WACO – In this age, youth often are attracted to conferences because of famous worship bands, high-tech endeavors and the most sought-after speakers. But at Congreso, the Texas Baptists Hispanic youth evangelism conference, students were challenged to put away the fancy worship conditions and just get to the heart of worship – worshiping God through the Spirit and truth. Full Story »


DALLAS – Texas Baptist Men collected more than 3,500 cases of bottled water April 21-23 and will begin distributing it to firefighters and victims of Texas wildfires statewide this week. Full Story »

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Texas has a problem – many of our students are disappearing right before our eyes. They are dropping out of school and taking with them their hope for a better future. Learn what one small factor can change the direction of students’ lives, giving help, hope and a chance to hear the gospel – all things that could help them graduate from high school and widely open the door to a future filled with great possibilities.   Full Story »


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Lt, Leslie Cramer may be making Air Force history! Leslie is a recent seminary graduate who had been in the AF Chaplain Candidate program for a couple of years. While in the program, she worked tirelessly as a volunteer at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City. During her seminary time, she also married an Active Duty Air Force pilot who flies the E-3, the Air Force’s Airborne Warning and Control aircraft. Well things were rocking along for the newlyweds when, as it often does for Active Duty folks, an assignment comes down from the personnel people. Leslie’s husband is to be assigned at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan.

Well, of course she would go – seminary graduation behind her and commissioned as a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve, a flurry of activity was begun! Could there be a Reservist at Kadena? They didn’t have one – seems there were NO Reserve slots in overseas bases…but COULD there be one? When all is said and done she may be the first Reservist in a slot in the Far East!

Blessings on them in their new roles!

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For many years, Raymond Villareal served as a school teacher in the Dallas Independent School District before moving on to being a reading coach. During the years that he taught sixth grade, he struggled with getting the young boys to read books, especially the Hispanic boys.

He knew that something had to change if these boys were going to succeed in completing their education. Full Story »


Wildfires are ravaging Texas. Click here to find out how you can help fire victims and firefighters who are combating the blazes. Full Story »


Since August of this year, River Ministry/Mexico Missions has been partnering with “No Mas Violensia: Un Mensaje de Dios” to share the message of peace and hope along the Texas Mexican border.  Below you will find a brief description of this ministry written by their President, David Bayleat. No Más Violencia Un Mensaje de Dios

The work of this organization is to communicate that hope is not lost and that peace is attainable. We help people by giving them tools that help them make better decisions when confronted with violent situations.  We work towards the transformation of people and communities by training individuals and churches to be the people that God wanted them to be.

We have been at work since 1997 when we took on the challenge of preventing violence in pro soccer in Argentina.  Since our humble beginning, we have developed material to use in public schools, with families and communities.  We have expanded to other countries and are excited to be able to provide some assistance on the Mexico/USA border. 

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We believe that God is the only answer to the violence that we see and that God through His people can do more than we can even imagine to bring peace to the hearts of people, communities, cities, states and nations.

For more information please contact: David Balyeat, President of No Más Violencia International, 529 E. Tripp, Sunnyvale, TX 75182 davidbalyeat@yahoo.com 817-287-8130. 

So far this year we have had “No Mas Violencia” training workshops in the cities of Brownsville, Texas Matamoros Mexico, El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico.

Future Training Workshops Dates:

May 20-21         Reynosa, Mexico

June  3-4            Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Please keep the church and community leaders in these cities in your prayers as they work together to start “No Mass Violencia” ministries in their cities.

If you would like more information on this ministry please contact the River Ministry/Mexico Missions office.

E. Daniel Rangel

Director, River Ministry/Mexico Missions

Missions Mobilization Team

Office:214 828 5394 or 5284 

Cell:214 803 9167  Fax:214 828 5182

333 N Washington Ave

Dallas, TX 75246

Thank you for giving to missions through the Texas Baptists Cooperative Program and the Mary Hill Davis Missions Offering