Arkansas disaster relief deployment not necessary following recent storms

"Thank the Lord we have missed the bullet again," said Randy Garrett, Arkansas Baptist State Convention disaster relief (DR) director.

While high winds and hail impacted parts of northern Arkansas March 25, Garrett said that following damage asessment by DR volunteers, no Arkansas DR teams were deployed.

According to CNN reports, one person was killed and more than two dozen people were injured as the storm drove through Oklahoma.

Oklahoma's Southern Baptist DR teams responded to affected areas including Moore, Okla. and Tulsa, Okla. March 25, according to The Baptist Messenger, the state Baptist newspaper of Oklahoma.

Garrett told the Arkansas Baptist News that Oklahoma Baptists have not solicited the assistance of other DR teams within their region at this time.


Kisors recover after motorcycle accident

Howard Kisor Jr. and his wife, Mary, have been released from the hospital and are recovering from multiple injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident March 20.

Howard Kisor is pastor of Crow Mountain Baptist Church in Russellville and former associational missionary for Arkansas River Valley Baptist Association. Mary Kisor is a member of the Arkansas Baptist News board of directors.

Mary Kisor said she and her husband were riding on River Road in Pottsville when the accident occurred. She has a broken foot and multiple bruises. Howard Kisor sustained three broken ribs, a concussion, an abrasion on his lung, a small bleed in the brain that healed and a torn artery below his spleen.

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Selma bridge crossing highlights Black History Month at Williams Baptist

The Williams Baptist softball team pauses for a photo after crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. WALNUT RIDGE – The Williams Baptist College (WBC) softball team walked in the steps of civil rights pioneers in Selma, Ala., as a part of Williams students' celebration of African-American culture and history in February.

A large group of Williams students traveled to Jonesboro and attended a showing of the Oscar nominated movie "Selma" Feb. 4. The movie portrays the struggle for black voting rights and centers on marchers who attempted to cross Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.

The Williams softball team was among those watching the movie and, in a fortunate twist of scheduling, played at a tournament in Alabama the following week. Interim Coach Tyler Herring and Williams President Tom Jones led the way as the team crossed the historic bridge and visited the nearby historic center in Selma.

“It was moving to consider the sacrifice of those who marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago, and it was especially rewarding to see that our WBC student athletes were eager to walk in the steps of these pioneers. The historical significance of the place was clearly meaningful to all of us,” said Jones.

Williams Baptist Black History Month Committee: Front (left to right): Andrew Matthews and Patrick Smith. Back: Dara Britton, Ebony Scott, Kathy Evans and Hannah Morgan.Among other Black History Month observances at Williams, the group Personal Praise was in concert Feb. 24. About 100 were in attendance for the spiritual music performance in Williams' Old Chapel.

An evening meal Feb. 26 had a Soul Food theme. Williams' Black History Month Committee coordinated the meal with Williams Chef David Shanteau, who directs food services at Williams.

This year’s Black History Month Committee consists of Williams students Dara Britton, Andrew Matthews, Hannah Morgan, Ebony Scott and Patrick Smith, as well as Kathy Evans, Williams' coordinator of student activities.


Grants help Liberian schools to reopen

Candice Lee
WMU Foundation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A total of $44,000 in grants will assist in reopening Liberian schools on Feb. 16. National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and the WMU Foundation made the grants from the HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow) Fund to provide assistance as Liberia recovers from the Ebola crisis.

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Floyd, past SBC presidents send open letter to Obama regarding ISIS

NASHVILLE (BP) – In an open letter, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, along with the support and signatures of 16 former SBC presidents, called on President Obama to "take the necessary actions now" against ISIS terrorists.

"Since ISIS is a continuing threat to world peace in a way unknown to us since the Nazis of World War II, we humbly call upon you to use the influence and power of your distinguished office to take the necessary actions now in this urgent hour to bring an end to these human atrocities," the March 1 letter said.

"The abuse, brutalization, and murder of children, women, and men that is occurring before the world calls our country to lead forward to bring this to an end."

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