Archive for March, 2007

March 31 LifeCall prayer list

March 31, 2007

Please pray for these LifeCall Missions volunteers on their birthday today:

Tammy Burton
Area Preschool Trainer, Buna

Dick Cobb
Church Growth Strategist, Dallas

Hugh Elliott
Minister in Nursing Homes, Lubbock

Carolyn Hogg
River Ministry Consultant, Lamesa

Pat Patterson
Mission Director, San Antonio

March 30 LifeCall prayer list

March 30, 2007

Please pray for these LifeCall Missions volunteers on their birthday today:

Harry Campbell
Adult Ministries, Daingerfield

Dean Eastwood
Literacy Missions Consultant, Wichita Falls

Clifton Igo
Chaplain, Lamesa

Barbara Lee
Director of Grace House Transition Home, Kirby

Benjamin Ramsey
Regional Coordinator/NLJJM (R-2), Tom Bean

Being the hands and feet of Christ

March 29, 2007

2282-for-blog.jpgI love this picture from the University of North Texas Baptist Student Ministries. The students are comparing their rust-covered hands after sanding metal chairs during a mission trip to Mexico.

It reminds me that as Christians we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ wherever we are. Often that means getting our hands dirty.

You can read more about the UNT mission trip in a story written by one of the students. It is posted here.

March 29 LifeCall prayer list

March 29, 2007

Please pray for these LifeCall Missions volunteers on their birthday today:

Barbara Austin
Senior Adult Ministry and Outreach, New Braunfels

Donna Bigham
Missions Development Director, Mount Vernon, IL

Betty Ellerd
Director of Library Services, Tulia

Jack Rothwell
Camp Staff, Sinking Spring, PA

BGCT is…

March 28, 2007

Here are just a few ideas from Texas Baptists on this video of what the BGCT is:

Texas Baptist people commited where they are to sharing the Gospel and living out the Gospel in their own lives

Partners in ministry, missions, starting churches and strenghtening existing churches 

Family of people coming together to work for the Kingdom of God

Diverse churches

Cooperation of Texas Baptist churches

How would you complete this sentence?

BGCT is ______________

March 28 LifeCall prayer list

March 28, 2007

Please pray for these LifeCall Missions volunteers on their birthday today:

Benji Cole
Associate Pastor/Children & Youth, Cleburne

Myra Fitzwater
Director of Outreach and Missions, The Woodlands

Diana Puente
Pastoral Support, Texarkana

Missions is a lifestyle

March 27, 2007

I’m working on an article about the Baptist Student Ministries at Stephen F. Austin State University. The students there are known for their commitment to missions around the world. They serve through the BGCT’s student missions program. They serve during Christmas break. They serve during Spring Break. And they serve in their community between trips elsewhere.

Chris Sammons, director of the SFA BSM, says mission work transforms people’s lives. Trip-takers gain a larger picture of how God is working around the world, caring for each person. During our interview, he made two statements that are going to stick with me for some time. I want to share them here:

“We believe that our relationship with the Lord is ultimately about the transformation of life. We are convinced that what God does on mission trips is transform people from the inside out.”

“We’ve seen the results of students that have gone and come back not the same. They’ve seen how God loves people and transform lives.”

God uses mission efforts to expand His kingdom, but also to transform us from within.

March 27 LifeCall prayer list

March 27, 2007

Please pray for these LifeCall Missions volunteers on their birthday today:

Louise Bolt
Clerical Assistant, Leesburg

Elaine Cook
Missions Outreach, Minden. LA

Jo Ann Woodruff
Women’s Evangelism Outreach Ministry, Waco

March 26 LifeCall prayer list

March 26, 2007

Please pray for this LifeCall Missions volunteer on her birthday today:

Palma McElreath
Coordinator of Senior Adult Ministry, Andrews

Discovering SH 207

March 25, 2007

I had the privilege this weekend to attend the first ever Inpire! event in Plainview. Inspire! is a creative experience for Texas Baptists. It is designed to inform, equip, and send Texas Baptists inspired to new involvement in missions, evangelism, and ministry. Over one hundred Texas Baptists from the panhandle region participated in worship experiences and training sessions to expand their vision and sharpen their skills in ministry.

A bonus for me was the drive from Dallas to Plainview and back. Driving Texas this time of year is a special treat for me and traveling alone allows me to listen to whatever music I like (or none at all).  I really enjoy traveling with others but sometimes traveling alone is theraputic.

 A quick glance at a map revealed an undiscovered treasure for me. SH 207 runs 199 miles from Post to the Texas/Oklahoma border southeast of Guymon, OK.  There is nothing wrong with US 84 to Lubbock and then IH 27 north to Plainview however I have made that drive several times and decided to try something new.

I was not disapointed in the choice. SH 207 is a real Texas treasure. Gently rising from approximately 2,600 feet in Post to nearly 3,200 feet in Floydada, SH 207 runs alongside and sometimes up and over the Caprock Escarpment, the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado. Along the way uninviting semi-desert grudingly gives way to fertile farmland. Recent springs rains have turned the landscape unusually green and someday soon I will learn the name of the purple plant that was brilliant in the sun Saturday evening following thunderstorms Friday night.

I hope to return to SH 207 soon and explore north of Floydada where the highway goes through Palo Duro Canyon and on to the Oklahoma border.

 I also hope Inspire! the event that brought SH 207 to me will represent the rebirth of the evangelistic zeal that has identified Texas Baptists.