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Partnership missions:  Prayer quilts headed to Russia
Sep24

Partnership missions: Prayer quilts headed to Russia

It can get really cold in Russia, and a good quilt can help stave off the chill of a long winter’s night. But, 45 wives of Russian Baptist Union pastors soon will find their hearts warmed even more than their chilled bones, thanks to members of Oklahoma City, Southern Hills. The congregation gathered the evening of Aug. 30 to “commission” 45 colorful quilts made by the Southern Hills Prayer Quilt Ministry. The quilts will make their...

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Baptisms abound as God blesses ministry of Heavener, First
Sep22

Baptisms abound as God blesses ministry of Heavener, First

HEAVENER—Sam Dyer may try to convince you he is a laid-back, small town, slow-talking preacher, but when it comes to leading  his church—Heavener, First—to bringing people to the Lord and being baptized, you won’t find him sitting on his front porch in a rocking chair sipping from a tumbler of sweet tea. “We have been doing good. We have been really blessed. I’m in my 15th year, and it’s just amazing what God is doing,” said Dyer, 57....

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Katrina at 10: A faithful pastor
Sep09

Katrina at 10: A faithful pastor

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 the final part 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. PORT SULPHUR, La.—This “census-designated place” on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in...

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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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