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Katrina at 10: A ‘heavenly match’
Sep01

Katrina at 10: A ‘heavenly match’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Aug. 29 marked the 10th Anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina along the U.S. Gulf Coast. In this issue, the Baptist Messenger presents Part 2 of a three-part series: “Katrina at 10,” featuring reflections by three New Orleans area leaders assisted by Oklahoma disaster relief volunteers after the storm. NEW ORLEANS, La.—Sam Porter is visionary, but never in his wildest imagination did he think Oklahoma...

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Katrina at 10
Aug24

Katrina at 10

NEW ORLEANS, La.—Fred Luter Jr. is accustomed to overcoming obstacles and beating the odds. The senior pastor of New Orleans, Franklin Ave. survived massive injuries in a motorcycle accident as a 21-year-old—an incident that led him to accept God’s call into ministry—and he moved from itinerant preaching on a street corner to grow a 65-member congregation he first began to pastor in 1986 to an 8,000-member church known world wide two...

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Sunday School ‘revival’ helps  Lawton, Cameron ReConnect
Aug11

Sunday School ‘revival’ helps Lawton, Cameron ReConnect

LAWTON—Lawton, Cameron Pastor Mike Teel credits Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Sunday School/Adult Discipleship Specialist Bob Mayfield with helping to set his church on fire last February. Not in the literal sense, of course, but figuratively in that Cameron’s membership is enthusiastically engaged in reaching out to its community for the Lord. “Probably the biggest impetus was Bob coming down and basically doing a Sunday...

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IFC leaders urge: ‘Do Something; We are the solution’
Aug04

IFC leaders urge: ‘Do Something; We are the solution’

DAVIS—After highlighting a list of critical issues facing native American churches, Indian Falls Creek (IFC) Executive Director Victor Cope and Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Native American Specialist Emerson Falls exhorted a group of some 200 of their counterparts attending a special meeting July 27  to “Do Something” about the situation. “We are the solution,” Falls exclaimed to the group meeting in the Raymond A....

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Partnership missions: Biker ministry requires ‘heart calling’
Jul28

Partnership missions: Biker ministry requires ‘heart calling’

In the past decade, Don Hunter has had two open-heart surgeries, 35 heart catheterizations and 13 stents inserted into his arteries. Still, that hasn’t prevented him from having a God-called heart for ministry to one of America’s most misunderstood and feared sub-cultures—biker clubs. Hunter is the senior chaplain with Oklahoma Chaplains for Bikers, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary of ministry to biker clubs across the...

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