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Changing lives in Romania

By | August 16th, 2018|Camp, Children, Missions, Stories, Students|

Erin Grant, a member of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville and a student at Florida State University, spent eight weeks of her summer in Romania, working with a camp organization there reaching Romanian youth with the Gospel. Here’s a look at this life-changing experience through her eyes: For LIFE Romania 2018, it is the summer of metamorphosis, or Metaforzat in Romanian. Metamoforzat means transformation

Summit Church serves the Dominican Republic

By | August 15th, 2018|Missions, Region - Southwest, Stories|

On July 14th 11 men and women from Summit Church in Fort Myers traveled to the Dominican Republic to serve alongside our partner LoveServes and El Refugio church in Haina. In the week leading up to the trip we planned to do basketball and volleyball camps, VBS for children, construction, and men's and women's outreach events. However, just days before we arrived, Hurricane Beryl sent heavy rains

Vocational Church stands in the gap

By | August 13th, 2018|Region - Central, Stories|

A year ago Charles Young started Vocational Church to help addicts transition back into society and this July, 19 people were baptized as a result of his ministry. “During the month, we baptized 19 people,” he wrote in an email. “Some were from Vocational Church, some were family members and friends of Vocational Church and some were directly from Salvation Army.” Vocational Church is a

Public schools as the mission field

By | August 10th, 2018|Partnership, Stories, Students|

As the Florida Baptist Convention begins the Write Beside You initiative to help churches partner with local schools, one Florida Baptist church has already been making inroads with the schools in its community. First Baptist Church in Kissimmee has been serving the schools within walking distance of them for the last six years. This year they launched ‘Serve the City: School Edition’ to take their

La Convención Bautista de la Florida se une para ayudar a los niños desplazados

By | August 6th, 2018|Espanol, Hispanic, Stories|

La Iglesia Bautista Northside en Hialeah es conocida como “una iglesia que practica el amor” y a través de su colaboración con His House Children’s Home está haciendo realidad su lema. Desde hace unos cuatro meses la iglesia ha recibido en su servicio de adoración a unos 90 niños y niñas adolescentes procedentes de His House International. “Esta ha sido una bendición que no esperábamos!”

Florida Baptists partner to help displaced children

By | July 31st, 2018|Children, Region - Southeast, Stories|

Iglesia Bautista Northside in Hialeah is known as a church “que practica el amor” or in English: “A church that practices love.” And through their partnership with His House Children’s Home, they are living up to their motto. Four months ago, the church welcomed about 90 teenaged boys and girls from His House International to Sunday worship and have continued to do so every Sunday

Florida Baptist couple treasure faith amidst tragedy

By | July 30th, 2018|Region - East, Stories|

On June 15, 2018, Daniel and Emily Hilaire headed out for some late-night fast food, driving down Central Florida’s busy I-4. In her twenty-ninth week of pregnancy, Emily was experiencing those night-time cravings. Daniel, a Sheriff’s Deputy for Seminole county and the new worship leader for Central Baptist Church’s Downtown Campus in Sanford, gladly obliged. The occasion turned to tragedy when a drunk driver hit

Florida Baptists take hope to U.S. Virgin Islands

By | July 25th, 2018|News, Stories|

As the U.S. Virgin Islands bounce back from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, Florida Baptist churches are working with local churches on the islands to share the hope of the Gospel. Almost a year ago, in September 2017, the Virgin Islands were hit by two category 5 hurricanes less than two weeks apart from each other and each leaving behind destroyed

Deaf ministry helps children at VBS

By | July 18th, 2018|Stories|

First Baptist Church Brandon hosted its Vacation Bible School June 18-22 and it did so in English as well as American Sign Language. In past years, Suzanne Austin-Hill, coordinator of FBC Brandon’s Deaf Ministry, has co-taught a VBS class along with Laura Simpson, who is Deaf. Simpson, a member of the church’s in-house interpreter team, and Austin-Hill have taught students who are Deaf, hard of hearing