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Falls outlines FONAC strategy
Jun17

Falls outlines FONAC strategy

BALTIMORE, Md.—Asserting that it is time for Native American believers to abandon their ”commodity religion,” Emerson Falls, chairman of the executive board of the Fellowship of Native American Christians (FONAC) outlined the group’s strategy for the future during its annual meeting here June 9. Speaking during the meeting being held in the Baltimore Convention Center in conjunction with the  157th Annual Meeting of the Southern...

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Porter moved by visit to 9-11 memorial museum
May27

Porter moved by visit to 9-11 memorial museum

NEW YORK—Almost a year to the day after he directed the response to one of the most destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma history, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief (DR) Director Sam Porter spent a quiet and reflective, but emotional, day at the National September 11 Memorial Museum on May 19. Porter, who spent a total of 39 days in Lower Manhattan proving relief in the wake of the 9-11 terrorist attacks at the World...

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Native Praise tour to include singing at SBC
May19

Native Praise tour to include singing at SBC

The late Willene Pierce—not Native American by blood, but certainly so in heart and spirit—had the vision of a “tribe” of Native American women banding together to share the love of Jesus Christ through songs lifted in praise to their Savior—in native languages. Since the formation of the Native Praise Choir in November 1999, the group has done just that, serving the Native American LINK (Living in Neighborly Kindness) ministry Pierce...

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Moore, First gives 5 acres to BGCO for DR facility
Apr30

Moore, First gives 5 acres to BGCO for DR facility

MOORE—For 15 years, Sam Porter has dreamed of having a place to call home . . . for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) disaster relief fleet. Now, thanks to the generosity of the congregation at Moore, First, that long dreamed of and prayed for vision will become a reality in the not-too-distant future. In a unanimous vote April 13, members of Moore, First agreed to donate five acres of the church’s nearly 75-acre...

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Hinton, First dedicates worship center
Apr07

Hinton, First dedicates worship center

HINTON—It was a journey that took almost 15 years to complete, but members of Hinton, First praised God and finally dedicated a new 19,000-square-foot, $2.5 million worship center on Sun., March 30. And they did so without facing the task of paying off a mortgage. In other words, they completed the project debt free! With former pastors Steve Murray and Scott Hamilton among those describing the process that led the congregation from...

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