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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief teams respond to flooding in the Panhandle

May 28, 2014

PENSACOLA (FBW)—It only took several hours of intense rain for the lives of thousands of Florida Panhandle residents to be disrupted during the late evening and early morning hours of April 29 and 30.

North Jacksonville Baptist creates prom-like experience for those with special needs

May 28, 2014

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Volunteers from North Jacksonville Baptist Church recently helped teens and adults with special needs feel like Cinderella and Prince Charming at the ball.

Minister of education graduation marks decade of training

May 28, 2014

PENSACOLA—The largest class in the ten-year history of the Minister of Education Training Program graduated May 1 in Pensacola. Families and friends of the 42 graduates celebrated the milestone at a dinner and ceremony in the gymnasium of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church.

Embers of revival still glow from 2014 Evangelism Conferences

April 9, 2014

BONIFAY—The embers of revival are still burning in the hearts of pastors in Holmes County, days after the conclusion of a western region Evangelism Conference held in Bonifay

Miami church planting family commitment embodies State Board decisions

February 14, 2014

LEESBURG—The words of a child brought a personal perspective to the actions and decisions made by the State Board of Missions during its Feb. 7 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center when five-year-old Jackson Allen took to the microphone.

John Sullivan, statesman, honored for serving Florida Baptists 25 years

February 14, 2014

MT. DORA—While often saying he wanted to be known foremost as a Baptist preacher, John Sullivan was lauded as a man of vision and integrity, effective leader, lover of people, pastor to pastors and a Southern Baptist statesman during tributes in honor of his 25th anniversary as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Daytona, Bonifay provide sites for the 2014 State Evangelism Conference in March

February 12, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH–The 2014 State Evangelism Conference will be offered in two locations this year when First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach and First Baptist Church in Bonifay host the annual evangelistic meeting during the last week of March.

Evangelistic mission trip to Haiti spawns 3,200 new believers

February 5, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE—The armed pickup truck pulled up alongside a congested Port-au-Prince corner and immediately three enormous men descended from its doors, toting baseball bats, steel bars, horse shoes and red rubber water bottles

Baptist association looks to faith-filled future

January 28, 2014

JACKSONVILLE—Although Jacksonville Baptist Association held its 135th annual meeting just weeks ago, make no mistake, it’s not time to pull out the rocking chairs, share nostalgia or even … ask for a senior discount.

Churches develop unique vision, forge unity

January 21, 2014

The church leaders came together and shared their pains, struggles, victories and dreams, journeying through a six-month intentional process, led by their associational director of missions and two Florida Baptist Convention leaders.

Florida students, DR volunteers rebuild homes in New York with God’s love

January 8, 2014

STATEN ISLAND, NY—(FBC) Although not wrapped in festive paper and bright ribbon, it was a Christmas gift wrapped in God’s love, given by seven students from The Baptist College of Florida to those in desperate need in New York.

Young Haitians find identity in English-speaking church

January 6, 2014

As a Haitian-American child growing up in Miami, Petrus Marcellus felt like he was stuck in limbo. “We weren’t fully Haitian and we weren’t fully American. We faced stereotypes about who we were, what we could do and what we couldn’t do.”

God’s all-knowing plan seen in desperate life of Karen pastor

January 2, 2014

At 14 years of age Thu Lai Mu and his family were forced into the jungles of Burma, now Myanmar, to escape a repressive, military-led civil war and ethnic cleansing that ended in killing, torture, rape and forced labor of their Karen (pronounced kuh-ren) people group.

Gainesville’s River Cross church invests in challenged public school

December 16, 2013

James Silvers lowers his lanky six-foot-two frame into a kid-sized chair in Mrs. Chappell’s class quickly engaging third-grader Donteau in the day’s lesson. Asking probing questions about the content, in just a brief time he helps the youngster absorb the meaning of his assignment.

Migrant children pampered for a weekend with gifts, love and the message of salvation

December 12, 2013

LEESBURG—(FBC) Combined with the festivities of the Christmas season, two life-changing topics—the gospel message and sex trafficking—were addressed during the annual Florida Baptist Migrant Camp Dec. 6-8 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Missionary calling leads to new Orlando church

December 10, 2013

Pastor Andrew Oates believes if the Apostle Paul were to start a church today, Orlando—one of the world’s most visited cities—would be a destination of his church-planting missionary journeys.

Miami port ministry reaches beyond its shores

December 10, 2013

With the majestic skyline of downtown Miami as a backdrop and the azure waters of Biscayne Bay surrounding its causeway, PortMiami’s impressive lineup of cruise ships beckon worldwide travelers to the massive vessels containing a city within its walls.

Sullivan: “I thank my God for every remembrance of you”

December 5, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—As he approached his 25th anniversary as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, John Sullivan in his annual sermon during the Florida Baptist State Convention shared a gospel message from his favorite book of the Bible, recalling “I thank my God for every remembrance of you.”

Ministers’ wives encouraged in partnership with husbands

December 5, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—Drawing on the life of Moses and her nearly three decades of international mission service, global missiologist Ruth Ripken challenged approximately 150 Florida Baptist ministers’ wives to place their “all on the altar,” with their hands firmly in the hands of God.

Creativity of exhibitors reflects creativity of Florida Baptists

December 5, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—The creativity of exhibitors in the display hall of Florida Baptists’ 152nd annual meeting mirrored the creativity of Florida Baptists in their outreach efforts for the kingdom of God.

FBSC Messengers take another step toward 50/50 split of CP funds

November 14, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—While focusing on “Partnering for God’s Kingdom,” Florida Baptists moved one step closer to sending half of their Cooperative Program gifts to national and international missions with the approval of a $30.5 million CP budget during the 152nd annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention, Nov. 11-12 at North Jacksonville Baptist Church.

Crossover Northeast Florida touches lives with gospel

November 14, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—With the morning sun just peeking over the horizon, motorcycles roared their greeting to the new day; individuals grabbed brooms, dustpans and cleaning supplies, and carnival games began to take shape.

State Board names church planting strategists, oks year-round operation for Blue Springs

November 14, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—The State Board of Missions named a strategist and a field missionary for the Convention’s English-speaking Church Planting Team, authorized a one-year endowment fund solicitation campaign for the “Florida Baptist Witness” and approved the year-round operation of Blue Springs Conference Center in Marianna during its meeting held prior to the Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 11 at North Jacksonville Baptist Church.

Sullivan honored for 25 years of leadership as state exec

November 14, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—Described as a “man who walks with God,” John Sullivan was honored Nov. 11 during the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention for his 25 years of service as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

GAs from eight decades celebrate 100th anniversary in eight locations

October 28, 2013

JACKSONVILLE—Candle-lit cupcakes, face painting, missionaries and remembrances from the past ten decades were all ingredients in the 100th Birthday Celebration of Girls in Action (GA) Oct. 5. But the overarching theme of the centennial observance was a renewed commitment to instill a heart for missions in future generations.

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