The girls rise at 7 AM. After a quick and healthy breakfast, they head to the barn to saddle up their horses. As they work in teams of two, laughter and good-natured teasing can be heard throughout the barn. Once the horses are properly tacked, the girls split up – half begin their morning ride while the other half settle into a classroom to learn more about horse's anatomy, care and grooming, tact and its uses. They will switch places in about an hour. And that's just the beginning of their day. Before they call it a night at 9PM, they will have also: designed and created t-shirts, hiked some beautiful trails, gone swimming, participated in a watermelon eating contest, played Frisbee golf, held a corn-hole competition, competed in a hula-hoop contest, gone for a bike ride, held a group devotion and made s'mores by a camp fire.
Jamey Grover, program coordinator at Good Shepherd Therapeutic Center is one of our many talented staff who is making a difference. Jamey, an ordained minister, felt God's call to Good Shepherd 5 ½ years ago. His wife had attended a job fair for the Children's Home in Baxley. She shared with him that one of our ministries that "worked with horses" was hiring. Shortly after that, Jamey found himself working for Good Shepherd, our residential ministry for troubled adolescent boys through a unique farm-based treatment program.
I always love this edition of The Messenger. This is the issue where we recognize our graduates. Just like any other family, we are so proud when we see our children achieve this important milestone. But more than that – we know the obstacles they have overcome, the tenacity with which they have pursued their dreams, the determination they have demonstrated to succeed. It makes graduation that much sweeter. This year we continue to celebrate our theme "Mission: I'm Possible" because we want to rejoice in all of our children taking impossible situations and finding I'm Possible solutions!
If you are like me, these past few years of tough economic turmoil have made you take a closer look at your investments. As someone who works in finance, I understand the importance of investing wisely.
Georgia Baptists have a variety of heaven-directed passions and interests. Some are involved in disaster relief, others in world hunger, many direct their time and energy in the issues of personhood, while others express concern for the homeless, immigrants, or sexual exploitation.
A horrible traffic accident outside Dublin shuts down a highway and quickly brings the sheriff's department, a helicopter medical evacuation team, several EMTs, and a fire department team. The scene is one all too familiar on Georgia's roads – a pickup truck lies overturned in a ditch with the driver knocked unconscious as gasoline drips onto the engine.
If Matt Lawson is the prototypical church planter in the North American Mission Board's church planting movement NAMB President Kevin Ezell's goal of significantly reducing the lostness in North America could well become a reality in another decade.
In the June 26 issue of The Christian Index it was reported that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges (SACSCOC) removed the Brewton-Parker College's accreditation after meeting their criteria for nearly 50 years.
Acknowledging the recent vote by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to remove Brewton-Parker College from membership, leaders at the south Georgia Baptist college are calling on supporters to acknowledge the institution's importance.
Throughout this year, I have been urging Georgia Baptists to pray for spiritual renewal in our churches. During the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Baltimore last month, I was delighted to hear newly elected president Dr. Ronnie Floyd clearly state that his priority would be to lead our national convention to pray for spiritual renewal.
There are times when I wish I didn't serve Georgia Baptists through the Georgia Baptist Convention and this is one of them. Why? Because what I am about to write may be interpreted as self-serving or too subjective.