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By John Hall
On this page, a lot has been said about the riders and why they are involved in Bike Out Hunger. The truth is, it takes a lot more people than a group of riders to pull something like this off.
Many thanks to Bobby Broyles and First Baptist Church in Ballinger; Kalie Lowrie and Katy Blackshear at Howard Payne University; Keith and Sharon Felton and First Baptist Church in Hamilton; Steve Dominy and his wonderful family at First Baptist Church in Gatesville; Mallory Homeyer of the Texas Hunger Initiative and the good folks at the World Hunger Farm; Carol Woodward and Shawn Shannon at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; and The Fellowship of San Antonio. Your hospitality, spirit and generosity were overwhelming during these six days.
Carolyn Strickland and Joyce Gilbreath, you worked tirelessly behind the scenes coordinating places where we could rest for a bit and share about the hunger needs of Texas and around the globe. It has been a pleasure allowing you to use us to continue communicating ways people can help the hungry.
Kaitlin Chapman, Joshua Minatrea, Dennis Parrish, Brian Hurst and Rex Campbell, because of you, we were able to stay on the road and share our hearts through media efforts about needing to help the hungry. Thanks to you, Christ’s call to minister to the least of these has been magnified. Additionally, you were there for each rider with an encouraging word, a helping hand and a cool drink. You were essential.
Lastly, to each of you who prayed for us and supported us before, during and after the trip, thank you. Your support will provide food for hungry people in Texas and around the world. Your prayers were felt and made a drastic difference in our ability to ride. I have no doubt that because of your prayers, we stayed healthy and strong, riding beyond our abilities.
As I type this last post, I want to ask you to pray as our Lord taught us to pray. This time as you pray, think about the words as if they were being said by a person who does not know where their next meal will come from.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
“This, then is how you should pray:
’Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.’”
By John Hall
As I think about Bike Out Hunger, it seems this is more than a ride from Ballinger to San Antonio.
It’s an opportunity.
For many people, hunger around the globe and even in our state is something too large for them to wrap their minds around. Everyone thinks the entire planet should have enough food to eat. Hearts grieve for children near and far who go without basic sustenance. But people seem to be at a loss of what to do.
Bike Out Hunger has given people an outlet to do something. We’ve seen it time and time again. As riders have asked people to give to the offering in honor of the ride, individuals have jumped at the chance without hesitation. During the ride, a lady in a convenience store gave one rider a few dollars to feed hungry people. A cyclist riding down the street stopped by me and gave me $20 to help the hungry.
People care about hungry people and want to help. Bike Out Hunger has helped some of those people express that compassion in a practical way.
Praise God for their actions and prayers.
This spring is filled with regional opportunities for church staff and layman to recieve inspiration and training in evangelism through Engage, the Texas Baptists evangelism conference that will be held in more than 15 locations. Conference dates and locations are listed below and will take place during the next four months.
One statewide meeting, Radical Engage, will be held at First Baptist Church in Grapevine on Jan. 24-26 to focus on evangelism in the postmodern age. Rico Tice, British author of “Christianity Explored;” Mike Licona with the North American Mission Board and James Langford with student ministries and evangelism at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will be leading sessions and discussions about sharing the gospel with postmoderns.
The Justin Cofield Band will lead worship and much time will be devoted to coffeeshop/roundtable discussions so that those who attend can discuss messages brought in the general sessions as well as trends, issues and methods of evangelism in the mostmodern world.
Registration is not required and the events are free of charge. To find out more about location-specific speakers, topics, locations and more, visit http://www.bgct.org/engage
David Lowrie has been elected president. Ed Jackson has been elected fist vice president. John Ogletree has been elected second vice president. Each of them were selected by acclamation.
Things are flying along in this first session. We’re running way ahead of time.
During the first day of the Youth Ministry Conclave, sponsored by Texas Baptists, I went to a seminar led by Thomas Wallis, superintendent of the Palestine Independent School District. He talked about the relationship between churches and public schools, which is something I’ve been fascinated by off and on for some time now.
At some point in our lives, we’ve all heard that “they” are pulling God out of public schools. The most commonly noted item is the removal of prayer from schools. Critics say civic groups and some school leaders are against Christianity.
But at the same time, there are a number of churches across the state that are finding ways to impact public schools around them. They’re impacting students and faculty members alike.
The key, Wallis said, is church leaders must be proactive in building relationships with administrators. Schedule an appointment with a principal or superintendent. Start by understanding how you can help. Also understand what they do not want you to do. They don’t want people interfering with how they run the school. Respect that.
There’s a story out there — that may be apocryphal so I’m not mentioning the church name — that this is exactly how a church started a significant ministry to a nearby school.
A deacon met with the principal and asked how he could help the school. Wanting to get rid of him, the principal told the deacon that the toilets need to be cleaned. To the administrator’s surprise, the deacon accepted the task, cleaning every toilet in the building.
The next day, he did the next thing the principal asked.
And then the next.
And the next.
