January 29, 2009 Print Edition

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Volunteers critical in medical missions

NALERIGU, Ghana (BP)—Villagers line up outside the Baptist Medical Centre in northern Ghana as soon as the sun peeks over the mountains of this mud-hut town.

$58 million offering a ‘miracle,’ Hammond says

TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP)—Despite last year’s economic downturn, Southern Baptists still contributed more than $58 million to the annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering in 2008—98 percent of the amount raised in the previous year’s campaign.

Gainesville citizens fight ‘gender identity’ law

GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Concerned that a year-old “gender identity” law will jeopardize the safety of women and girls in public restrooms, citizens in Gainesville have mounted a referendum campaign to overturn the ordinance in March 24 city elections.

Retirees leave legacies of ministry & relationships

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—”We are losing more than 70 years of Florida Baptist Convention experience that is irreplaceable,” said Bob Bumgarner in characterizing the retirement of three long-term Florida Baptist Convention employees.

Retiring discipleship leader appraises four decades of change, continued commitment to transforming

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Bill Carmichael arrived at the Florida Baptist Convention when the average cost of a new house was $23,450, the average annual income was $9,400, a gallon of gas cost 36 cents and six cents would buy a postage stamp.

Ninety-second video calls Florida Baptists to pray for nation during inaugural season

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)— Nearly 400 churches from at least 29 states have downloaded or received the 90-second video “A Call to Prayer for Our Nation,” to use in their worship services during this historic time in the life of the nation.

Collier County denies Bible distribution on Religious Freedom Day

NAPLES (FBW)—Collier County School District refused this year to allow the distribution of Bibles in its schools on Religious Freedom Day, Jan. 16, according to Orlando-based Liberty Counsel.

The First Baptist in America: Roger Williams

The earliest Baptists in America stemmed from a group of like-minded individuals who surrounded Roger Williams. It was on Feb. 5, 1631, that Roger Williams (1603-1683) and his wife sailed from Bristol on the ship Lyon and landed at Nantasket, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Thank God for this little bundle

LAKELAND (FBCH)—Last summer the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes received a call from a concerned father of a teenage girl who was experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. The man’s daughter had already decided to abort her unborn child. Understandably the girl was scared and concerned about her future plans for college and hopes of a professional career.

March for Life during inauguration week

WASHINGTON (BP)–President Obama reaffirmed his support for abortion rights on the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling Jan. 22, while tens of thousand of pro-life advocates gahtered in Wasington for the annual March for Life.

Florida Focus

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Research to aid ‘GPS’ strategy

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)—In advance support of the “God’s Plan for Sharing” evangelistic campaign set to roll out in 2010, the North American Mission Board is collaborating with LifeWay Research to research the most effective methods for sharing Christ with the people of North America.

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