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#SendSouthFlorida – Jarvis Singleton & Redeeming Grace Church

By | September 16th, 2018|Region - Southeast, State Mission Offering, Stories|

Ben Dexter grew up in church but he didn’t start to really learn what the Bible said until he started attending Redeeming Grace Church in Greenacres. Ben said the focus on discipleship has made a huge difference in his relationships with his wife and children. “If Redeeming Grace wasn’t here I don’t’ know where my church home would be,” he said. “It’s important to understand

#SendSouthFlorida – Derek Allen & Christ Centered Church

By | September 15th, 2018|Region - Southeast, State Mission Offering, Stories|

When Jason Foote was diagnosed with a blood infection last year, the ministry of Christ Centered Church in North Miami became very real to the Foote family. “Visits, prayers around the clock, and dinners were even provided from the church and our church family,” Jason said. “The outreach was truly one of the greatest aspects during this tough time.” It’s the way Derek Allen, lead

#SendSouthFlorida – Louis Egipciaco & Elevate Church

By | September 14th, 2018|Region - Southeast, State Mission Offering, Stories|

On the day Acelia Rodriguez decided to end her life, she saw a caged lion outside of Elevate Church in Miami Lakes. Feeling compelled to stop, she went into the church and what happened afterwards changed not only her life but her entire family. A victim of human trafficking, Acelia said, “I was sold and traded my entire life.” She was verbally abusive to those

#SendSouthFlorida – Steve Miller & Core Community Church

By | September 13th, 2018|Region - Southeast, State Mission Offering, Stories|

Stan Franklin had some strong feelings about his new neighbor Steve Miller when Steve moved next door just before starting Core Community Church in Homestead. Stan had heard his new neighbor was a pastor and he was not anxious to have to talk about religion or Jesus. Stan had grown up in the Church of Christ with an absentee father. For a while, Stan embraced

#SendSouthFlorida – Christ Family Church

By | September 12th, 2018|Region - Southeast, State Mission Offering, Stories|

Andrew Fernandez had no idea he would eventually become part of the team at Christ Family Church in South Miami when he and his wife started attending a small group for married couples. But the Lord had big plans for Andrew and He would use the ministries of Christ Family and its pastors Jonathan Palaci and Jose Prado to start him on a journey to

#SendSouthFlorida – Jose Saint Hilaire & Eglise de la Grande Commission

By | September 11th, 2018|Region - Southeast, State Mission Offering, Stories|

Jose Saint Hilaire planted Eglise de la Grande Commission in the community of Sunrise just three years ago. In that time, this bilingual ministry has grown to 100 members. By focusing on being a Gospel influence in the area, Jose hopes the ministry will continue to grow, reaching more and more first and second generation Haitians living there. Jose strives to combat the forces of

#SendSouthFlorida – Fabian Portunato & Revolution Church

By | September 10th, 2018|Region - Southeast, State Mission Offering, Stories|

Fabian Portunato is deeply invested in the needs of the community his church, Revolution Church in Miami, is trying to reach. Fabian admits he is not casting a wide net when it comes to reaching his Kendale Lakes community, but instead is interested in creating deeper connections that impact entire families in this community of first generation Spanish speakers and second and third generation English

Cultural conference encourages Florida Baptists in South Florida

By | August 31st, 2018|Region - Southeast, Stories|

Conquista tus Gigantes, or in English Conquer your Giants, was a powerful conference designed to remind women and men that God fights for us. Featured speaker Wendy Bello, three-time Christian book author, shared a message out of Romans 8:31 with the women gathered at Iglesia Bautista Northside last Friday night. The conference drew more than 180 women and 60 men from local Baptist churches as

FBC Chipley impacts Uganda for Christ

By | August 30th, 2018|Missions, Stories|

First Baptist Church Chipley sent out 10 missionaries, including pastor Mike Orr, to Uganda to work among the Acoli people and alongside long-term missionaries Allen and Mallory Corbin. The group landed in Uganda July 31 for a week of ministry. Below is pastor Orr’s first-person account of that mission trip. The darkness of the night cloaked the land as we walked out of the airport