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JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—With just days remaining before the general election, Florida Baptist congregations are joining churches across the Southern Baptist Convention to participate in a 40-day and 40-hour prayer vigil for spiritual revival and national renewal.
LAKELAND (FBCH)—The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is busy working to advance its new initiative of reaching abused, neglected and orphaned children in the developing world. A year ago the board of trustees of the Children’s Homes determined that it should offer its expertise in childcare not only in Florida, but also around the world in order to serve some of the neediest and most impoverished parts of the world.
Editor’s note: Florida Baptist Witness will be publishing a summary of the major party presidential candidates’ positions on significant issues in the Oct. 23 issue.
VOLTA REDONDA, Brazil (FBW)—Six central Florida Baptists joined forces with more than 100 from other states in a two-week effort to evangelize cities and towns in Brazil. The Floridians worked in the Volta Redonda and Vassouras areas northwest of Rio de Janeiro.
According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started 23 new churches in August and September, 2008. This brings the church-year-to-date total to 137 new churches: 67 language, 32, African-American and 38 Anglo congregations. The following is a listing of new churches by association:
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—After driving 2,400 miles round trip, toiling 10-to-12 hour days in the searing, arid and windy Texas heat for more than three weeks, a caravan of weary Florida Baptist disaster relief workers returned home Oct. 2, having provided sustenance and the Gospel in word and deed to hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast region.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptist volunteers injured while responding to hurricane relief needs in the Gulf Coast looked beyond their difficulties to encourage those that served with them.
WEST ROXBURY, Mass. (BP)—When Shady Bishay, a sales executive for a Boston high-tech firm and a native of Egypt, tells American friends he belongs to an Arabic evangelical Baptist church in West Roxbury, Mass., the information often doesn’t compute.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BP)—Yusuf Mohamed* will never forget the moment God broke him.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)—A Southern Baptist family in Alabama hosted two unruly British teens for a week as part of a BBC reality show “World’s Strictest Parents,” and the family gave a positive portrayal of a Christian approach to child rearing.
ORLANDO (FBW)–Ray Boltz was one of the shining lights of contemporary Christian music.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—For the next several weeks, the Witness will periodically run Baptist Press stories which will focus on one specific issue and detail where the two major presidential candidates stand. Called “In Their Own Words,” the stories will avoid commentary and instead present the candidates’ views as they have stated them in the past—either in interviews, speeches, debates or on their campaign websites. Among the topics that will be covered are abortion, the definition of marriage and gay rights, Supreme Court nominees, Darfur, the energy crisis, the environment, Iraq, immigration and taxes.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)—A proposed constitutional marriage amendment in California has taken a lead in a new statewide poll, days after supporters of the proposal began airing their first statewide television ad.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The Southern Baptist Convention finished its Oct. 1-Sept. 30 fiscal year 1.89 percent ahead of budget, but Cooperative Program receipts for the year were down .65 percent and combined giving for the year was down .87 percent, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.
HARTFORD, Conn. (BP)—Connecticut became the third state in the nation to legalize “gay marriage” Oct. 10 when its Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated ruling declaring that homosexual couples are guaranteed the right to “marry” under the state constitution.