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  • Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 13, 2018 (13 days ago)

    Image by Myrick Gurosky and Associates, provided by the North American Mission Board
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Donors supporting First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after the mass murder of 26 worshippers there can be assured of the church's integrity in handling donations, the church said in an April 12th open letter.

    The statement comes after concerns related to the use of funds for victim relief have been raised, a spokesman for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) confirmed to Baptist Press today (April 13). Read More

  • FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    by Mike Ebert, posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (29 days ago)

    Image by Myrick Gurosky and Associates, provided by the North American Mission Board
    SAN ANTONIO (BP) -- First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, the Southern Baptist congregation whose members were targeted by a gunman in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, will begin construction of a new worship center and education building in May.

    Plans were announced Tuesday (March 27) by Frank Pomeroy, the church's pastor. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) will accept donations for the project. If donations do not cover all of the construction expenses, NAMB will cover any remaining costs.

    "Our primary goal is to lift up Jesus in our community," Pomeroy said. "Sutherland Springs has a certain distinction because of the enormity of the tragedy that took place at our church, but every community is touched by tragedy. Every family and every person has hurts and sorrows. We want to be a lighthouse. The light of the Gospel shines hope, even in the deepest darkness." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces 'Send Puerto Rico'

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board is adding Puerto Rico to its list of special areas that will receive increased attention and resources for church planting, Send Relief ministries and partnership opportunities with Southern Baptist churches that want to minister on the island. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the plans with NAMB trustees Tuesday (Feb. 6).

    The emphasis comes as Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from the staggering toll Hurricane Maria took on the island when it struck Sept. 20, 2017. Since the storm hit, NAMB, along with Southern Baptist volunteers from several ... Read More

  • Sutherland Springs lifted by influx of compassion

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Kris Workman, paralyzed during the melee at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, is leading worship from a wheelchair for the rural Texas congregation.

    Ryland Ward, age 6, came home from the hospital Jan. 11 after multiple operations for four wounds inflicted by the gunman who killed 26 people -- including his mother and two of his sisters -- at First Baptist on Nov. 5.

    Ryland -- riding in a fire truck in a police convoy -- returned to Sutherland Springs after a two-month hospitalization in San Antonio, 30 miles away. Read More

  • Chaplains reflect on Sutherland Springs tragedy

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Trained in critical incident stress management, Debby Tiller Nichols heard about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs and knew she had to go.

    Nichols, of Texarkana, was packing her house to move when 27 people were killed at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church in November. But she and four other Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) chaplains would minister to the Sutherland Springs community alongside a half-dozen Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) chaplains from Oklahoma. Read More

  • Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TEXAS (BP) -- Six-year-old Ryland Ward, the last victim hospitalized from the Sutherland Springs massacre, returned home in style Jan. 11. He rode in a crimson Wilson County fire truck driven by volunteer firefighter Rusty Duncan, who had rescued the boy from the Nov. 5 carnage.

    Ryland returns home to a world markedly different than the one he left -- a new normal without his stepmother, Joann Ward, who died shielding her children from the shooter. Ryland's sisters Emily and Brooke were also slain.

    Today, healing continues at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church months after the shooting which claimed the lives of 26, including Pastor Frank Pomeroy's daughter. The empty sanctuary -- painted stark white with slatted chairs bearing red roses and victims' names -- remains a solemn and much-visited memorial as decisions regarding rebuilding proceed. Read More

  • Sutherland Springs: Worship resumes with call to overcome

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 13, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Pastor Frank Pomeroy's first message to the surviving members of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was that they must overcome darkness with the light of Christ.

    Seven days after a gunman killed 26 worship attendees, Pomeroy -- who was out of town during the Nov. 5 attack -- delivered his message at a tent worship service blocks away from the church property. More than 500 people attended the Nov. 12 service, according to media estimates. That same day, the church building was opened as a memorial to the slain. Read More

  • Mich. Baptists pledge prayer for Sutherland Springs

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    INKSTER, Mich. (BP) -- Michigan Baptists increased their budget 31 percent from the current year and pledged prayer for the Texas church where a gunman massacred 26 people Nov. 5.

    Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of Michigan also eliminated shared ministry expenses from their budget and anticipated increasing the total Cooperative Program amount forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes by some 16 percent above the amount received by the SBC during its 2016-17 fiscal year. Read More

  • Church security focus of Texas seminars

    by GuideStone staff, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- With church security on the minds of many pastors and other church leaders in the wake of the tragedy at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, many churches of every size are re-evaluating their security protocols.

    GuideStone Financial Resources and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company are offering two seminars in November for Texas churches interested in learning about implementing best practices for volunteer church safety and security teams. The events will also include training on protecting kids in the ministry environment ... Read More

  • Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, heal

    by Tammi Ledbetter, Jane Rodgers & Bill Bumpas/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN
    FLORESVILLE, Texas (BP) -- "We take care of our own," stated Frank S. Page, formerly a Texas pastor, as he and Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and his wife Donna spent three days helping to serve families distraught over the Nov. 5 massacre of half of the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

    The broader Southern Baptist family -- from the Gaineses to Tony Wolfe, pastor/church relations director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention -- demonstrated servanthood by visiting grieving families, and injured congregants and praying for area folks suffering from the tragedy. Read More