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DR TEaM Center dream becoming reality
Mar13

DR TEaM Center dream becoming reality

Almost 44 years after the birth of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s (BGCO) disaster relief (DR) ministry in 1973, DR Director Sam Porter’s dream of an all-encompassing training, equipping and mobilization (TEaM) center is nearing reality on a windy hill about eight miles southeast of Okarche. Porter, who became the BGCO’s DR director in 1998, expects the TEaM Center to be functional soon, thanks to a successful fund...

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Faith turns uncertain future into ostomy resource center
Feb26

Faith turns uncertain future into ostomy resource center

Almost three years ago—in March 2014—Debi K. Fox faced an uncertain future when surgeons told her that they had been forced to remove her large intestine and the majority of her small intestine as the result of ulcerative colitis to save her life. “I didn’t have a choice, of course, whether or not to have the surgery,” Fox said recently while stirring a large pot of boiling water containing lasagna noodles as she helped prepare the...

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Greater meaning for Great Commission found in Canada
Dec10

Greater meaning for Great Commission found in Canada

David and Brenda Ross have taught a young adult Sunday School class at Broken Arrow, First for five years and, like many Southern Baptists, felt like they were fairly involved in their local church and in tune with the imperative set forth in Matt. 28:19 for believers to share the Gospel. However, David says their recent service as chaplains in Fort McMurray, Alberta really opened his eyes to the importance of the Great Commission....

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BGCO chaplaincy program celebrates 30 years
Dec01

BGCO chaplaincy program celebrates 30 years

While the development of chaplain ministry has its roots in ancient history—as spiritual leaders provided encouragement and compassionate care to people who were constantly in crisis—the word “chaplain” originated in fourth century France. A traditional story relates the compassion of St. Martin of Tour, who, on one cold and wet night, was so moved by compassion for a beggar, he shared his cloak with him. Upon St. Martin’s death, his...

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BGCO honors Williams with gift to OJPM
Nov07

BGCO honors Williams with gift to OJPM

Oklahoma Baptist chaplaincy program founder Joe Williams has been recognized for his significant and long-lasting contributions to the ministry he helped forge with a contribution in his name to the Oklahoma Jail and Prison Ministry. On Nov. 1, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) Executive Director-Treasurer Anthony L. Jordan and BGCO Chaplaincy Specialist Don Williams (No relation) met with Williams in his home in Choctaw...

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