Wednesday, October 19, 2005Download All Stories
Quake survivors’ needs differ from tsunami, but sharing Jesus is key to both efforts
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP)--The Oct. 8 earthquake that shook northern Pakistan and India has the region scrambling once again to meet enormous needs as recovery continues from the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged the countries of Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives.
Southern Baptist disaster relief response to the earthquake will be similar to its response to the tsunami: meeting medical needs, providing food, building temporary shelter and helping individuals generate income.
Assisted by tsunami aid, volunteers in Asia continue ministry
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Workers and volunteers laboring to meet the immediate needs of people affected by the tsunami that hit South Asia and the Pacific Rim last December have utilized more than half of the $16.8 million given to the International Mission Board in response to the disaster.
At her childhood church, tears flow over hurricane's toll
Judy Hagler, who was baptized at 9 at Gentilly Baptist Church, sheds tears upon seeing the destruction that Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding exacted on her childhood church. Photo by Keith Manuel
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--With tears flowing down her cheeks, Judy Hagler gasped as she saw for the first time the jumble of pews and sludge left in the Gentilly Baptist Church in New Orleans, the church in which she grew up.
She had driven from her home in Independence, La., to check on her once-beautiful community. Long moments of silence and more tears accompanied her stories of the past.
In 1951, 9-year-old Judy became the first person baptized in the current sanctuary by her pastor, William Fussell.
Photojournalists’ group nurtures support, witness for faith
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In the mid-1970s, a group of 12 Christian photographers formed a mailing list to share prayer requests and encourage one another in their faith.
Led by Gary Fong, who is now director of editorial graphics technology at the San Francisco Chronicle, the group named itself Christians in Photojournalism and began ministering to photographers.
Gallup poll latest to show Americans reject secular evolution
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A majority of adults support the biblical account of creation according to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll -- the latest in a series of polls reflecting Americans' tendency to reject secular evolution.
CULTURE DIGEST: ‘A Life of Faith’ dolls serve as alternative to American Girl; reports of N.O. euthanasia investigated
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--As news reports indicate proceeds from bracelets connected with the popular American Girl dolls are going to support homosexual and abortion-rights causes, many parents are searching for alternatives for daughters who treasure the doll collections that come with life stories and multiple accessories.
Land: Miers’ record will be nearly identical to Roberts’
WASHINGTON (BP)--Richard Land predicts Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers not only will be confirmed, barring an unexpected revelation, but her record will be nearly identical to that of new Chief Justice John Roberts.
GuideStone to expand dental coverage through CIGNA Dental
DALLAS (BP)--GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention will offer a choice of three dental plans through CIGNA Dental beginning Jan. 1.
Simple technology allows homebound to attend church
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Margaret Coffey is a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church and “attends” services every week even though she is homebound and lives nearly 100 miles away.
Extra copies of Mature Living popular at residence for seniors
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP)--Churches and senior adults have one thing in common -– most don’t have a lot of extra money.
11 films to lift the spirit amid calamity & heartbreak
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)--Disaster movies were all the rage in the 1970s, ranging from “Airport,” a star-studded actioneer that soared with moviegoers, to the killer bee threat “The Swarm,” which deservedly got stung at the box office. After this year’s hurricane and flood catastrophes, the last thing many will want to see is a movie about apocalyptic misfortune.
FIRST-PERSON: Establishing credit
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP)--My friend and fellow cofounder of Crown Financial Ministries Larry Burkett used to say, "The first myth about credit is that you must have it. You don’t." Larry believed that you shouldn’t establish credit unless you have a specific purpose for it and know how to use it wisely.
FIRST-PERSON: How to get a life when ministry drains it out of you
HIGHLANDS, Texas (BP)--Years ago my dad and I, both pastors, attended an associational meeting. The speaker lamented a survey revealing that something like 75 percent of all pastors had considered leaving the ministry. Dad -- Joe Brumbelow, who in his lifetime was pastor of several churches in South Texas -- commented, “The results worry me, too. I’m concerned that 25 percent of the preachers lied.”