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God opening doors in Germany

Before my teammate Kasey and I even arrived in Germany, God was opening doors at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, where we would be spending our summer doing outreach. Our supervisor Nick Howard went one day to check out the campus and get an idea of what we could do when we got there. He went to the Amerikanistik (Engli...

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Issue 5, Spring 2016

Issue 5, Spring 2016 We'd love to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete our new online form so we can continue crafting engaging content that you want to read. Get in Touch Through the Refugee Relief Project, Texas Baptists are helping provide blankets, heaters, mattresses and other winter survival necessities to Syrian...

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Go Now Missions: The Power of Puzzles

Fridays are busy nights at the Hospitality House. I stepped out of the main room to video chat with one of my best friends who is also on a summer mission trip. Just as I finished talking to her, my partner Myriam charged into our room. "I love puzzles!" she exclaimed. She began to tell me about the conversation she had just shared...

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ISAAC Projects opens center to directly minister to immigrants

SAN ANTONIO - The Immigration Service and Aid Center opened its doors on the Baptist University of the Américas campus Aug. 30 to directly help people with their citizenship issues.The ISAAC center is Texas Baptists' first effort to directly help immigrants work within the law and navigate the complicated path toward citizenship...

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Alliance Education Initiative

Church: Alliance Church, LubbockPastor: Jesse RinconesInitiative: Alliance Education Initiative What is one thing your church has had success with in the local community? We have been working to bring awareness to and address the educational challenges facing the Hispanic community, both inside and outside the church. This “one t...

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The voice of the church

In the 1950s, both pastors and churches had a sort of automatic "voice" in the community. People listened to pastors simply because of who they were. Being a church and a minister gave one a certain level of "prominence" in whatever community they were in. More and more we live in a culture where this is no longer the case.In many...

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Church Spotlight: FBC Weslaco

From operating a hunger care ministry to adopting a local school the amount of opportunities, and the ways our Texas Baptist churches reach and serve their communities are endless. Because each community is different, each church responds to needs differently. Recently, I had the privilege of visiting with Dr. Steven Parker, pastor...

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5 Keys to Kingdom Work

"To do the work of God, the Church must have a mission. It's in the Great Commandment and in the Great Commission." -Toby Snowdensee Mark 12:29-31 & Matthew 28:18-20.Just as a key is used to open a door, these five keys can assist us in opening doors for Kingdom work.Win Souls"He who wins souls is wise" Proverbs 11:30The Apostl...

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South Texas Children’s Home helping women find redemption

CORPUS CHRISTI – Nicolle Polanco struggled with alcoholism, which then affected every facet of her life. After being unable to take care of her children, she admitted herself into Grace House in Corpus Christi for rehabilitation.South Texas Children's Home, a Texas Baptists partner ministry, serves in many more capacities than pr...

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Why you should never say never

Growing up, we would pass through Houston on the way to my aunt's house in Texas City. We would always say, "We'll never live here!" But then, the last half of my junior year in high school, we moved from my beautiful, quiet, peaceful, quaint East Texas small town to the concrete, noisy, busy, modern life of the city! Never say nev...

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Introducing The 2016 National Acteen Panelists From Texas

Every year, Woman's Missionary Union® chooses a handful of young women to serve as National Acteen Panelist. The girls that are chosen as Panelist obtain qualities that show leadership, serving hearts, and a strong relationship with Christ.The 2016 National Acteen Panelist consists of three girls from the state of Texas. Hannah...

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New facility brings new opportunities for North Texas BSM

DENTON--Friends, alumni and students of the University of North Texas Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) celebrated the grand opening of of new, fully funded $2.3 million BSM building on Saturday. In its over 50 years of existence, the BSM has hosted thousands of free lunches and worship services, seeing many students come to know Chr...

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GO: Family Missions

I used to think that being a “missionary” meant that you packed your bags to fly on an airplane to another country to do “missions.” In my mind, a “missionary” was someone who loaded his or her suitcase with American food like beef jerky and cheese crackers (just in case they didn’t like th...

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Executive Board hosts graduation of emerging young leaders, revises administrative support policies

On Monday night of the May 23-24 Executive Board meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, ten individuals received trophies and certificates of graduation from the first cohort of Leadership Texas Baptists. Leadership Texas Baptists, which met for the first time last fall, is a nine-month program experience to engage, eq...

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Texas Baptists bring BSM to Guadalajara University

Home to over 116,000 students, the University of Guadalajara lies in Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco, Mexico, which has a mere 1% Christian population. For over 15 years, the university was without a Baptist ministry presence. In recent years, Texas Baptists, in partnership with the Baptist Convention in Guadalajara has h...

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7 Tips for when disaster damages your church building

When storms damage your church building consider these options: Watch out for live wires. Be very aware of exposed electrical hazards and submerged live power hazards. Take proper precautions. Keep people out of hazardous conditions. Watch out for nails.  Wear strong soled shoes and boots in debris and submerged areas. Soft so...

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