The Christian Life Commission helps Texas Baptists apply their faith to life through Ethics, Public Policy and Community Ministry. The Bible serves as the foundation for the CLC's work. As the CLC addresses various ethical and policy issues, it does not speak for Texas Baptists. Rather, the CLC speaks to Texas Baptists and to others about issues as determined by its 18 commissioners.



Tuesday, July 31, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Arlington Convention Center, Room E4

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Gus Reyes

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Rio Grande Valley ministry bridges education gap


By Jaclyn Bonner and Abby Hopkins

Education is a valued process of growth and development in pivotal years of one’s life, yet it is not always accessible. As a new school year begins, many are unable to afford the costs of learning.

However, a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering ministry in Hidalgo County unites the educated and the uneducated in their community by service and sacrifice to assist the literacy needs of refugees and immigrants.

The U.S. Census Bureau found that Hidalgo County has one of the highest concentrated poverty rates in the country. High population rates, coupled with high poverty rates, have created a need for educational support as the uneducated, illiterate, and non-English speaking Latino and refugee populations cannot afford educational resources or classes.

"I've seen God at work in an entire community because of this ministry," said Diann Berry, ministry leader. “And by community, I mean various communities throughout the entire Rio Grande Valley region."

The Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center offers all levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) and GED (General Education Development) test preparation classes, in both English and Spanish, serving up to 250 students in a semester.

"Some of our students have worked hard to study, to gain some knowledge, to become more employable, and do something about the cycle of poverty they are caught up in," Diann said....

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Information on Christianity & Same Sex Marriage

We seek to provide online resources on an array of ethical topics that point toward a Christ-centered approach to living. Issues we focus on include: Hunger & Poverty, Citizenship and Ethical Choices. We also feature an Ethical Living Blog. To learn more, please visit our Ethics & Justice pages or contact Ferrell Foster at: .

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Christian citizenship is a response to the call of God and the example of the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. As caring Christians, we are called to reach out to the needs of the world with talents, spiritual gifts and compassion. Because of this, our Public Policy branch has provided information on public policy issues such as Criminal Justice, Alcohol & Addiction, Education and Gambling, so that the world we live in can reflect Biblical truth. To learn more, please visit our Public Policy pages or contact Kathryn Freeman at: .

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Our ministry impact focuses on issues we feel are highly important in today's culture. Our three main focuses are on church law, hunger and poverty and immigration. To learn more, please visit our Ministry Impact pages or contact Bianca Barajas at: .

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Hunger Offering

Texas Baptists are working together with many Baptist partners in Texas and around the world to show Christ's love and generosity by meeting immediate hunger needs and helping people escape the devastation of poverty. Alongside these trusted partners, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering seeks to empower those in need by funding relief and development projects that are holistic and sustainable.

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Statements

Follow-up Statement on Border Separation of Families

Follow-up statement from Gus Reyes, director of the Christian Life Commission

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Border Separation of Families

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission on border separation of families

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Response to repeal of DACA

Kathryn Freeman of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s repeal of DACA

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Response to executive order on religious liberty

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission responds to President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty

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Election Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to 2016 Election Results

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Refugee Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes of the Christian Life Commission Responds to Texas’ Withdrawal from the Refugee Resettlement Program

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HB 2 Statement

Dr. Gus Reyes Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt

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