Let me continue to encourage you to be in Atlanta the end of the month for the New Baptist Covenant meeting. There has never been a meeting like this one promises to be. There will be people from every background, every part of North America, with many different experiences to share out of their own Baptist heritage.
We will be blessed and encouraged by other Baptists and we will be blessing and affirmation to others. When could there ever have been a time when this many different kinds of Baptist people: ministers, lay leaders, ordinary Baptist church members…could be gathered in one place for three days?
Some very generous people have provided special gifts so that we could take care of our staff”s expenses as they have been involved in preparation for this meeting and in attending. There has been enough given so that I can offer to any of you who will work to get members of your church to attend a stipend to help with expenses. I have $350 available, on a limited basis, first come first served, to help several pastors or lay leaders get some people together for the trip to Atlanta.
If you will let Myla McClinton, my executive assistant, or me know of your interest we can provide a form you can use to request this help in defraying your expenses. Many of you could enlist another couple or two and drive to Atlanta and the $350 would pay for your meals or maybe most of the gasoline.
I want you to have the opportunity to rub shoulders with other Baptists who care as you do that Jesus’ words come to life in Texas and throughout America. Hear him again: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
I want to be part of this and I encourage you to be there, too.
Don Blackley is helping with the music. Ellis Orozco, George Mason and Joel Gregory are three of our Texas pastors and preachers who will be speaking. There are other Texans involved in a variety of venues. Don’t miss it if you can.