The sound filled the air of the small sanctuary. The melody rose and fell, reverberating off of the cement floor and the wooden pews. One voice sang in Portuguese while the other resounded in English - two languages simultaneously bringing the same praise before the Lord, like a tapestry woven with two different fabrics.
On a beautiful spring morning, Clifton Dawkins stands over an open grave administering last rites to one of four individuals he never knew. It is April 28, the morning following a night of horrific storms that rolled across the South.
"A Great Commission People with a Great Commandment Heart" will provide the focus for a June 14-15 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix that will be more compact and offer more opportunities for fellowship.
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, recognized as an official ethnic and language ministry of the North American Mission Board, will meet June 10-11 in Phoenix to discuss spiritual warfare and gain encouragement for the task of reaching Jews with the Gospel.
The Fellowship of Native American Christians (FoNAC), scheduled to meet June 13 in Phoenix, will discuss the need for an executive director and a regional liaison network with Indian churches in state conventions, according to Emerson Falls, president of the Southern Baptist ethnic fellowship.
On March 7, 2010 First Baptist Church of Colquitt had a groundbreaking ceremony for a new worship center. Thirteen months later the church held worship services in their beautiful and well-appointed facility with 495 in attendance.
The National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention has modified its annual meeting to coordinate with the schedule and emphasis surrounding this year's SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.
NAMB's "historic overhaul" first rolled out at the agency's February board meeting gained momentum at its May 11 board meeting as President Kevin Ezell continued to flesh out the skeleton of the revamped missions entity.
Southern Baptist Convention president Bryant Wright and his Order of Business Committee have carefully crafted this year's annual meeting in Phoenix to reflect his passion for fulfilling the Great Commission.
Messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention are invited to a Sunday morning worship service sponsored by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists June 12 at 9 a.m. in the Valley of the Sun Ballroom at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
With 600 church planters of African-American heritage added to the rolls of the Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network last year, the network's annual meeting this year will focus on how the organization encourages its members professionally and personally.
Tom Jones of Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta and Herman Parker, pastor of First Baptist Bremen, have been named by SBC President Bryant Wright to serve on the Credentials Committee for the June 14-15 annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.
Senior Pastor Darrell Henry of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga, and Michael Bass, senior pastor of Greenwood Baptist Church in Valdosta, have been appointed to the Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Committees by SBC President Bryant Wright.