Jul 30, 2014
ST. JOHNS COUNTY (FBW)—Students in northern St. Johns County are discovering that they didn’t have to go to a Third World country to do missions work.
Instead, in early June they took part in Mission Jax, something church sponsors billed as a local mission trip to benefit the people in the area where they live.
Jul 28, 2014
STARKE (FLBaptist)—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.
Jul 27, 2014
MIAMI (FLBaptist)—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 with low-wage jobs and little hope.
Jul 25, 2014
South Putnam 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.
Making ends meet for these forgotten people is a daily challenge.
But they are not forgotten to Pastor Brian Baker, who knows their names and has led the congregation to be “the hands, feet and voice of Christ in our community.”
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
YULEE (FBW)—Like a lot of people, Mark Yeatman has seen how drug abuse can destroy lives. Unlike most people, however, he has dedicated his life to doing something about it.
Last December, Yeatman came to Florida from Wyoming with his wife and two children and planted a Set Free church in Yulee. Set Free by the Sea in Yulee is part of the Northeast Florida Baptist Association.
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 20, 2014
WALDO (FBW)—First Baptist Church in Waldo is concentrating on the future while “keeping our historical perspective alive,” according to Pastor James Dubois. The 130-year-old church shares an 1884 birth year with the Florida Baptist Witness.
Robert and Fannie Campbell of Waldo donated land for a church in May 1883, and the church organized the next year. Their gift was enhanced when an adjacent owner gave permission to build on part of her land. The first building was constructed of wood in 1885 and included a sanctuary, five Sunday School rooms, a small office and a utility room. Although the sanctuary included a baptistry, most new believers chose to be baptized in local lakes. Bathroom facilities were behind the building.
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 10, 2014