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Life change behind bars

By | June 22nd, 2018|Region - North, Stories|

An incredible moving of the Spirit has been taking place in the Madison Correctional Institute in north Florida. Jay Hartranft, the prison chaplain for the facility, has witnessed life changes in the men he’s been ministering to for the last five years. What started as a group of 40 men going through Celebrate Recovery has grown to more than 100 men who attend bible studies

Chets Creek ministers in Honduras

By | June 18th, 2018|Missions, Partnership, Stories|

Living Water for Roatan “When it comes to missions, there are senders and there are goers. I was a sender," said Theresa lmbach. That was until she met with Henry Zittrower. Henry shared with the Missions Team at Chets the plight of the people of La Colonia in Roatan, Honduras. It was the story of Hondurans living on an island but dying of thirst because

Student leads event raising thousands for foster children

By | June 13th, 2018|Children, Stories, Students|

In Scripture the apostle Paul encouraged Timothy to not let anyone look down on him because of his youth but to set an example of godly living for other believers. It’s a verse 17-year-old Jordan Evans seems to have taken to heart. Children enjoyed games and more at the Grace Baptist Church Eggstravaganza benefitting Florida Baptist Children's Homes. Evans, who will be a

Florida Baptist church impacted by volcano eruption in Guatemala

By | June 7th, 2018|Missions, Stories|

A mission team from First Baptist Church in Chipley found themselves just miles away when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on June 3rd. Stephanie Orr, wife of Mike Orr, senior pastor of the church and president of the State Board of Missions, was interviewed and shared a bit of her experience. See how they're doing by checking out this story from Megan Myers on More

Long-time children’s director blesses families in Plant City

By | May 29th, 2018|Children, Stories|

For more than 30 years, entire families at Eastside Baptist Church in Plant City have been blessed by the dedicated service of their children’s ministry director Sally Mallalieu. Betty Goddard has worked alongside Mallalieu for the last 13 years. She said she has never worked with someone more devoted to children than Sally Mallalieu. “She has a big heart for the children here and the

Lafayette churches impact students at camp

By | May 23rd, 2018|Camp, Children, Region - North, Stories, Students|

As the school year ends and the camp season begins, children and student pastors will be handing out packing lists and parents will be buying sunscreen as they prepare to send their kids off for a time of fun, spiritual growth and renewal. But some parents in the Lafayette County area won’t need to send their precious ones very far for camp if they take

3 reasons your church needs a communication strategy

By | May 22nd, 2018|News, Stories|

Many Southern Baptist churches around the country are grappling with how to remain relevant in a society that struggles to comprehend the value and benefits of church membership and attendance. But some Florida Baptist churches are discovering that with a communication strategy in place, the secret to engaging the surrounding community isn’t really a secret at all. So what can an effective communication strategy do

FBC Umatilla: Creating Opportunities to Reach People for Christ

By | May 21st, 2018|Stories|

On a Sunday in April, Pastor Brooks Braswell of First Baptist Church of Umatilla, Fla. encouraged worshippers to praise God for the many blessings that He is showering down on the church. “Last Sunday, in all of our morning services and in our baptismal service God brought the blessings,” said Braswell. “He showed up in a big way.” Pastor Braswell baptized 53 people between ages

Pins lead to Gospel conversations at the Olympics

By | May 14th, 2018|Evangelism, Missions, Stories, World|

Pastor Mike Jones of First Baptist Church Lake Alfred has been sharing the Gospel internationally over the last few years in a unique way - by sharing and trading pins at the Olympic games. “We know we are planting seeds like crazy,” said Jones. It all started for Jones when a pastor friend of his from Georgia, Sid Hopkins, invited him to the Rio de