I hope you are enjoying your first weekend after Labor Day. Remember you’re no longer allowed to wear white—or something like that.

Thanks for reading. As part of the six timely topics, three of them focus on videos that came out last month promoting this year’s Edna McMillan State Missions Offering. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Saying nope to Yelp

I’m disappointed with the Yelp website. I would encourage you to never use it for any reviews of anything, especially because they are not honest.

Yelp apparently is in cahoots with the abortion industry and wants to disgrace the fantastic work of pregnancy centers that promote the Sanctity of Human Life.

According to Baptist Press, Yelp “announced Aug. 23 it would add a ‘consumer notice’ for pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) to differentiate them from abortion clinics. Yelp’s new ‘consumer notice’ says: ‘This is a Crisis Pregnancy Center. Crisis Pregnancy Centers typically provide limited medical services and may not have licensed medical professionals onsite.’”

This is a boldface lie, especially if this is to be applied to all pregnancy centers. I can assure you, from my experience as a volunteer with Hope Pregnancy Center, medical professionals are employed. As far as “limited” medical services, pregnancy center provide as much if not more medical services than abortion clinics. And from reports I have been told and even what I have experienced, pregnancy centers offer much more support than abortion clinics.

Please consider no longer using Yelp. If you have their app on your phone, delete it.

  1. Speaking of pregnancy centers

Just weeks before the Supreme Court ruling that led to overturning Roe v. Wade, a pregnancy center in Buffalo, N.Y. was attacked and vandalized. It was one of many across the country that have been attacked in recent days.

Favorite writer Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra shares an inspiring story involving this Buffalo pregnancy center and the encouraging work that has developed in a post-Roe America.

Check out “How a firebombed pregnancy center is changing the post-Roe landscape.”

  1. Want to read about the Oklahoma Panhandle?

I love this article’s title! “The Oklahoma Panhandle: Flat out fun”

This article is the kind I enjoy reading—about unique places either to visit or to learn about. One thing is for sure, the Oklahoma Panhandle is unique. Whether you want to visit or to learn about it is up to you.

Major props to Jordan Green of The Saturday Evening Post for writing this enjoyable read. Also a hat tip to my friend Julie McGowan, a Panhandle native, who shared a link to the article.

I enjoyed the article so much I’ve read it twice!

  1. SMO helps African American churches

I love this video. One reason is it features my friend “Prophet.” An update on Oklahoma City, Western Avenue, they are in view of a call for a new pastor, so that is exciting progress. Yes, I love seeing churches that face the possibility of disbanding only to overcome and begin to grow and impact communities.

That’s happening at Western Avenue, and Oklahoma Baptist have a part in this church’s growth.

  1. SMO helps grow Deaf ministry



Yes, the Deaf appear to be a neglected people group when it comes to sharing the Gospel. This is an encouraging video when you see what steps can be made and have been made to not only make the Gospel known to Deaf people, but also seeing Oklahoma Baptists having an impact on getting the Deaf involved in churches.

  1. SMO reaches Afghan refugees

This video tells a powerful story that happened a year ago in Afghanistan. I still get chills of hearing the story told of a group of Christians who probably should be dead but not only avoided an exploding bomb but also found a way out of the country.

Oklahoma Baptists have been able to provide support for these people who faced terror but then found the love of Jesus.