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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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Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem
Mar02

Drug abuse & addiction: How the church can respond to Oklahoma’s growing problem

Oklahoma tops the nation’s list of states for prescription opioid drug abuse. A higher percentage (five percent of the population) of Oklahomans, age 12 and older, abuse prescription painkillers more than in any other state. “Addiction remains a priority public health concern in Oklahoma,” states Carrie Slatton-Hodges from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “While the state has made efforts to...

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Rose-colored masses: Pro-Life faithful flock to 2017 Rose Day
Feb09

Rose-colored masses: Pro-Life faithful flock to 2017 Rose Day

Just days before millions of Americans send or receive bouquets of roses for Valentine’s Day, Oklahoma lawmakers received an abundant amount of long-stem red roses. These roses came courtesy of the pro-life faithful who flocked to the Oklahoma State Capitol for the annual Rose Day Rally. More than 1,000 Oklahomans took part in the 26th annual Rose Day event on Feb. 8 and focused on protecting unborn life. Beginning in the morning,...

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Churches prepare for Rose Day indoor rally at Capitol
Jan31

Churches prepare for Rose Day indoor rally at Capitol

On the heels of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 22), churches across Oklahoma are making plans to attend the 2017 Rose Day Pro-Life Indoor Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The Rose Day event, now in its 26th year, begins at 9:30 a.m. Christians and other pro-life Oklahomans are encouraged to participate by bringing red roses for the Oklahoma Governor, Lieutenant Governor, their respective State Senate...

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Church helps solve 4-day school week issue
Jan30

Church helps solve 4-day school week issue

INDIAHOMA—School districts are being creative in facing budget concerns in Oklahoma. According to state sources, more than 100 Oklahoma school districts last year considered observing four-day school weeks or recently made the switch. Indiahoma, located 31 miles west of Lawton, implemented the four-day format last fall. As a small community with a population of less than 400 people, parents faced the decision of what to do each...

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New Book: 100 years of  Falls Creek
Nov16

New Book: 100 years of Falls Creek

It has been called the “crown jewel of Oklahoma Baptists,” “the enchanted land of America,” “a giver of dreams,” “a mountaintop experience” and “one of Oklahoma’s most enduring traditions.” Falls Creek, undisputed as the largest Christian camp of its kind in the world, is a phenomenon that is hard to explain. Since the camp was founded in 1917, in the summer months alone, more than 2 million people have walked the 305-acre grounds in...

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