September 24, 2009 Print Edition

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Florida Focus

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New Works Report

JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Department, Florida Baptists started eight new churches in August, 2009. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

Literacy missions teachers commemorate 50 years of changed lives

LEESBURG (FBC)—The 50th Anniversary of Literacy Missions was celebrated by more than 175 Florida Baptists who are investing their lives in teaching individuals to read and write English while sharing the love of Christ.

FDLE report on ex-Muslim runaway teen criticized

ORLANDO (FBW)—A Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation has found no “credible” evidence that Christian convert Rifqa Bary is endangered by her Muslim parents she fled in July in fear of her life.

Congressional Prayer Caucus notes ‘irony’ of Constitution Day in letter supporting school officials

PENSACOLA (FBW)—Noting the “irony” of public school administrators who faced a jail sentence Sept. 17 on the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution—for blessing a meal—members of Congress sent them a letter of support before their trial in federal court.

Runners/walkers raise money for PCCs

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–Over 500 runners and walkers left Hemming Plaza in Jacksonville to go across the St. John’s River over the Main Street Bridge and back over the river via the Acosta Bridge to compete in a 5K Race Sept. 5 to raise money for area pregnancy care centers.

NFL, NASCAR legend Joe Gibbs has ‘Game Plan for Life’

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (FBW)—In the midst of contentious debates in American society about “big discussions,” former Washington Redskins Head Coach Joe Gibbs hopes people will begin to ask, “I wonder what God thinks about this?”

IMB trustees: Rankin retirement, new missionaries, tapping reserves top meeting

JACKSONVILLE (BP)—Word of International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin’s retirement and the prospect of appointing 25 additional missionaries in 2009 led the agenda at the IMB trustee meeting in Jacksonville, Sept. 15-16.

Chicagoland: Gateway to the ends of the earth

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (BP)—Cody Lorance doesn’t knock. He just pushes the door open and ambles into the apartment. A little girl runs to hug him and the rest of her family filters into the room to greet their guest.

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