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Guest Editorial: How will you change the life of a child?

Editor’s Note: May is Foster Care Awareness Month As of Jan. 2, 2011 there were 8,046 children in state custody. Through no fault of their own, these children are orphans or “fatherless,” not because they don’t have a parent, but because their families are unable to care for them due to incarceration, extreme poverty, physical abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need our help—your help. In last week’s issue, you read the...

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Ezell: NAMB will continue jointly funded missionaries with states

by James A. Smith Sr. BRANDON, Fla. (BP)—In spite of the Great Commission Resurgence report that many expected would end jointly funded missionaries with state Baptist conventions, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell says “strategically placed mobilizers” in southern states are necessary to accomplish NAMB’s church planting goals in the rest of North America. Ezell, who was elected NAMB’s third president in September,...

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‘Chance’ encounter leads to thousands of missionaries

It was a chance encounter, but one that led to thousands coming to know Christ as their Savior. In the early 1980s, a couple from Anadarko, First, Leslie and Roberta Pain, traveled with a group on a tour of China. At the end of a day of touring, as their bus stopped in front of their hotel, the couple was approached by a young Chinese man asking if he could practice his English with them. Bill* asked several questions about democracy...

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Falls Creek: Uncommon

DAVIS—There are a myriad of Christian summer camps for youth. Each has its own unique qualities, facilities, activities and programming. But no other camp is quite as unique as Falls Creek. Falls Creek hosts more than 5,000 students and leaders a week—and in eight weeks of camp will total more than 50,000 visitors, making it one of the largest youth camps in the world. The camp provides access to missionaries, global mission...

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REWIRED’s reach expanding

“REWIRED,” the annual Oklahoma men’s retreat, is quickly growing into a regional conference, and is drawing registrations from as far away as New Mexico and Houston, said organizer Keith Burkhart, family and men’s ministries specialist with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. This year’s annual gathering—scheduled April 29-30 at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center near Davis—could attract between 3,000 and 4,000 registrants,...

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Missional Ministry Conference focuses on Gospel-centered church

SHAWNEE—More than 200 pastors, staff and lay leaders were led to focus on “The Gospel Centered Church” at the Missional Ministry Conference (MMC), March 24-25 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Speakers, including keynote guest Micah Fries, senior pastor of St. Joseph, Mo., Frederick Boulevard, drew from the theme Scripture of 2 Tim. 1: 8-12: “So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me His prisoner. Rather, join with...

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