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  • Gordon's Gulf flood risks put DR volunteers on alert

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Anticipated flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon has Southern Baptist volunteers on alert in three Gulf Coast states, and may extend responses in the already-flooded Midwest as Gordon moves inland.

    The storm will likely intensify to a Category 1 hurricane as it comes ashore between western Alabama and eastern Louisiana this evening (Sept. 4), the Weather Channel reported, but will quickly weaken again to a tropical storm as it moves inland, perhaps over Arkansas. Read More

  • Volunteers needed as Ridgecrest attendance climbs

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center celebrated record attendance last year as approximately 70,000 guests visited the Blue Ridge Mountain retreat site.

    "It was the most people we've seen in almost 30 years," said Art Snead, executive director at Ridgecrest. "The fingerprints of God's blessings are everywhere."

    With the blessing of extra guests comes the need for more help on campus. Leaders at the conference center are currently looking to deepen their volunteer pool, which they say plays a vital role in serving visitors. Read More

  • Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The concept of "giving the shirt off your back" took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June.

    "Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase," said Bruce Edwards, youth ministry specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. "We asked them to bring clothes that they would be willing to donate to the underprivileged in Guatemala, and I think the experience of doing that was very meaningful for many of the kids."

    The mission team, sponsored by the mission board and its Youth Evangelism Conference outreach, encompassed youth from five churches along with several TBMB personnel, including Edwards and disaster relief specialist Wes Jones and his wife Pam, former missionaries to Guatemala. Read More

  • Each Thursday, they ramp up their ministry

    by Scott Barkley, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Richard Eckler
    ELBERTON, Ga. (BP) -- For those with trouble getting a step ahead, this group of men provides a way up.

    Richard Eckler experienced it himself. Having undergone eight knee surgeries, including two replacements, he knew what it was like having trouble getting around. Read More

  • Ridgecrest volunteers: 'We're like family'

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (BP) -- It's like family. Those words come up time and again as volunteers describe serving together at LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina.

    Now Ridgecrest wants to expand that family. With a deeper pool of volunteers, leaders say, the conference center can be more effective in sharing the joy of the Lord.

    Volunteers are a vital part of the Ridgecrest ministry, executive director Art Snead said. They work in a variety of areas, from carpentry and gardening to food service and hospitality. Read More

  • Olympics: Bapt. volunteers share Jesus, see lives changed

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, August 22, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth.
    RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- While the Olympics may draw fans from all over the world to celebrate athletic accomplishment, they also draw missions volunteers interested in taking the Gospel to the nations.

    Steve Paquette, of Golden Acres Baptist Church in Phenix City, Ala., and James Gardner, of McClendon Baptist Church in West Monroe, La., were part of a team of about 25 volunteers from International Sports Chaplains who witnessed to people at various Olympics sites in Rio. Read More

  • Teamwork yields East Asians putting trust in Christ

    by Caroline Anderson , posted Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (3 years ago)

    EAST ASIA (BP) -- Before returning to the U.S., two American mission volunteers arranged to meet one last time with more than 20 new believers they led to the Lord during their two-week visit in East Asia.

    "We wanted to give you a gift before we return to the U.S.," Timothy,* one of the volunteers tells some of the new believers who gathered to meet him and his teammate Joshua* for lunch. Read More