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Ripple effects of mission camp crosses generations

October 16, 2014

How does one judge the value of Florida Baptist mission camps? Is it through the number of those in attendance; the number of professions of faith at the camp; or the number of lives dedicated to Christian ministry?

VBS Summer missionaries report 207 professions of faith while transforming their own lives

October 10, 2014

Two children stood on the side of a Jacksonville East Arlington road selling lemonade when Kourtney Burcroff and her fellow summer missionary first spotted them.

USF Baptist Campus ministry to offer free pregnancy tests and counseling for troubled students

October 10, 2014

Free pregnancy testing for students who suspect they may be pregnant are being offered once a week at the Baptist Campus Ministry center located on the University of South Florida campus this fall.

Florida Baptists ‘standing at the doorway of a new era;’

October 10, 2014

Florida Baptists will come together to rejoice in God’s faithfulness during the past 160 years and to dream about the future during the Florida Baptist State Convention (FBSC) Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland.

Retiree instilled missions heart into future generations

October 10, 2014

Cindy Goodwin grew up in a home with a heart brimming for missions. The native Floridian, born and raised in Miami in the 1950’s when its culture was steeped in Southern charm and tourism, was guided by a mother who poured her life into missions through her church, her association and the Florida Woman’s Missionary Union. Goodwin shared that passion and followed in her footsteps.

Sharing the Light . . . in darkness of Eastern Cuba

October 10, 2014

It was mid-afternoon in mid-July when the lights went out in Eastern Cuba and stayed out for about five hours, even as the sun set. With skies above growing darker, the Cubans were undaunted by the power outage. They had been waiting so long for this week when Florida Baptists would come their way. They walked to church for the evening evangelistic service.

Gifts, gospel and God’s love embrace migrant children

October 3, 2014

She was eight-years-old when Ami Martinez first went to the Florida Baptist Migrant Children’s camp held annually at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. While there she made a decision that would change her life forever when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.

God’s light glows to the captive

September 26, 2014

The dining room light shined brightly in the pre-dawn hours from the home on the main thoroughfare in Panacea, a small fishing village south of Tallahassee on Hwy 98.

Board approves budget, Sullivan's retirement

September 22, 2014

LEESBURG—A $28.8 million Cooperative Program budget goal for 2015 that is expected to hasten the Convention reaching a 50-50 division of CP funds between Southern Baptist and Florida Baptist causes a year earlier was approved by the State Board of Missions during its quarterly meeting Sept 19 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

EDT Search Committee named

September 19, 2014

LEESBURG—A State Board of Missions committee of seven pastors and two laypersons has been appointed to recommend a candidate as the tenth executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

John Sullivan announces his retirement as Florida Baptist state exec

September 19, 2014

LEESBURG, FL (FLBaptist)—After serving Florida Baptists as the executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention for a quarter of a century, John Sullivan has announced his retirement from the post, effective Feb. 28, 2015.

Embracing addicts behind prison bars and along downtown streets

September 15, 2014

Rick McClung heard the familiar clang of the prison door locking behind him. Stepping through security screens, he was patted down and sent down the hallway.

State Missions emphasis calls Florida Baptists to “Embrace Florida”

August 26, 2014

Jesus sent his followers into the cities and rural places, preparing the way for Him. He told them to go out two-by-two that they may strengthen and encourage one another in the mission set before them. And He shared with them the enormity of that task—for the harvest is great and the workers are few.

Wrong turn on Amazon River leads to right place

August 4, 2014

It’s not often that a “wrong turn” leads a group of missions volunteers to just the right place to minister and witness in God’s name, but that’s exactly what happened eight years ago to a group from First Brazilian Baptist Church of South Florida in Pompano Beach.

Owens inducted into church administrators’ Hall of Fame

August 1, 2014

KISSIMMEE—Glen Owens, assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention since 1989, was inducted into the National Association of Church Business Administration’s “Hall of Fame” for his significant contributions to the church management profession.

Pastors plead for spiritual renewal and repentance among Florida Baptists

July 28, 2014

STARKE—Seeking to fill a spiritual hunger, 234 Florida Baptist pastors and ministers fell on their knees to pray for personal renewal, family, churches and others, as well as revival in the state and nation, when they gathered in pastor-led prayer meetings held across the state in May and June.

Miami’s streets prove to be fertile training ground for Florida Baptist students

July 28, 2014

MIAMI—Miami is a city of contrasts—home to the glamorous, rich and famous from professional athletes and celebrities to international business tycoons. Yet hundreds of thousands of its residents live in abject poverty surviving in multifamily housing, low wage jobs and little hope.

Pastors ‘sold out’ to conquer lostness in SW Florida corridor

July 24, 2014

“Every man, woman and child.” It’s a phrase heard often at Summit Church to remind church leaders and members of their specific task to saturate the community with the gospel and develop dedicated disciples of Christ.

Desire for “others to know God” leads to multi-faceted Crossover outreach

July 16, 2014

For the past 20 years, Florida Baptists—of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities—have cleaned toilets, made balloon animals, cooked food native to their home countries, held concerts, sponsored dental clinics, cut hair and more.

Rural church gives hope to Putnam County’s forgotten people

July 11, 2014

South Putnam Baptist Church sits in the southernmost corner of Putnam County, the third poorest county in Florida, in a community where families and seniors live on fixed incomes and migrants provide cheap labor for the area’s fern industry.

New church brings authentic faith to St. Pete’s changing face

July 3, 2014

In his 39 years, Chris Stafford, a father of three, has experienced his share of rough times. Although raised in a home as a Jehovah’s Witness, as an adult he visited other churches and “always wanted to accept Christ, but didn’t know how.”

Constant in the storm: Florida women pray with Mozambique missionaries

July 1, 2014

Soon after Mozambique’s long civil war ended in the mid-1990s, International Mission Board missionaries were concerned about their safety when traveling along dusty roads and bridges neglected for nearly 17 years while the strife raged. So the women of Florida prayed.

Prayer resonates; 50/50 to come one year earlier

June 19, 2014

MARIANNA—While contemplating Kingdom decisions for the state of Florida, the State Board of Missions sought God’s will throughout the three-day meeting as they prayer-walked across the Blue Springs campus; gathered on their knees to “Engage Florida” through prayer; and offered intercessory prayers for a young Panhandle family committed to reach the lost in one of the nation’s fastest growing corridors.

Florida worship leaders take the ‘Big Apple’

June 19, 2014

NEW YORK CITY—Can the still, small voice of God be heard amid the sensory overload of New York City’s Times Square with bombastic billboards, screaming LED lights and amid a teeming crowd of people from life’s every corner?

Florida WMU celebrates 120 years passes “torch light” to next generation

May 28, 2014

LEESBURG—Using the symbolism of a torch and flags of many nations, the 120th annual meeting of the Florida Woman’s Missionary Union convened April 24-26 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center to reaffirm the organization’s 120 years of commitment to missions’ education, prayer and financial support of sharing the “torch light” of the gospel around the world.

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