In 2009, I was leaving my secure, government job to seek a career in camping – an industry with thin margins in a volatile economy. At the time, the Christian Camping and Conference Association was concerned that many camps were struggling. So I had to ask myself, “Is Christian camping still relevant?” After months of prayer, thought and research, my answer was, “Yes.” Here are a few reasons why:
“It only takes a spark to get a fire going.”
This phrase from the song “Pass It On” by Kurt Kaiser echoed through my mind as I attended a retreat for the Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) site coordinators at Oaks Manor Conference and Retreat Center in Van Buren.
Debbie Moore, Arkansas Baptist State Convention missions support team member, invited CWJC site coordinators from Arkansas and Oklahoma to come together for a weekend of retreat and storytelling.
MAGNOLIA – Many pastors, churches and ministries feel the call to focus on discipleship, but for Mike Sandusky, the Baptist collegiate minister at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) in Magnolia, God’s call allowed him to complete his doctorate in discipleship.
Sandusky said his studies, which took four years at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, centered on the concept of God calling His followers to be disciples.
LITTLE ROCK - Tim Yarbrough, editor of the Arkansas Baptist News, thanked messengers for their support and urged non-subscribers to give the paper another look, during the 2011 Arkansas Baptist State Convention Annual Meeting held Nov. 1-2 at First Baptist Church, Little Rock.
“We are grateful for our loyal Arkansas Baptist News subscribers and supporters,” said Yarbrough.
LITTLE ROCK – John Hodges, pastor of First Baptist Church, Salem, encouraged messengers to “grasp the moments” God offers to accomplish the goals He has set for His people.
“God wants us to be positive people who have a positive message,” he said. “That’s why it’s called the gospel – the good news.”