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SBC Life - Summer 2021

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Seldom a ‘typical’ day in the life and ministry of WMU’s Sandy Wisdom-Martin

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—As Sandy Wisdom-Martin approaches her fifth anniversary as executive director/treasurer of national Woman’s Missionary Union, she seldom experiences a “typical” day.

Serving with Integrity and Skill: O. S. Hawkins Reflects on a Half-Century of Ministry

On a clear day from O. S. Hawkins’s office in a North Dallas high-rise, you can see all the way to Fort Worth, his hometown. It may be fewer than forty miles from Crenshaw Street on Fort Worth’s East Side, where Hawkins grew up, to GuideStone’s offices. But in many ways, it’s a world away and part of the culmination of a journey the Lord Himself orchestrated.

‘Count the faces’: SBC diversity on the rise

NASHVILLE (BP) – When messengers see more ethnic diversity on committees at this year’s SBC annual meeting, they shouldn’t be surprised. As a report by the convention’s Executive Committee puts it, such diversity long has been “the expressed desire of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

From Cuba to US: President of Florida WMU Reflects on Life Lessons Amid Upheaval

Irma Moss vividly remembers five or six Communist soldiers invading her family’s home in Cuba and whisking her father off to jail in the wake of the Cuban Revolution. That was more than sixty years ago.

Bruce Plummer Finds God in the Midst of Despair

Bruce Plummer, born on the Fort Belknap reservation, was twenty-one, stumbling drunk, and suicidal in a drenching rainstorm in Portland, Oregon, when with Native American awareness he crawled under a pine tree to avoid some of the wet. That tree was on church property, he realized the next day, as he watched vehicles coming and later going from the parking lot.

American Indian Embraces Culture to Lead People to Jesus

People don’t grow into mature Christians until they serve others. So says American Indian pastor and ministry leader Bruce Plummer, of Sioux, Assiniboine, and Cree heritage.

New Beginnings Pregnancy Center Offers Help and Hope for Mothers and Babies

New Beginnings Pregnancy Center in Benton, Arkansas, has had a few new beginnings of its own. Originally established in 2003 as a nonprofit ministry to pregnant teens, it has grown to serve women of any age who can benefit from the ministry’s resources.

Love World and Welcome House Impact Knoxville and World for Christ

How can the crisis of an Iraqi refugee family’s house fire help churches engage young women in missions involvement amid their busy twenty-first century lives?

Fighter Pilot Finds Freedom from Racism and Self

Southern Baptist “Top Gun” Richard Toliver found freedom in the cockpit, from which he had dodged missiles and anti-aircraft fire while flying 446 combat missions in Southeast Asia during his twenty-six-year Air Force career. He also battled racism.

Pennsylvania/South Jersey WMU leaders enlist fresh voices to help cast new vision

Theresa Krieg, president of Pennsylvania/South Jersey Woman’s Missionary Union, has had a love of missions since her preschool years in Sunbeams (now Mission Friends). Aubrey King is a young mother who was first introduced to Southern Baptist global missions as a college student.

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