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Crafted by God: Late Oklahoma Baptist missionary is genius behind WorldCrafts
Dec07

Crafted by God: Late Oklahoma Baptist missionary is genius behind WorldCrafts

As women gathered in Betty Butcher’s stilt house in Bangkla, Thailand in the 1980s, they could not imagine the simple sewing practice Butcher was teaching them would grow into a modern-day worldwide business that helps hundreds of people lift themselves from the throes of poverty. Butcher and her husband, Orby, a medical doctor, served 22 years as International Mission Board missionaries in Thailand. While Butcher was searching for a...

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Angel Tree delivers comfort and joy to forgotten families
Dec04

Angel Tree delivers comfort and joy to forgotten families

MCALESTER—Each year as Christmas nears, trees with angel ornaments displaying children’s names fill church foyers and halls in many Oklahoma Baptist churches. These trees are Angel Trees. Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship, founded in 1982, that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. In most cases, local church volunteers purchase and deliver gifts and the Gospel to children...

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Hidden Harvest Helps: Reaching different people groups
Dec03

Hidden Harvest Helps: Reaching different people groups

Anthony Jordan emphasized the importance of churches connecting with the people who live in their area in his Annual Meeting address, Nov. 13, as the executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). He specifically addressed the concern of churches located in transitional neighborhoods. “Many of our churches in transitional neighborhoods are dying because they are unwilling to transition,” he said....

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Standing for life: Church resources offered for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 21)
Nov30

Standing for life: Church resources offered for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 21)

In the last year, Oklahoma has seen a sudden rise in the number of abortion facilities, going from two to four, with a fifth scheduled to open soon. Oklahoma Baptist pastors, however, are not taking this devastating news laying down, as many continue to speak up for the unborn, as the 2018 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SHLS) draws near. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Committee (ERLC) of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma,...

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Former DOM miraculously healed of mysterious disease
Nov27

Former DOM miraculously healed of mysterious disease

MIAMI—Wayne Wall has a testimony that begins with tragedy, has a blurry middle and ends in a victorious miracle in the Lord’s name. In June of 2012, Wall was called as the Director of Missions (DOM) for Northeastern Association (NEBA) in Grove. NEBA is made up of 50 churches in Ottawa and Delaware counties and Grand Lake Baptist Assembly, the associational campground. Also in NEBA is the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) building at...

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Strengthen: Make the most of Christmas
Nov26

Strengthen: Make the most of Christmas

You probably grow weary of the cliché, but it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Regardless of whether you think it is the most wonderful time of the year or not, the reality is Christmas is just around the corner. That means that your church’s celebration of Christmas is just around the corner, as well. Over the next few weeks, churches of all sizes and settings will be celebrating the birth of Christ in a wide variety of...

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