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After searching for hymn on baptism, 91-year-old preacher writes it himself
Jul18

After searching for hymn on baptism, 91-year-old preacher writes it himself

Although he was called to preach the Gospel, music has always been a powerful force in Ralph Crawford’s life. A music minister’s dream to work with, Crawford, now 91, always said when the music portion of a worship service ran long, “I’m the variable here. We need that good music.” And he was a master at fitting his remarks into the time allotted to him. Crawford, who served as pastor of Oklahoma City, Olivet for 25 years, often said...

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Former missionaries loved on at Falls Creek
Mar18

Former missionaries loved on at Falls Creek

DAVIS—More than 30 former International Mission Board (IMB) appointees who have settled in Oklahoma received “royal” treatment March 4-5 during a special retreat held in their honor at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. The retirees, who are among 983 missionaries who accepted a Voluntary Retirement Incentive, are fluent in more than a dozen languages. But the words spoken at the retreat were in the language of love, and no...

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Devil takes hit at SEC women’s session
Feb02

Devil takes hit at SEC women’s session

DEL CITY—Rachael Jackson, a former Apache helicopter pilot, told participants at the Women’s Session of the State Evangelism Conference, that the Apache “shoots big guns.” But each of the three speakers at the annual event at Del City, First Southern Jan. 26, had their own “big guns” aimed straight at the devil. Jackson told the more than 300 women that their greatest weapon against the devil is their testimony. “When you share your...

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Symposium highlights help for PTSD sufferers
Nov17

Symposium highlights help for PTSD sufferers

A soldier may see a bag on the side of the road. A missionary may hear a gunshot from a vacationing hunter. For most people these would be normal events and would not cause a reaction. But for the soldier who has seen a bomb go off from a similar bag, or the missionary who has seen a fellow colleague downed by gunfire, these incidents remain a part of their lives as many of them develop something called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder...

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Missionaries enjoy testimony, fellowship
Nov17

Missionaries enjoy testimony, fellowship

Stories about an encounter with an alligator and wall-to-wall Filipinos put current and retired missionaries in a laughing mood during the Missions Celebration Dinner at Oklahoma City, Southern Hills Nov. 9 before the opening session of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) annual meeting. Gayla Parker, former missionary to the Philippines and women’s specialist for the Maryland/Delaware Convention, who is now executive...

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