Refugee simulation brings ‘chaos’ to life

Originally published at Baptist Press –

DALLAS (BP) — Personal belongings are confiscated, and a participant is stripped of his or her individuality. They become a number. Government workers with stern faces instruct them to face forward. No talking. They’re ushered through a curtain and instructed to write down the names of four loved ones. These are the people they may take with them. No further instruction is given.

During this refugee camp simulation, participants are to grab three items from buckets. They haven’t been told why. No one tells them where they’re going. Harshly, they’re ushered from station to station. A guard with a military uniform and a bat is speaking a foreign language. One participant starts to ask questions. She’s taken away from the group. At the medical station, they’re checked for lice. At the food station they’re informed they must eat. They may not have another chance to for days. Continue reading “Refugee simulation brings ‘chaos’ to life”


TX governor thanks SBC for help ‘tragedy after tragedy’

Originally published at Baptist Press –

DALLAS (BP) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott thanked Southern Baptists Tuesday (June 12) for their prayers and hands-on aid during times of crisis in Texas over the last year.

While addressing the Southern Baptist Convention at their annual meeting in Dallas, he specifically noted their response following last year’s shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey and the more recent shooting at Santa Fe High School.

“Thank y’all so very much, and Pastor Gaines, thank you for being there during the tragedy of Sutherland Springs, just like so many people from Baptist churches across the entire nation have joined with Texas in tragedy after tragedy,” Abbott shared. Continue reading “TX governor thanks SBC for help ‘tragedy after tragedy’”

God’s ‘Unshakable Pursuit’ frames WMU opening sessions

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DALLAS (BP) — More than 400 people gathered for the opening sessions of the 2018 Woman’s Missionary Union Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on June 10 in Dallas.

The 2018 theme for WMU is “Unshakable Pursuit.” The first session, themed “The Unshakable Pursuit of Fun,” was held in a casual ranch-style events center and included a barbecue dinner. WMU President Linda Cooper gave the first part of her president’s address from the back of a life-sized fake horse. Throughout the evening, she told attendees of ministries in which state WMUs are involved.

“From conception to death, God has a plan for your life,” Cooper said. “God has been pursing you your entire life. How do we respond to such a wonderful message? Let’s get to know this wonderful God as we experience more of His presence in our lives in our unshakable pursuit of Him.” Continue reading “God’s ‘Unshakable Pursuit’ frames WMU opening sessions”