HLG commissions 80 for summer missions
HANNIBAL – Hannibal-LaGrange College (HLG) recently commissioned more than 80 faculty, staff, and students for summer missions all over the world. During the annual commissioning service April 18, students, faculty, and staff prayed with those preparing to serve this summer.
Volunteers from HLG will be traveling to a variety of countries, including Switzerland, Brazil, Africa, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Canada, London, and Venezuela. Others will be working in the United States, with students serving in Missouri, Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, Illinois, Alabama, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, North Carolina, Indiana, and Tennessee.
HLG seeks partnerships with missions organizations around the globe in order to utilize all of the resources possible. This summer, HLG students will be partnering with such organizations as the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, and the Missouri Baptist Convention, as well as local churches, as they endeavor to spread the love of God.
The guest speaker at the commissioning service was Rose Sims, a former HLG faculty member and author of “New Life for Dying Churches!” which won the worldwide award as best non-fiction by Christian Writers Fellowship International. Sims has been invited to speak and conduct a variety of seminars worldwide in many denominations.
For more information on HLG missions opportunities, contact the Carroll Missions Center at (573) 221-3675, ext. 150.
Revival leads to 34 saved in Birch Tree
BIRCH TREE—First Baptist Church here held a revival March 25-28 that resulted in 34 people coming to know Christ and 16 people rededicating their lives to Christ. Brady Weldon was the evangelist. Aaron Davis serves the church as pastor.
Humansville calls new senior pastor
HUMANSVILLE – First Baptist Church has called Charles “Dan” Good as its senior pastor. Good had served as interim since December 2006.
MBTS students sent out as new IMB missionaries
KANSAS CITY—Scott and Sherry Bennett, graduating seniors at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS), were appointed as missionaries at an International Mission Board (IMB) ceremony at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, May 9. They are headed for Puebla, Mexico.
They will graduate from Midwestern May 19 at Pleasant Valley. Scott will receive the Master of Divinity degree and Sherry will receive the Diploma for the Ministering Wife.
The Bennetts will serve as urban strategy coordinators. As such, they will train and lead a team of national church planters to plant multiple churches in Puebla. They will attend orientation in August 2007 and begin their first year on the field in October 2007 with language school in Costa Rica.
Hispanic youth rally draws 280 in Joplin
JOPLIN—A youth sport rally April 21 hosted by Iglesia Bautista Comunidad Cristiana de Joplin attracted around 280 Hispanics from churches in and around Joplin. Soccer, volleyball and baseball were the sports of choice.
In a worship service, a young man came forward to surrender his life to Jesus, according to Arturo Nunez, the host pastor and Hispanic pastor at Forest Park Baptist Church, Joplin. Dozens were touched by the Holy Spirit, Nunez said.
Southwest Baptist earns workplace distinction
BOLIVAR – The most recent issue of 417 Magazine ranked Southwest Baptist University as one of the top 20 “Best Places to Work in 417-land.”
According to the magazine’s May 2007 issue, SBU ranked among employers such as T-Mobile and Silver Dollar City. Each employer was ranked by employees regarding benefits, compensation, workplace amenities, schedules and other quality of life questions.
Second Baptist Church honors worship leaders
BOWLING GREEN – Staff members Joyce Burris, music minister, and Phyllis Lovell, accompanist, were both honored and thanked for their years of service during special services recently at Second Baptist Church.
Joyce Burris has been music minister at Second Baptist for 25 years. Among her many duties, she leads each worship service and prepares cantatas and special music events for the church. Phyllis Lovell has been the accompanist on both piano and organ for 29 years. She accompanies the choir each week and during the cantatas and special music events.
Disaster Relief teams head for New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. – Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief officials are asking for volunteers – trained and untrained – to answer the call to clean up flooded homes in New Hampshire.
Training will be provided onsite, but volunteers will need to bring their own rubber boots and gloves. There is equipment on site and disaster relief trailers do not need to be hauled to New Hampshire. Housing, food and showers will be provided at a local church.
For more information or to volunteer, call 1-800-736-6227 ext. 630 or 631.