TEXAS BAPTISTS LIFE
Volume 5 - Issue 2
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Tyler county country church honor God with excellence
WATCH an interview with Jordan Wilson, pastor of Tyler County Country Church, as he shares about the power of cooperation in reaching his community with the Gospel.
READ an article from Church Texas Baptists Church Starting experience and the success we have seen through this process over the past 10 years.
Articles From Issue 2
Embracing local culture: Country Church thrives in East Texas
by Kalie Lowrie on March 20, 2017 in culture
As Pastor and Church Planter Jordan Wilson stands back and reflects on all God has done in the three-and-a-half years since Tyler County Country Church (TC3) began, he is truly in awe. Standing in a 16,000 square foot, two-story building in Woodville, which opened its doors in October 2016, Wilson can point to so many moments of God’s faithfulness and provision.
TC3 was started by Wilson and his wife, Emily, in 2013 after being approached by First Baptist Church Woodville and six other churches who saw the need for a new church in the area to reach a different segment of the population. Initially, the church was started as a... [continue]
Go Now students reaching the border for Christ
by Guest Author on March 20, 2017 in great commandment
Can one week really change the course of your life? That’s the question Daniel Ortiz was asking when he heard about a short-term missions opportunity through Go Now Missions.
Ortiz, a sophomore nursing student at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), had been interested in serving through missions, but was unsure about heading overseas at this time in his life. When he learned of an opportunity to serve in Brownsville, Texas for a week during the Christmas break, Ortiz was excited—and curious.
“I’d hear things like, ‘These trips will change your life!’ and I used to wonder how that was really possible,” Ortiz recalls... [continue]
Texas Baptists reaching an expanding state through church starting
by Paul Atkinson on March 20, 2017 in faith
What breaks your heart? When you see a people group, a community or a neighborhood that is not being reached with the Gospel, are you compelled to action? Does your heart break when you see someone who may never hear the name of Jesus unless you do something? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you might be an ideal church starting candidate.
Texas Baptists Church Starting works to equip church planters with the skills, encouragement, mentoring and coaching, strategies and funding needed to successfully plant a church in an unreached area or with an unreached people group. Through years of implementation, evaluation and... [continue]
A look into the life and legacy of James B. Simmons
by Guest Author on March 20, 2017 in faith
Dr. Travis L. Frampton developed a growing interest in Dr. James B. Simmons's life and works several years ago upon reading The Cause and Cure of the Rebellion, an abolitionist sermon published by Dr. Simmons in 1861. The following story details Dr. Frampton’s journey on his sabbatical to learn more about the life and legacy of the institution’s founder.
Having taught at Hardin-Simmons University for almost two decades, I am more invested in Hardin-Simmons than in any other school of which I have been a part. As my own life has been inspired and
changed for the better by Dr. James B. Simmons’ story, I wanted to know more about... [continue]
How 25 chickens transformed a family - a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering Story
by Kalie Lowrie on March 20, 2017 in great commandment
Soontorn Inthayok is a day laborer and part-time guard, serving as the primary wage-earner for his family in Northern Thailand. The 49-year-old provides for his older sister, who is mentally disabled, and his son, who is attending technical college. He also overcomes his personal disability to bring home earnings of approximately $300 US dollars per month. While Soontorn works extremely hard, often the monthly expenses of food, utilities and tuition are more than what he earns.
When Soontorn learned he was selected to participate in the Social Development and Service Unit (SDSU) Chicken and Cattle Farming Project, he was elated... [continue]
Homes of transformation
by Guest Author on March 20, 2017 in great commandment
Monica was like a lot of women who come to the growing network of house churches Paul Gonzales leads on the west side of San Antonio. She was struggling in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend of 10 years and didn’t know where to turn.
She found support and encouragement from the roughly 20 Christians who gathered weekly. They talked about what God desires in a relationship between a man and a woman, including marriage.
Little by little, she shared what she was learning with her boyfriend, Matthew Flores. Once or twice he even acquiesced to her requests to come with her to church. After a year, Gonzales married the couple... [continue]
Hogares de transformación
by Guest Author on March 20, 2017 in vol 5 issue 2
Mónica era como muchas de las mujeres que vienen a la creciente red de iglesias hogares que Paul González dirige en el área oeste de San Antonio. Ella estaba luchando en su relación con su pareja de 10 años, y no sabía a dónde recurrir.
Ella encontró apoyo y ánimo en los pocos 20 cristianos que se reunían cada semana. Ellos hablaban del deseo de Dios para la relación entre un hombre y una mujer, incluyendo el matrimonio.
Poco a poco, ella compartió lo que había estado aprendiendo con su pareja. Una o dos veces él aceptó las invitaciones de ir a la iglesia con ella. Después de un año, González casó a la pareja en un parque.