The devastating earthquake that shook Haiti Jan. 12 has claimed the life of a leading Haitian Baptist pastor in Port-au-Prince, according to reports received from the vice president of the Baptist Convention of Haiti.
At the onset of his missionary career, pastor Luis Rodríguez and his wife, Lourdes Santiago, were dismayed at the lack of commitment from church members at the church they'd planted in Coamo, Puerto Rico. However, this apathy did not hamper the efforts of these Southern Baptists. Besides, from God's divine perspective, this was only the beginning.
Tim Rhodes is used to the slow-paced lifestyle of small-town Toccoa and the north Georgia mountains. His wife, Beth, is slightly more adjusted to city living, having lived in Snellville, an Atlanta suburb, for several years.
"It's a miracle from God," exclaimed Joel Trimble, a Haiti for Christ missionary on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince after two truckloads of food, water, fuel, and medical supplies arrived in his driveway Sunday evening, Jan. 17, thanks to the perseverance of a Mississippi Baptist pastor.
As Southern Baptist disaster relief officials were heading to Haiti Jan. 19 to assess needs, International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries in neighboring Dominican Republic were providing immediate relief supplies, medical aid, and spiritual counseling to survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti the week before.
Shortly after the first images of the destruction of Haiti began to emerge, many immediately wanted to aid in the relief effort. But Stuart Lang, Georgia Baptist state director for disaster relief, offers a word of caution.
Christian retailers, long besieged by the lower prices available through big-box stores and online retailers, have asked the Department of Justice to investigate what they call "illegal, predatory pricing" by Amazon.com, Target, and Wal-Mart.
The chapel at the North American Mission Board was filled to capacity Jan. 14 with NAMB staff, Southern Baptist evangelists, and families and friends of the evangelists. The occasion for the gathering was the much-anticipated dedication of the "Evangelists Hall of Faith."
Midwestern Seminary leaders are in the midst of planning the construction of a new chapel complex – one of the largest projects in MBTS history encompassing a welcome center, increasing chapel capacity to more than 1,000 seats and creating additional classroom space.
The Conference of Georgia Baptist Evangelists (COGBE) met for their annual retreat in Norcross Jan. 8-9. Despite the wintry cold and hazardous highway conditions almost 60 of the GBC's finest vocational evangelists met for a time of fellowship and inspiration.
The wooden box, not quite big enough to hold a pair of shoes, sits on the reception desk, just inside the Sherwood YMCA. Once a day, Roger Button empties the box, finds a quiet place to sit and prays over the slips of paper he finds inside:
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to the time Jesus lived in the area, making it the only known structure to portray what His home may have looked like.
The images streaming in from Haiti look like scenes from Dante's Inferno. In many ways, Haiti has almost ceased to exist.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published January 28, 2010
Recently, one of our fine pastors, Jerry Speer, concluded his service as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention. In his parting remarks, he made some wonderful and challenging statements that blessed and inspired me, and I felt it would encourage you to read them. I asked Jerry to write out those remarks so that I could share them with you through this column. He was kind to do so.