Eventually the relationship grew because the principal saw how much the man wanted to help. That led to mentorship opportunities for church members and students. It led to tutoring programs. It led to the church renovating the teachers’ lounge.
It led to the transformation of the school and opportunities for church members to witness in word and deed on that campus.
Wallis said this kind of thing can happen in many places across the state if church leaders will step up their efforts to partner with schools.
Is your church working with a nearby school? Why or why not? If you are, how did it start?
AMARILLO – At a recent fair, Texas Baptists handed out cold water as well as living water.
Volunteers working with the Cup of Cold Water Ministry of the Amarillo Area Baptist Association served up roughly 7,300 cups of water and 325 Texas Hope 2010 multimedia gospel compact discs as well as other evangelistic materials during the Tri-State Fair in late September.
The CDs are one of the primary tools of Texas Hope 2010, an initiative of Texas Baptists to share the gospel with every Texan by Easter 2010. The CDs contain audio and video testimonies, gospel presentations and links to download the New Testament in more than 300 languages. Texas Baptists are seeking to place Scripture in each of Texas’ 8.8 million homes.
Terri Powell, director of the ministry, said the CDs were distributed by members of First Baptist Church in Vega and seemed to be well received. People appeared to be reading the CD covers and looked interested in finding out more about the CD.
“A lot of those went home with people who came to the fair and don’t go to church anywhere,” she said. “I thought it was a great opportunity.”
The distribution of water opens up avenues for people to share their faith, Powell said. It easily allows Christians to interact with people who have yet to accept Christ as Lord.
“Most of the work we do is sowing the seed and watering,” she said. “We do have people who come by every year and say ‘Thank you for being here.’”
Hardin-Simmons University took a significant step toward blanketing its campus with the gospel Oct. 13.
The HSU Baptist Student Ministries distributed roughly 500 Texas Hope 2010 multimedia compact discs, an initial step in putting a gospel CD in the hands of each of its roughly 2,300 students.
The CDs are part of Texas Hope 2010, an initiative designed to challenge Texas Baptists to share the gospel with every person in the state by Easter 2010. The CDs are being produced as a resource for churches by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. In addition to testimonies of hope found in the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, the CDs also include a link to download the New Testament in more than 300 languages.
Students received the CDs during a special chapel service October 13 as part of HSU’s celebration of 400 years of Baptist history. George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, offered a sermon entitled “The Baptist Witness: Making All Things New.” The service was part of the two-day “Baptists@400: Celebrating the Past…Imagining the Future” event.
“Tuesday’s chapel service was the perfect time to distribute these resources to students,” said James Stone, HSU’s director of church relations. “What better way to celebrate our Baptist identity than to help share the gospel message.” Read more …
Villa Milagro is a multi-faceted ministry that stretches across Peru. It seeks to meet human needs in an effort to open avenues through which the gospel can be shared with people looking for hope for today and eternity.
Yesterday, our team landed in Cajamarca, Peru, the base for Villa Milagro, and went to a government-run orphanage in town. Shortly after arriving at the orphanage, we were greeted by 52 smiling and energetic children. They ran circles around us, played basketball and clamored for candy, bandanas and balloon animals that team members brought to the orphanage or made there.
The young people were healthy and strong, vibrant and vivacious.
But that wasn’t always the case.
Children used to miss breakfast each day. They’d eat a bit of soup for lunch. And a little food for dinner. They would get to eat a small amount of meat twice a week. They were drinking contaminated water, which was continually keeping them ill.
Then people with Villa Milagro came to help. They drilled a water well – Villa Milagro’s water well drilling is partially supported by the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger – on the orphanage’s campus, which provided clean water for all the children.
With that taken care of, the orphanage began working with Villa Milagro to see if other needs could be met. Through God’s provision, the ministry supplemented the children’s meals, giving them breakfast, rounding out the others, giving the orphans a source of milk for the first time. Children began growing stronger and healthier.
But physical nutrition isn’t all the children needed. Villa Milagro brought in volunteer teams from the United States who showed the orphans that other people indeed cared about them. They provided balls and toys for the young people. Each year, they repaint the orphanage’s buildings.
As volunteers visit, they share about the love of Christ. A pair of orphanage house mothers have come to know Christ. Some of the children are going to a local Baptist church.
There are still many needs in the orphanage. The miner dorms where the children live need to be repaired. Each of the children need to feel the continuous love of someone who cares for them on a long-term basis. When children turn 18, they are given a blanket and escorted out of the gate to fend for themselves.
While respecting the goverment, Villa Milagro is doing everything it can to shower these children with the love of Christ. But they need additional help. Each of us can provide that help. How will you? Click the links above to learn more about Villa Milagro and the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger.
Where His love is shown, His love is known.
For the past year, we’ve shown described a multitude of ways gifts through the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger helps Texans have something to say grace over. This week, we hope to give you a glimpse into one of the many, many ways gifts through the offering impact people around the globe.
For the next several days, we’re spending time with some of the folks at Villa Milago, a Peru ministry run by Larry and Joy Johnson of San Angelo that is supported by the hunger offering.