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In Touch: Tour of Texas

August 29th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Hello Texas Baptists I do want to thank our BGCT 2nd Vice-President, Byron Stevenson, Pastor of The Fort Bend Church (www.thebend.org) in Sugar Land, for preaching at our the August Chapel Service here in our building.  We are blessed to have leaders like Byron serving here in Texas.  Also, I want to thank Joseph Parker, Pastor of the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin (www.davidchapel.org), and Executive Board Director for allowing me to preach in his absence not long ago.  This is a wonderful Church doing great work.  

Troy Allen, the Pastor of the FBC of College Station (www.fbccollegestation.com) allowed me the opportunity to come and speak to their Church on Texas Baptists work in Evangelism and Missions.  I so enjoyed my time in FBC.  Troy has been serving there now for over a year and is a real blessing to that congregation, as they are to him!

On Tuesday, August 7th, we were so delighted to welcome 45 Pastors to your Baptist Building for a time of information and affirmation.  Your entire Baptist Building Staff, led by Associate Executive Director Steve Vernon, did a wonderful job of sharing who we are and what we are doing as a Convention.  In addition, everyone was given a “Baptist Building” tour.  I was so pleased to have them here and we look forward to doing this again in January.

Amarillo was another stop on my “Tour of Texas” recently and I want to express appreciation to Steve Dalrymple, CEO of Baptist Community Services (www.parkcentral.org)  a complete Care and Retirement Community located across the street from FBC Amarillo.  I was given a great tour of their large facility (six city blocks in downtown) and of the Baptist St. Anthony Hospital as well.  Texas Baptists elect 7 of the Board Members for this ministry and I was pleased to be introduced to the people there and see the scope of their work.  While I was there I had the opportunity to speak to a number of Pastors and church leaders from the Panhandle and I thank Amarillo Baptist Association (www.amarillobaptist.org) DOM Bryan Houser, for putting this luncheon together and for the folks at Park Central for hosting us.

The Tallowood Baptist Church (www.tallowood.org) in Houston was so gracious to me as I preached in their Saturday night and Sunday morning services recently.  Dwayne Brooks, the Pastor, continues to lead Tallowood so very admirably.  In addition to their own services Tallowood hosts 6 other language congregations each weekend.  I was so delighted, on Sunday morning, to have a few minutes to speak to the Chinese Church of Tallowood where Jason Lee is the Pastor.

Please join me in praying for our BSM leaders on our Texas College & University Campuses as they welcome 1.5 million students back to campus this month.  This is a missions field and your Texas Baptists campus ministers are trained and ready!

God bless you all.  More next time.
DWH

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