Oct 2, 2014
How much difference can one mission trip make in a person’s life?
Just ask Peter Vega Jr.
When he went on his first mission trip to Western Cuba in November 2011, Vega had no idea that God would use that short-term excursion to lead him on an unimaginable spiritual journey in the coming days.
Sep 30, 2014
ORLANDO (FBW)—Since 1948, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission has been dedicated to helping the homeless and needy find the path to self-sufficiency while at the same time leading them to salvation through Jesus Christ.
The success stories are as many as they are varied.
Sep 29, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—In an increasingly litigious society, even the church is not safe.
Churches are attractive targets, as people think they have a better opportunity for financial gain by suing an organization rather than an individual.
Sep 29, 2014
MIAMI (FBW)—Women and men clad in shorts, running shoes and T-shirts sit catching their breath under the shade of a tree while sweat rolls down their foreheads and their hair clings to their damp necks.
Even so, they are focused on the man who stands before them reading from the Bible. Welcome to another Pulse Miami Fitness Saturday.
Sep 28, 2014
PENSACOLA (FBW)—When members of West Pensacola Baptist Church decided to begin feeding the hungry and homeless, they looked first to the neighborhoods around their church. The ministry that grew out of their concern is the Westside Community Partnership that throws block parties for its neighbors.
Church members Tom and Sheila Edwards began the ministry after hearing of other churches feeding the homeless.
Sep 27, 2014
MIAMI (FBW)—Every weekend, 830 children in Dade County have food to eat because Christ Fellowship in Miami sent it home with them from school. Children find easy-to-prepare food in backpacks stuffed by concerned volunteers.
The 830 students are only a fraction of the estimated 30,000 hungry children in South Florida, according to Christ Fellowship ministry leaders.
Sep 26, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—A $28.8 million Cooperative Program budget goal for 2015 that is expected to hasten the Convention reaching a 50-50 division of CP funds between Southern Baptist and Florida Baptist causes a year earlier was approved by the State Board of Missions during its quarterly meeting Sept. 19 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.
Board actions were nearly overshadowed, however, by the announcement that state executive John Sullivan will retire next February. After his retirement was approved, Board President Marvin Pittman announced the appointment of a nine-member Executive Director-Treasurer Search Committee and an Executive Director-Treasurer Recognition Committee.
Sep 25, 2014
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Sep 25, 2014
Five years ago, Byron Brown, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Mary Esther, started to experience signs of burnout, but things came to a head a little over a year ago.
A combination of circumstances, both personally and in the life of his church, seemed to “cave in at the same time.” He began to worry about what people thought and how they would react.
Sep 24, 2014
Church will celebrate 125th anniversary at October homecoming
BRISTOL (BP)—The botanically rich town of Bristol—halfway between Tallahassee and Panama City in the Florida Panhandle—is at least 40 miles from the nearest high-rise urban environment. It’s a peaceful community with limited shopping; local employment largely tied to city and county governments, a school system and correctional facility; and a volunteer fire department.
Lake Mystic Baptist Church, the oldest Southern Baptist church in or near Bristol, will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a homecoming in October reflecting its commitment to both global missions and its community.