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A Grand Opening: CrossTimbers adds four summer sessions at Grand Lake Baptist Assembly
Jul05

A Grand Opening: CrossTimbers adds four summer sessions at Grand Lake Baptist Assembly

GROVE—A sign of a successful operation can be expansion. That is what CrossTimbers Children’s Mission Adventure Camp is experiencing this summer. Since CrossTimbers has been located in Davis, more and more churches have been bringing 3rd-6th graders to participate in a four-day session of fun experiences that involve mission lessons, Bible study and Gospel presentations. The encampment near Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center has...

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Sudan Christians: ‘Only Jesus can bring true peace’
Jul01

Sudan Christians: ‘Only Jesus can bring true peace’

KHARTOUM, Sudan (BP) — Nationwide civilian protests for democracy resumed Sunday (June 30) in Sudan, where democratic rule could decrease Christian persecution under Sharia law. Eight people were killed and about 200 were injured as tens of thousands protested to establish civilian rule, according to reports from the Associated Press and the New York Times, citing estimates from Sudan’s Ministry of Health and the Central...

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2019 human trafficking report: U.S. has work to do
Jun29

2019 human trafficking report: U.S. has work to do

WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. is among 33 top countries fighting human trafficking but falls short in prosecuting traffickers, aiding victims and tackling forced labor in particular, the U.S. State Department said in its latest report. Faith communities can help countries address human trafficking, which currently victimizes an estimated 25 million adults and children worldwide in sex trafficking and forced labor, U.S....

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Oklahoma Baptist DR continues to share help, hope across the state
Jun27

Oklahoma Baptist DR continues to share help, hope across the state

Even as the 2019 spring season in Oklahoma has brought disaster and destruction, Oklahoma Baptists have stepped forward to share the light and hope of Jesus with those who have faced loss. Don Williams, state director of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR), has been encouraged to see Oklahoma Baptists coming together to “prepare meals, mud-out homes, provide shower and laundry services, and more, all while sharing the Gospel.”...

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A ‘kind and caring’ Oklahoma Baptist leader, Hawkins dies at 83
Jun26

A ‘kind and caring’ Oklahoma Baptist leader, Hawkins dies at 83

He once joked that he was “bookkeeper” for 1,650 Oklahoma Southern Baptist churches. William “Marlin” Hawkins, 83, died Friday, June 21. Funeral services were June 25 at Bethany, Council Road. Hawkins served Oklahoma Baptist life in many roles, but his most notable position was controller for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), while working at the Baptist Building for 25 years. The Dill City native worked for three...

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Sutherland Springs finds healing through VBS
Jun26

Sutherland Springs finds healing through VBS

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) — When First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs kicked off their annual Vacation Bible School the week of June 3, it looked profoundly different from two years ago. On Nov. 5, 2017, a gunman entered their sanctuary, opened fire, and took the lives of 26 people. Several of those who lost their lives were instrumental in the VBS ministry of the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. “VBS takes...

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