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Issue Date: 2011-04-07
Volume: 190
Number: 7


GBC Japanese churches join in cleanup, recovery effort

Two Georgia Baptist Convention Japanese congregations are doing their part in assisting others in their homeland recovering from a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Nebraska's Doug Lee: sharing Christ, planting churches in the heartland

There are local Southern Baptist associations and then there is Oregon Trail Baptist Association in Nebraska, where missionary Doug Lee works to plant new churches.
NAMB commissions 81 new missionaries
The North American Mission Board commissioned 81 new missionaries and chaplains at a commissioning service attended by some 800 people at First Baptist Church in Brandon, Fla., on March 20.
Missionary family bonds with neighbors

Donna Qualls is just happy to be alive.
Three brave testimonies

It is springtime and baseball is in the air. Atlanta Braves fans have now turned their eyes toward the diamond at Turner Field and a hometown team with a real chance of getting back in the playoffs.
IMB appoints 67 new missionaries

It was a secret Ishaq* held close for 13 years - one that caught journeyman missionary Craig Evans* by surprise when the young man revealed it.
Japan missionaries relocate, vow to return

Suitcases and backpacks sit neatly lined up, waiting to be loaded in the vans. International Mission Board missionaries in Tokyo shuffled nervously and made jokes in an effort to cope with their relocation orders.
What Buddy's Bible says
Slain police officer was Hull Baptist Church deacon, leader

It's a practice Pastor Randy Crowe of Hull Baptist Church doesn't like, but it often gives him comfort.
Coming: Hank Parker and Friends Outdoor Spectacular

Someone once said, "A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work."
Full face transplant recipient given self-described 'miracle'

A burn victim whose face was badly marred in an accident suffered while painting a Baptist church in Texas has become the first person in the United States to undergo a full face transplant.
U.S. pastor prays for revival in homeland

Japan has always been Yugo Kobari's home away from home. He grew up there. Once or twice a year he visits family, most of whom live there. He also has early memories of long bike rides not far from the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan.
Would you pay to see John the Baptist's tooth?

Martina Bagnoli admits that the exhibit she helps curate here at The Walters Art Museum may gross some people out.
Elliff sees IMB role in strengthening CP

Without Cooperative Program support, Southern Baptists would not have the International Mission Board, the largest evangelical mission entity in existence, Tom Elliff, the IMB's new president, said after his unanimous election by trustees March 16.
Follow in the train of those who have taken a stand for God

Through the years I have been encouraged and inspired by those who have risen to the challenge and taken a stand for righteousness, truth and God.
Amid quake damage, a baptism is celebrated
Excitement and happiness fill the air. Smiles and laughter abound and, for some, tears of joy.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Truett-McConnell introduces Great Commission minor
Truett-McConnell College faculty voted on March 1 to initiate a Great Commission minor. Beginning this fall, incoming students will be required to take the classes outlined in the new minor and current students will have the option of taking the classes.

Religious Newsbriefs

Pakistani churches mourn assassinated Christian minister
Christian schools across Pakistan shut down March 3 for a three-day protest of the assassination of the country's Minister for Religious Minorities.
Court says religious knowledge test improper in asylum case
A Chinese Christian should be given another chance at asylum after an immigration judge thought the man couldn't answer "basic questions" about Christianity, a federal appeals court has ruled.
1,500-year-old church found in Israel
Israeli archaeologists announced they have been excavating a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church building in the hills southwest of Jerusalem.
Bishops strip the Bible of its 'booty'
Catholic bishops have kicked the "booty" out of the Bible.

People and Places

Halls celebrate 50 years of ministry together
Doll ministry part of missions at Pinecrest
Revival Report
Ministerial Moves
Easter Events

Cooperative Program Stories

Women's Ministry Leaders: Connecting, renewing, refreshing at Selah

A young, brand-new women's ministry leader walks through the front doors of Pinnacle Retreat Center and says: "I don't know why I'm here!" A seasoned Bible study leader enters Still Waters lake house and confesses: "I almost didn't come!" In both instances, they are greeted with laughter from other women's ministry leaders who can remember the first time they came to Selah, a retreat for women's ministry leaders.

Bible Study

Balance Comfort - Give Comfort

2 Cor. 1:1-11
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 3
Encounter the Risen Lord

Ps. 31:7-10, 14-16, 21-24
Bible Studies for Life, Apr 10


Financial secrets can dissolve couples' trust

Gov. Deal working to save Georgia's 'Prized Jewel'

Georgia's gambling business is headed toward bankruptcy. Governor Nathan Deal recently stated, "Facing bankruptcy of the lottery program in 2013, I worked closely with members of the General Assembly to save Georgia's prized jewel, the HOPE scholarship, for the next generation of Georgians."
Just a word about Athens shooting

Our city and most of Northeast Georgia were rocked by the shooting March 22 of Athens Senior Police Officers Buddy Christian and Tony Howard and the death of Officer Christian.
The Open Door

During this Easter season, we focus upon the missionaries and the ministries of the North American Mission Board.