Post-Joaquin recovery: S.C. Baptists move forwardCOLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- First Baptist is mourning yet, like so many other churches in Columbia, S.C., and across the state, engaging in ministry as flooding continues to grip Hurricane Joaquin survivors and first responders.
Richard Milroy, 82, "died in his car sometime in the last couple of days due to devastating floods," minister of discipleship Wes Church wrote to First Baptist members, The Baptist Courier, newsjournal of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, reported Oct. 6. Read More
In Honduras, hunger offering aids Mayan corn farmersLAS MEDIAS DOS, Honduras (BP) -- Lucio, a 23-year-old Chorti farmer, emerges from the hedgerows with a machete in hand. He has been tending his small plot of land in preparation for the next sowing season for corn.
In the past, soil erosion complicated his efforts and made his farm less productive. Read More
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U.S. actions could benefit persecuted overseas"Congress 'acted in the best interest of Americans and millions of other people around the world." -- Russell MooreWASHINGTON (BP) -- Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government.
The House of Representatives approved reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in a voice vote Oct. 6. The Senate passed the same legislation without opposition Sept. 30. Read More
Foley to retire as Univ. of Mobile presidentMOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- Mark Foley, president of the University of Mobile, has announced he will retire in 2016 after more than 17 years as head of the Baptist-affiliated college.
Foley, 65, announced his retirement during the Oct. 8 meeting of the university's trustees. Read More
N.C. history museum to host Billy Graham exhibitRALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- The North Carolina Museum of History will open a special exhibit to honor the life of Billy Graham on Nov. 6, the day before the famed evangelist's 97th birthday.
The exhibit will include memorabilia, displays and multimedia documenting his early days as the son of a dairy farmer, his family life, his friendships with dignitaries and his leadership through national and international crises like 9/11. Read More
NAMB trustees approve Send Relief, IMB aidSALT LAKE CITY (BP) -- Trustees of the North American Mission Board have approved the establishment of Send Relief -- a new compassion ministry to offer Southern Baptists opportunities to meet physical needs and serve underprivileged communities. Also during their Oct. 7 meeting, NAMB's trustees approved a $4 million budget reduction so the entity can send funds to assist International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries. Read More
Send Relief VP Melber brings 'passion, experience'SALT LAKE CITY (BP) -- David Melber was approved as vice president of Send Relief by North American Mission Board trustees at their Oct. 7 meeting in Salt Lake City. NAMB's trustees also approved funding for the new ministry area.
"I know David's passion, experience and his heart for people make him a great fit for this new role," NAMB President Kevin Ezell said. "Southern Baptists want to help people who are hurting, and ... Read More