Headline News from around the Southeast for June 10


Six college women from the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Arkansas State University — along with Corley Shumaker, BCM’s assistant campus minister at ASU — recently participated in a missions trip to New Orleans. They joined in a ministry to vulnerable women who work the clubs as hostesses or dancers on the famed Bourbon Street, and they also ministered at Baptist Friendship House, which has served homeless, substance-addicted and abused women for 75 years, Arkansas Baptist News reported.


Lackawanna, a Jacksonville, Florida, neighborhood with a high crime rate and many homeless and drug-addicted residents, is a tough place to reach people for Christ, the Florida Baptist Witness reported. “If you feel forgotten and left out, it’s difficult to believe there is a God who cares about you,” said Tony Belle, pastor of Genesis Missionary Baptist Church. The congregation shares God’s love with the community in tangible ways — food pantry, block parties, adopt-a-family program and more.


As COVID-19 is raging in India, Georgia Baptists are stepping up to help. Working with the Good News Centre, an India-based Christian ministry, Georgia Baptists are purchasing and shipping oxygen concentrators to churches in India to help people who are being turned away at hospitals, the Christian Index reported. They also are raising funds to pay funeral expenses for pastors who have died from COVID-19.


Pastor Al Chandler knows there’s power in the blood. He preaches it as the pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Mayfield, Kentucky, and lives it as a blood donor every two weeks, Kentucky Today reported. One pastoral hospital visit in particular, he said, “opened my eyes to the power of plasma.” As he donates blood every two weeks, he witnesses and builds relationships with the workers in the room.


Six individuals made professions of faith through the evangelistic witness and ministry of disaster relief volunteers helping with cleanup in Lake Charles, Louisiana, following recent flooding. “While it’s wonderful to help people get their homes cleaned out so they can rebuild, we are reminded that those homes are temporary,” Louisiana Baptist disaster relief coordinator Stan Statham told the Baptist Message. “Now, those individuals who accepted Christ are prepared for an eternal home.”

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