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    LaVerne Brown, missionary to Sub-Saharan people, dies

    September 18, 2019

    ABN Digest

    RICHMOND, Va. – LaVerne Brown, an International Mission Board missionary who shared the gospel among Sub-Saharan African affinity peoples in Africa and Europe, died from cancer at age 48 on Sept. 12.

    Pastor Jeremy Hatfield baptizes a young girl at Pleasant Valley Community Church, Owensboro, Ky., on Sunday, Sept. 15. Submitted photo

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    Church's call for baptism: 'Blew our socks off'

    September 18, 2019

    ABN Digest

    OWENSBORO, Ky. – Pleasant Valley Community Church pastor Jamus Edwards made it simple for his congregation Sunday, Sept. 15.

    After preaching, he walked down in front of a baptistery trough and asked a question.

    "Here's the water," the Owensboro,...

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    Dale Braswell, lead pastor of Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, preached from Exodus 3 as the congregation marked the 20th anniversary of a mass shooting in its sanctuary. Wedgwood Baptist Church video screen capture

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    Wedgwood tragedy 20 years later: 'He is faithful'

    September 16, 2019

    ABN Digest

    FORT WORTH, Texas – For Tralissa Griffin, whose daughter Cassie was among those who lost their lives at Wedgwood Baptist Church 20 years ago, healing began with God's comforting voice.

    For Cassie's father David, his shaken faith was strengthened...

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    Floyd to NAMB staff: Champion gospel unashamedly

    September 16, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In his first visit to the North American Mission Board in his new role as president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Ronnie Floyd challenged staff members to "champion unashamedly the sharing of the gospel...

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    TV personality Mike Rowe showed Brenda Lomax-Brown a new playground built near the Life Transformation Center in New Orleans, where she serves as director. The surprise unveiling was featured in "Returing the Favor," and was captured in a screen shot of the episode shared on the Celebration Church Facebook page.

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    'Dirty Jobs' star helps ministry transform community

    September 16, 2019

    ABN Digest

    NEW ORLEANS – Brenda Lomax-Brown received a surprise visit from television personality Mike Rowe, who showed up with a film crew to give her a $20,000 check and a new playground for the local ministry she directs in the Hollygrove-Dixon neighborhood...

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    Annual See You at the Pole prayer event set for Sept. 25

    September 16, 2019

    ABN Digest

    THOUSANDS of students across Arkansas and the nation are set to gather in prayer at about 7 a.m. local time around their school flagpoles Sept. 25.

    See You at the Pole (SYATP) encourages students and leaders to engage in prayer Sept. 22-28.

    Leaders...

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    Church pays off $4M in East Texas medical debt

    September 12, 2019

    ABN Digest

    TYLER, Texas – Hundreds of homes throughout East Texas got an unusual yellow envelope in their mailboxes, thanks to one Southern Baptist church in Texas.

    It wasn't a church invite or junk mail. Instead, it could be worth tens of thousands of...

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    Days before his suicide, Jarrid Wilson conducted this baptism as an associate pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., his senior pastor Greg Laurie said. Photo from Twitter

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    Jarrid Wilson tweeted hope before tragic death

    September 11, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – Southern Baptist pastor Jarrid Wilson played games with his son Denham, attended his son Finch's baseball practice and tweeted encouragement to a struggling alcoholic within hours of reportedly committing suicide late Monday,...

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    Sherann Kim, California Southern Baptist Convention student evangelism specialist, addresses high school students at a weekly meal provided by four Fresno churches. Photo by Holly Smith

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    High schoolers get meals and gospel in Fresno

    September 11, 2019

    ABN Digest

    FRESNO, Calif. – For more than 30 years, four Fresno-area churches have worked together to serve lunch to their community's high schoolers.

    Under the auspices of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, members of New Life Community Church and Immanuel...

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    Paul Chitwood, International Mission Board president, urged a chapel audience at Gateway Seminary Sept. 5 to remember that God's vision cannot be fulfilled until people from every nation, all tribes and all languages have heard the gospel. Gateway Seminary photo

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    Chitwood at Gateway: Go wherever God calls

    September 11, 2019

    ABN Digest

    ONTARIO, Calif. – Paul Chitwood, International Mission Board president, urged a chapel audience at Gateway Seminary Sept. 5 to remember that God's vision cannot be fulfilled until people from every nation, all tribes and all languages have heard the...

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