November 13, 2008 Print Edition

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Obama gains historic win; conservatives watch & wait

WASHINGTON (BP)—Democrat Barack Obama made history Nov. 4 by becoming the first African American elected to the U.S. presidency, but the victory left many evangelical Christians and other social conservatives concerned his administration will undermine pro-life and pro-family policies.

Ervin McWilson first African American DOM in Florida

CLEARWATER (FBW)—Ervin McWilson, a 59-year-old native of Pensacola, is the first African American to serve as a director of missions of an association of Baptist churches in Florida. He told Florida Baptist Witness he is “honored to be a pacesetter.” McWilson took the helm of Suncoast Baptist Association this past summer, leaving a five-year stint serving as director of evangelism of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/ South Jersey, a diverse region with a population of over 15 million.

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Peru’s Amara know, but don’t believe

HUANCANE, Peru (BP)—On a mountaintop overlooking the adobe homes of Huancane, Peru, Juan Mamani poured beer at the base of a six-foot cross bearing the image of Jesus’ crucified body.

Over 55 crowd not ready to be ‘senior adults’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (LWCR)—Ministry to boomers and young adults must change if these generational groups are going to be reached for Christ, according to information learned from studies conducted by LifeWay Research and shared at the Oct. 20-22 Adult Ministry Institute.

Massive cross ‘draws people’ to First Baptist Central Florida

ORLANDO (FBW)—The motto of First Baptist Church in Central Florida is “where the Cross in central.” Though the phrase was used only figuratively in the past, a stately cross now—visible for miles—literally stands in the center of the church’s Orlando property.

Florida Baptists help Baltimore church reach art community

BALTIMORE (FBW)—In an art gallery and cafe; in Baltimore, the congregants of the Light Church celebrated its one-year anniversary Oct. 10 with a public art show. Reaching that artistic community in Baltimore, the intentional church is strategically located in the center of Baltimore’s arts and entertainment district.

First Baptist Brandon recycles 50-year-old structures for athletic facility

BRANDON (FBW)—When leaders at First Baptist Church in Brandon began planning the church’s Ministry and Activities Center (MAC), they decided to build not only a new facility, but also to merge the new with the old.

FBCH recognizes churches for Mother’s Day offering

LAKELAND (FBCH)—The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes recently recognized the top ten giving churches to its annual Mother’s Day Offering. In addition it also recognized the top ten associations with the highest percentage of churches participating as well as the top ten churches in per capita giving.

BCF students prepare caregiver packets for world vision

GRACEVILLE (BCF)—David Coggins, assistant professor of leadership and director of distance learning for The Baptist College of Florida, and Brianne Eure, Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) director at BCF have discovered a new venue of ministry for students and faculty.

Long-time educator Walter D. Draughon Jr. dies

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (FBC)—Long-time Florida Baptist educator Walter D. Draughon, Jr., who for three decades served as academic dean of the Baptist Bible Institute in Graceville, now The Baptist College of Florida, died Mon., Nov. 3, in Birmingham, Ala.

Collaborative ministry brings ‘hope in Christ’ to Homestead’s labor camp residents

HOMESTEAD (FBC)—Bearing gifts of hygiene kits, grocery gift cards and homemade dolls, Cuban immigrant Carlos Knapp knocked on the door of a cement block duplex indistinguishable from hundreds located along the narrow, maze-like roads in the South Dade Labor Camp.

South Florida youth plant seeds for congregations across the state

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)-Cheryl Hughes fights feelings of despair as she continues to battle pain from disabling injuries sustained in a car accident more than 30 years ago.

‘Yo no hablo Ingles,’ ‘I don’t speak English’ says Miami Association’s moderator

MIAMI (FBW)—Augusto Valverde is not the first Spanish-speaking pastor to serve as the moderator of sprawling Miami Baptist Association—but he is the first pastor who speaks only Spanish—and no English.

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