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EDITOR’S NOTE: The volunteers identified in this story left China Aug. 15 and some of them have future plans to do mission work in other sensitive locations. For security purposes, Baptist Press is using only their first names or pseudonyms.
TAMPA (FBC)—Attending camp at the Tampa Bay Conference Center changed Shurrain Holley’s life forever. “This is where I felt called to ministry as a child and reaffirmed that call as a teenager,” the children’s minister explained.
MIAMI (FBC)—It is more than a love of children and the call to share their Christian faith that brings Florida Baptist college students to two urban counties in South Florida each summer. They go to encourage and bolster the work of churches in the state they love, making Florida their mission field.
FORT LAUDERDALE (FBC)—Across South Florida, immigrants live in dire straits and need. After escaping rampant hunger, abject poverty and sometimes even political and religious persecution in their homelands, they have found a new home in America. Yet they have little hope when unexpected expenses turn their lives upside down. Without help, they go hungry; they go without health care; they go without medication. They turn to the church for compassion.
BRANDON (FBW)-Simeon Nix, 47, pastor of music and worship at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, passed away Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack at his home Aug. 16.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida Baptists were readying for Tropical Storm Fay Mon. Aug. 18 as she continued to shift course in the Florida straits.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Florida’s sagging economy and sluggish giving has precipitated a one percent drop in the Florida Baptist State Convention’s proposed 2009 Cooperative Program budget.
BRANDON (FBW)—George Thomasson says the “main thing” for Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon is reaching his Brandon community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ—and he sees no conflict with that in the church’s hosting of a forum to expose members and the community to political candidates.
ORLANDO (FBW)—Two Southern Baptists—one a lifelong layman, the other a pastor-turned politician—played prominent roles in Christian Coalition of Florida’s annual “God & Country” awards dinner Aug. 16 in Orlando.
COCOA BEACH (FBW)—Few Florida Baptists could have forgotten the haunting image of a steeple piercing the roof of an east-coast church after Hurricane Frances in 2004.
BEIJING (BP)—Ever since she was 9 years old, Barb Sturges wanted to live in China.
BEIJING (BP)—In all likelihood, Matt LaPorta will have a standout career in professional baseball.