Hope for every Baylor hospital patient


A group of smaller churches provided hope to those facing crises in their lives this Easter.

Congregations in the Allied Baptist Church Network worked together to provide 2,290 Texas Hope 2010 evangelistic multimedia compact discs to chaplains in the Baylor Health System, one for every patient in its Dallas County and Collin County hospitals.

Churches involved in the effort are Irving Baptist Fellowship in Irving, Valley View Baptist Church in Farmers Branch, Big Springs Baptist church in Garland, Northlake Baptist church in Dallas, Colonial Baptist church in Dallas, Bible Way Baptist church in Dallas, Westchester Baptist church in Grand Prairie, Faith Baptist Church in Duncanville.

David Fortenbury, pastor of Irving Baptist Fellowship, said the churches wanted to help chaplains in their effort to minister to people in the hospitals. When people face challenges such as illness, they are open to the gospel.

“We wanted to give the chaplains a good tool,” Fortenbury said. “At Easter time, the whole world turns to the cross. People who are down, their health is affected, are open.”

The effort is part of the churches involvement in Texas Hope 2010, an initiative of Texas Baptists that encourages Christians to pray for others, care for those in need and share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010.

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