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IMB Commisions 17 at OBU

SHAWNEE—The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention commissioned 17 newly appointed missionaries before a packed house Nov. 16 in Raley Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University. The 6:30 p.m. service provided for a moving and memorable conclusion to the 104th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which met in the facility Nov. 15-16. The 17 new missionaries will serve in...

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Three great questions about church planting in Oklahoma

In the past nine months, 34 Baptist churches have been launched in Oklahoma!  These churches are making disciples, baptizing new believers and teaching them the ways of following Jesus.   Already, 130 professions of faith have been reported, and these new churches are averaging 37 in attendance. Because Oklahoma Baptists start about 50 new churches each year, we are often asked important questions about church planting. In this...

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Disaster Relief: Preparing, training are essential

Norman Wagoner’s goal is to add 1,000 new “friends” to his personal social network every year—friends who have a heart for missions and a desire to serve both God and their fellow man in times of distress. Wagoner is state training coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s disaster relief organization—an army of more than 4,500 trained volunteers in several disciplines. His dream for 2010 is to have more than 5,000...

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A vision of Africa and the local poor

by Polly House RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)—The idea of a transformational church is nothing new to James Gailliard. It’s just business as usual. “Transformation comes by making daily adjustments that make you look more like Jesus,” said Gailliard, pastor of Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, N.C. Gailliard was one of the evening preachers at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, which...

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Seeing God heal the broken changes Oklahoma student’s life

by Don Graham RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Hugo was an alcoholic ex-convict with a red-hot temper. He fit right in with the other residents along Chile’s Quatro Sud (Four South) road, home to prostitutes, transvestites, alcoholics and drug addicts. But it was this road, which runs through one of the roughest neighborhoods in Talca, Chile, that God used as a catalyst to transform Hugo’s life. Chris Burgess, a Comanche native from Lawton, went to...

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Evangelism: It’s not just a game

MY316 strategy implemented during youth weeks at Falls Creek Playing an interactive game with 2,000 high school students takes planning. Making that game a way to influence students’ perception of reaching the lost can make an eternal impact. Each morning during the tabernacle teaching time at Falls Creek, students were challenged to use the MY316 evangelism strategy as a way to share their personal testimony coupled with one of the...

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