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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The future of the persecuted church in China will be “darker before it becomes brighter,” Bob Fu, president of China Aid Association, told Baptist Press as the Olympics drew to a close in Beijing.
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Less than 24 hours after Hurricane Ike pounded Texas Gulf Coast towns with Category 2 storm-force winds, Florida Baptist disaster relief workers arrived in Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 14, awaiting their assignment to the ravaged area.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (FBC)—”I have seen a lot of heartache in Haiti. It is hard here even in good times but today we saw the worst,” said Craig Culbreth Sept. 11 from Haiti as he oversaw Florida Baptists’ second distribution of rice to this desperate nation.
GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)—Hurricane Ike recovery is underway with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers clearing trees and debris in the piney woods of East Texas, but the physical damage to churches along the Gulf Coast was harder to assess early Monday with the Galveston and Bay City areas near Houston without electricity and phone service.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH (FBW)—When Randy and Paula Crowe evacuated the Bahama Islands ahead of Hurricane Ike, they flew their newly-purchased 30-year-old private plane to New Smyrna Beach, where he had previously served nine years as pastor of First Baptist Church.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—A Southern Baptist disaster assessment team will enter Cuba the week of Sept. 15 to consult with local Baptist partners about relief efforts needed in the wake of two hurricanes striking the island nation.
SAN DIEGO (FBW)—See You at the Pole (SYATP), a student-initiated and student-led movement that started in the Fort Worth suburb of Burleson, Texas, in 1990, this year is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 24 at schools throughout the United States and in many other countries.
In America, our youth day of prayer is set for Wed., Sept. 24, 2008, at 7 a.m. On that day, our children will gather around the flagpoles outside their schools across the cities of our nation to pray and affirm their belief in God as their highest authority and their most trustworthy leader and guide.
BEIJING (BP)—Yu Jie will quickly tell you that the Ark Church in Beijing is not underground.
BEIJING (BP)—American visitors to China have something on their side that their Chinese brothers and sisters don’t have in the task of proclaiming the Gospel: They’re from an intriguing, prosperous nation half a globe away.
FORT MYERS (FBC)—Nominations for the Clyde Maguire Minister’s Wife Award are being sought by the officers of the Florida Baptist Ministers’ Wives Conference to present during their annual gathering, Nov. 11 in Lakeland.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)—Dellanna West O’Brien, the first international missionary to serve as executive director/ treasurer of Woman’s Missionary Union, died Sun., Sept. 7, in Frisco, Texas. She was 75.