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After duck boat tragedy, parents' faith gives comfortHIGGINSVILLE, Mo. (BP) -- When Michelle Chaffer, a mother of 10, first heard of the death of 17 tourists on a "duck boat" in Branson, Mo., in mid-July, she was sad to hear of so many lives lost. But she saw no need to be concerned for her parents, Bill and Janice Bright, who had driven to Branson earlier that day to celebrate their 45th anniversary. And Michelle's sister had heard from them after they checked into their hotel.
This changed the following day.
"It was late morning. My aunt called, and she was hysterical. She couldn't find my parents," Michelle recounted. Read More
FROM THE STATES: La., Ark., N.M. evangelism/missions news; 'Numbers matter because they mean people'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist Message (Louisiana); Arkansas Baptist News; Baptist New Mexican Read More
'Gospel above all' motivates Greear agendaNASHVILLE (BP) -- The supremacy of the Gospel will motivate J.D. Greear as he leads Southern Baptists to evangelize, plant churches and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he told Southern Baptist executives Sept. 17 in Nashville.
"It is the Gospel that is the source of our renewal, and it is the Gospel that should be our defining characteristic as a people," Greear said in his first presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee at its fall meeting. "(The Gospel) should be what people think about and talk about when they think and talk about us."
Empowering cultural diversity, engaging the next generation in cooperative missions and preventing sexual abuse are also among his goals, said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Read More
Salvations 'on a daily basis became normal'ASIA (BP) -- When Jeremiah Farmer*, an architect, and his wife Joy* sensed a clear call from the Lord to minister in Asia, they had been active in their local church but had no seminary training and hadn't planned to leave for a foreign country.
Nevertheless, in obedience to the Lord, they followed their church's advice and applied with the International Mission Board, which accepted them and then deployed them to a closed part of Asia.
From the beginning, Farmer told fellow believers he did not qualify to be on the mission field. Even so, he and his wife agreed to stay as long as the Lord told them to stay and to maintain a "laser focus" on a specific goal: figuring out how to get the Gospel to their region's 650 million people, 80 percent of whom had never heard the message of Jesus. Read More