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Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing images haunted Williams

Joe Williams is familiar to his innermost being with the terms Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Compassion Fatigue. You could almost say he wrote the book on them, or at least edited it. But, he had to deal with the terrible images of death and destruction on a deeply, intimately personal level before he could begin to help others deal with the images and issues that plagued them after tragedies such as the bombing of the...

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Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage
Apr14

Reflections: Bombing attacked Poes’ marriage

Oklahoma City Police chaplains Jack and Phyllis Poe weren’t inside the Alfred P. Murrah federal Building when a truck bomb exploded outside at 9:02 a.m. on April 19, 1995, but the after-effects of that explosion nearly tore their marriage apart. “One of the things we really didn’t understand is, as caregivers, we want to make a difference, but we didn’t realize that you can give yourselves away. And, Phyllis and I gave ourselves...

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Springing into action!
Apr07

Springing into action!

Early spring storms’ response includes new DR volunteers, units Recently-trained volunteers and two new recovery and repair trailers were among Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) disaster relief responders when early spring storms spawning tornadoes slashed across the state’s central and northeastern sections March 25. Clean-up and feeding efforts by BGCO disaster relief volunteers in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro...

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Gov. Fallin attends Oil Patch Chaplaincies’ job fair
Apr07

Gov. Fallin attends Oil Patch Chaplaincies’ job fair

ELK CITY—Tom Beddow has a compassion for those who work in the oil industry. As coordinator for Oil Patch Chaplaincies for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), he has been burdened for those who recently have lost their jobs due to the downward turn in the oil and gas industry. With the help of Mike Terry, president of Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, Beddow was able to connect with Gov. Mary Fallin’s office...

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Hispanic Falls Creek well attended, many decisions were made
Apr07

Hispanic Falls Creek well attended, many decisions were made

DAVIS—Hispanic Baptist Churches of Oklahoma hosted a family retreat at Falls Creek Conference Center, March 18-21. With 500 people in attendance, 19 professions of faith were made as well as 40 rededications. “The Hispanic retreat was successful,” said Daniel Caceres, Hispanic ministries specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, who explained there were opportunities for age-specific meetings and worship times. As...

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Pierce honored at Native American ministries conference
Mar31

Pierce honored at Native American ministries conference

A three-day conference was observed with the emphasis on Native American ministries in honor of its founder. Oklahoma City, Glorieta hosted the Willene Pierce Memorial Conference, March 19-21, as approximately 150 people met, representing 67 churches and 29 tribes, for the purpose of enhancing the work of evangelizing Native Americans. Augusta “Gus” Smith, executive director of The Native American LINK (Living in Neighborly Kindness),...

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