Aug 21, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—Working in the midst of a massive cleanup after severe flooding hit Pensacola, two Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, Cheryl King and Frank Sledjeski, found more than a ministry to homeowners; they discovered love and a new life partner.
“We were able to clean out three homes and minister to these families,” said King. “We were also able to get to know each other better. We knew our meeting was not by accident; it was ordained by God.”
Aug 20, 2014
CRESTVIEW (FLBaptist)—Working bivocationally at the local Starbucks in Crestview as he planted a new church, James Ross often invited co-worker Marisela Davis to Mosaic Church.
After four years of making unfulfilled promises, she came to Mosaic out of the blue, heard Ross proclaim the Gospel and left as a new creation in Christ.
Aug 19, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—She was 8 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.
She went back to camp every year until she was out of high school and took with her one of the most important lessons of her life. “I learned there that we all worship the same God, whether you were rich, poor, black or white, you worship the same God.”
Aug 18, 2014
Turning Point Little Havana worships in downtown apartment buildings
MIAMI (FBW)—In today’s day and age, many evangelists are having to rethink their traditional approaches to spreading the Gospel.
Pastors have traded suits and ties for jeans and button ups, church meetings are held everywhere from barns to restaurants, and baptisms take place at the beach. There is no box in which to put how the Word of God can be presented, and there are no limitations to how incredible opportunities can pop up in the most unique ways.
Aug 17, 2014
WINTER PARK (FBW)—John Hemphill, a layman at First Baptist Church in Winter Park, went on his first mission trip 31 years ago, and he has traveled dozens of times across the Western Hemisphere to build churches and to encourage fellow believers. He also is passing on a love of missions to his son and grandson.
Hemphill began traveling with construction mission teams from his church when he was working as a senior accountant with Sprint. He retired in 1997 when the company moved to Kansas City, but worked another 12 years with MFI, a company assuring quality control of pharmaceuticals.
Aug 16, 2014
HIGH SPRINGS (FBW)—Only two weeks after his surgery to donate a kidney on May 19, Pastor Derek Lambert and his wife, Nichole, gave their testimonies in the evening service of his church, First Baptist Church in High Springs. On June 1, the couple sat on the stage as they talked about their journey of organ donation and his recovery after surgery.
Aug 14, 2014
Research differs on severity of problem, but there is no denying the dilemma
There’s no question college students approach life differently. Their constant engagement with technology, their community and the diverse global environment in which they live and work have shaped them in ways the rest of us are still coming to grips with.
So, it’s no surprise that their approach to life and faith has veered from the conventional.
Aug 12, 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?
Or is it best measured by those former campers who are serving faithfully in Christian ministry, touching souls for the Kingdom exponentially, much like ripples from a drop of water in a pond?
Aug 8, 2014
Scores of Florida Baptist churches are led by pastors who may be old enough to collect Social Security but are far from retirement. They balance the realities of growing older with the demands of growing congregations. Among those pastors are Ken Harrison, pastor of Northside Baptist Church in Ponce de Leon, and Stan Hannan, pastor of First Baptist Church in Belleview.
Aug 5, 2014
The Porch Light’s first safe home for sex-trafficking victims set to open
LAKELAND (FBCH)—The state of Florida is the third-largest hub for sex trafficking in the United States, but there is a severe lack of aid for young women once they have been rescued.
The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ newest initiative, The Porch Light, is set to open its first safe home for victims of sex trafficking later this summer. This first home is only the beginning of FBCH’s plan to ignite hope by rescuing, restoring and setting young women free from emotional and physical bondage.