Friend Day Oct. 14 across Arkansas

THE ARKANSAS Baptist State Convention (ABSC) evangelism and church growth team invites churches across the state to take part in statewide Friend Day Oct. 14.

While Oct. 14 is the recommended date, churches are free to hold Friend Day any day, according to Marcus Brown, ABSC evangelism and church growth team member.

The event is part of the Reaching Across Arkansas strategy and encourages church members to pray for and invite their unchurched friends to a special Sunday service where they will receive a warm welcome and a clear presentation of the gospel.


Continuing Nursing Ed day set

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) will host “The Heart of the Healer,” a Baptist Nursing Fellowship/Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 2 at the ABSC building.

The event will cover the topics of compassion fatigue, lateral violence, crucial conversations and physical health and well-being. The missions emphasis will be led by Buddy and Janada Barnett, leaders of Ukraine Challenge.
RNs and LPNs will receive 6.5 contact hours.

To register, contact Ashley Sumners at

The CNE training day is a Cooperative Program event sponsored by the ABSC missions support team, Arkansas Woman’s Missionary Union and Baptist Health.


ABSC holds Literacy Missions Training Workshop in Sherwood

The Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) missions ministries team recently held a Literacy Missions Training Workshop at Baring Cross Baptist Church, Sherwood.

The event, which taught participants ways to meet their neighbors’ needs, build relationships and share the gospel, featured three workshops: “English as a Second Language” (ESL), “Tutoring Children and Youth” (TCY) and “Adult Reading and Writing” (ARW).  

“Literacy Missions workshops can open doors to your church and/or association to share Christ in settings that are not usually available to us as Southern Baptists. Literacy missions is experiencing missions in your very own community,” said Breck Freeman, ABSC missions ministries team member.

Freeman said at this year’s two-day event there were 16 students in the ESL workshop, five students in the TCY workshop and two students in the ARW workshop.  

The event will be held again Aug. 9-10, 2013, location pending. However, Freeman said workshops are also available to any church or association as needed throughout the year, with a minimum requirement of about six students per workshop.

“We are here to serve and help any church or association in the state with literacy missions,” said Freeman.

“Literacy missions is a great way to reach those lost or unchurched in your community.”

For more information, contact Freeman at or Oleta Raines at Or call 800-838-2272, ext. 5150.


Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip Oct. 6

The Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip, sponsored by the missions ministries team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, is scheduled for Oct. 6.

The event, to be held in Tri County Baptist Association, will include prayer walking; children’s activities; senior adult ministry; home repairs and painting; health clinics; sports camps; evangelism; yard work, and block parties.

For more information, call 800-838-2272, ext. 5150, or email Oleta Raines at


Missions event set for October

Mission Connection Event: Heart of Kansas Coalition will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Second Baptist Church, Jacksonville.

Church planters and associational missionaries in and around Wichita, Kan., are seeking partners, and the goal of the Mission Connection event is to share how to partner, send mission teams and help plant churches through the four associations in the area. Those who attend will hear from church planters seeking partners and attend breakout sessions.

Lunch will be provided. Preregistration is required.

For more information and to register, visit or call Jill Modlin at 800-838-2272, ext. 5149.

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