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22 baptized, overflow room used as church adds campusJONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- Twenty-two people were baptized, and an overflow room was used during the launch service of a new campus of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Ark., at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.
"This was our first Sunday. We were in an auditorium that seats 999 people, and we had 1,055 people there," said Breck Freeman, administrative pastor of Central Baptist Church and former associate missions team leader at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. "We had an overflow room.... That was one of the most amazing things."
"We had 15 people scheduled for baptism, but seven people who had already been saved came forward to be baptized," Freeman said of the Aug. 12 launch. Read More
FROM THE STATES: La., Ala., N.M. evangelism/missions news; 'We are overwhelmed by God's grace'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist Message (Lousiana); The Alabama Baptist;
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Former slave sees God's answer to his prayersMOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The dirt road snaked long and lonely out to Cudjo's cabin on the outskirts of Mobile as Mary Ellen Caver tried to mentally prepare to meet the former slave.
Caver had lived as a single missionary among a tribe in Nigeria before coming home to Alabama. For years, she had been accustomed to the unusual; this time, she had been told it would be a crazy man.
The day before, as Caver had walked out of a church in south Alabama, she had met a group of black men waiting in the parking lot. They knew she had been a missionary to Africa, and they wanted her to put some of their questions to rest. Read More
Backpack ministry helps plant 'foundational worldview'CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- While growing up in Clarkston, Ga., Sam Abebe could count on getting his backpack full of school supplies every year from Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) through its annual back-to-school event. Today, years later, Abebe serves as CIBC's student pastor.
"Those seeds planted my foundational worldview of who I believed God to be," Abebe said. "When I was 18, because of that foundation, I knew that Jesus died on the cross for me." Read More