When officials with Fulton County Schools, the fourth largest school system in Georgia, needed assistance in distributing food to children at risk, they reached out to the faith community, including the North American Mission Board and at least two Atlanta-area Southern Baptist churches. “We are in the community, and we are a resource for the people around us,” said Regina Rogers, coordinator of evangelism and missions at Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, which participated in the distribution, the Christian Index reported.
Cramped living conditions, backbreaking hours packaging vegetables and fruits in enclosed areas and lack of personal protective gear have placed the South Florida migrant community at high risk of a COVID-19 outbreak. To address that need, Michael Daily, director of church and community ministries for Miami Baptist Association, is leading the association’s Good News Care Center to bring much-needed physical assistance and the hope of the gospel to migrant camps, the Florida Baptist Witness reported.
A leisurely Sunday morning drive changed the spiritual destination for Jaicoven Johnson and his family. Their drive took them past Family Church in Kenner, Louisiana, where the family was intrigued by the joy displayed by church members who had gathered outside. Johnson’s baptism on Aug. 16 was the first for the church, which was formed in March as a merger between two area churches, according to a Baptist Message article.
Mississippi Baptist churches seeking ways to encourage and support schools in their local area may find prayerwalking an effective ministry, according to Tammy Anderson, executive director of Mississippi WMU and Women’s Ministries of Mississippi. Anderson recommended several resources for prayerwalking in a recent interview with the Baptist Record. Those resources are available at mbcb.org/womans-missionary-union/prayer.
With a couple of major tornadoes as well as COVID-19 in their home state, Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief workers had put in 9,045 volunteer hours by the end of July, compared to a total of 5,915 hours during all of 2019. The work has slowed a bit in the past few weeks, giving the TBDR volunteers an opportunity to catch their breath before possibly being called out to respond in hurricane relief efforts, Tennessee’s Baptist and Reflector reported.