Headline news from around the Southeast for July 22

Georgia

SURGE150, a summer camp for young musicians, provides children with an environment to not only grow musically but also grow spiritually. Being founded on Psalm 150, the staff embraces the call to “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord,” inspiring the campers to develop their skills, reports the Christian Index. A camper’s mother expressed her gratitude, “[The kids] are our future church, and it is so important for us to set them up to succeed.”

Kentucky

Speak for the Unborn, a pro-life ministry that began as a local church ministry, is dedicated to preparing churches for holistic conversations with women considering abortion, Kentucky Today reports. The eight-part program includes “everything from the theology of it, all the way down to thinking about your vocal tone, body language [and] facial expressions,” explains Laurelen Muller, executive director. Muller explains that their staff aims “not just to save the babies, but to wrap our arms around [families] for the long haul.”

North Carolina

“I am going,” the motto at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, inspires not only the seminary students but also the staff. Sam Morris, the director of admissions, acknowledges the importance of staff members remembering the mission, reports the Biblical Recorder. He explains that to find Great Commission students, “we’ve got to be involved in it ourselves.”

South Carolina

The South Carolina Baptist Convention Collegiate Ministry Team sent 43 college students to serve around the globe. A Muslim woman from Indonesia who had just arrived in Colorado to study needed some help. Her phone was dead, and she didn’t have a charger. A South Carolina BCM student went to the store for supplies. Within 10 minutes, $300 was raised to buy some items. That opened the door for prayer and weekly meetings.

Tennessee

As many churches across the country continue to adjust post-pandemic, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Covington, Tennessee, is finally beginning to see answers to their prayers for growth, reports Baptist and Reflector. Pastor Gary Stafford believes “God is moving in His church because God’s people are praying and asking God to move.” Members are actively seeking to minister to their community by renewing their focus on discipling.

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