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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 2, 2014
Zachary Jones, Florida’s 2014 Speakers’ Tournament winner, received second-place honors at the National Bible Drill and Speakers’ Invitational Tournament June 20. Participants from 12 state conventions showcased their speaking and Bible skills at First Baptist Church in Helen, Ga.
Jun 17, 2014
The histories of the Owens Community in DeSoto County and Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church are tightly intertwined, according to Church Historian Michelle Montgomery. First settlers were among the 19 charter members, and the church remains a vital part of its rural community.

Owens Community, three miles southwest of Arcadia, was named for Owen Huggins Dishong, DeSoto County’s first sheriff and one of Mt. Ephraim’s charter members. He gave three acres of land for the construction of the church and the cemetery, where he is now buried.
Jun 5, 2014
For dozens of Florida Baptist churches, reaching out to their neighborhoods includes finding ways to minister in local mobile-home parks. The avenues of ministry are as varied as those who call the parks home. These are the stories of three churches’ experiences in ministering to park residents.
Jun 1, 2014
PENSACOLA (FLBaptist)—The largest class in the ten-year history of the Minister of Education Training Program graduated May 1 in Pensacola. Families and friends of the 42 graduates celebrated the milestone at a dinner and ceremony in the gymnasium of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church.

Eugene McCormick, team strategist with the African American Church Development Ministries of the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Health Group, said the Pensacola graduates were his “most enthusiastic class ever.”
May 24, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Volunteers from North Jacksonville Baptist Church recently helped teens and adults with special needs feel like Cinderella and Prince Charming at the ball.

It was the “Best Night Ever” for both guests and volunteers, according to Josh Reavis, associate pastor for pastoral care at North Jacksonville, who headed up the event.
May 22, 2014
HIGH SPRINGS (FBW)—Derek Lambert found out this week what it was like to give life to another person. The pastor of First Baptist Church in High Springs was scheduled to donate one of his kidneys to someone he does not even know.

“We once drew conclusions based on the risk, cost and pain on our person, but now our decisions must include such impacts on others as well,” Lambert wrote last month, in a letter to his congregation explaining his decision to be an organ donor to his congregation. “Loving our neighbor as ourselves demands that we consider their risk, cost and pain.”
May 22, 2014
He has left the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center and moved to a nearby hotel. "I am feeling well. I just made it to the hotel room for the next few days. No more poking and prodding on me!!!," Lambert wrote in an email to the Witness on Thursday evening.
May 21, 2014
The recent state Bible Drills and Speakers’ Tournament 2014 finals included students from Pensacola to Miami, and were the culmination of dozens of church and associational events held during March and April.

The Bible Drills required memorization of dozens of Scripture verses and Biblical doctrines. Children drillers have 10 seconds to locate a Bible passage, and youth participants must do it in 8 seconds.
May 9, 2014
MILTON (FBW)—In a few weeks, Lamar and Sissy Faulkner and three other members of First Baptist Church in Milton will travel to Negresti, Romania, to work in medical clinics. They will take with them gifts for the patients that are the result of a year-long bargain-hunting adventure.

The Faulkners are regular shoppers at every thrift store between the Florida Panhandle and Tuscaloosa, Ala., where Sissy Faulkner’s 96-year-old mother resides. They are always on the lookout for bargains on fabric, personal hygiene items, and items of clothing appropriate for gift bags.
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