 Vacation Bible School theme for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. A LifeWay news release June 6 noted: Read More

Jim Hamilton resigns as Dakotas exec

June 24 2011 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. — Members of the Dakota Baptist Convention’s (DBC) Executive Board discussed in a June 7 conference call Executive Director Jim Hamilton’s June 3 notice of resignation and made plans for a transition in leadership. After his last day of work June 17, Hamilton said he will give full attention to a national network he has launched to strengthen and start churches and to pastoring Journey Church, which he planted 18 months ago in Sioux Falls, S.

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Off to a racing start: WMU receives RA transfer

June 23 2011 by Joe Conway, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – In a hand-off complete with a race car pit stop, transition of Royal Ambassadors to its 103-year-old parent organization is now under way. Woman’s Missionary Union Executive Director/Treasure Wanda Lee accepted the “hand-off” of Royal Ambassadors and Challengers from North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell in the June 13 morning session of WMU’s annual meeting and missions celebration.

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Kay Warren recounts lessons in suffering

June 23 2011 by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – When suffering came into her life, Kay Warren’s natural response was to view it as an enemy she needed to fight and push away. “I want it gone and I want it gone now,” she told the Pastors’ Wives Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference June 13.

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Susie Hawkins receives ministers’ wives award

June 23 2011 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Susie Hawkins was honored with the 2011 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the Ministers’ Wives Conference at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Hawkins is the wife of O. S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources and a former pastor’s wife in Oklahoma, Florida and Texas.

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Baptist associations: ‘a biblical model’

June 23 2011 by Barbara Denman, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – The future of the Baptist association is on solid footing, a Southern Baptist leader said, because the organization of churches within regional groups is based on a biblical model. “The future of the association is bright,” Ken Hemphill said.

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