All posts by "vickistamps"

December 18, 2014

CAMDENTON – The energy, variety and flexibility of Vacation Bible School attracts children, and the First Baptist Church of Camdenton has injected their Sunday morning Bible study for children with those traits. “We were not reaching young families,” Randy Chappell,...

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November 21, 2014

INDONESIA – When God pricked the hearts of Missouri missionaries Jim and Marcia to minister in Indonesia, they didn’t expect to be in the coffee business. “Indonesia is a country of creative access,” Jim said. “Visas are not granted for...

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November 18, 2014

Brad Bennett and other members of Real Encounter flew through the air with the greatest of ease, but it wasn’t on a trapeze. It was on a bicycle. Real Encounter is a ministry of professional athletes in the area...

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August 11, 2014

Helping young people understand the relevance of the gospel is the focus of Tony Jones, youth minister at First Baptist Church, Ferguson, and his musical group, “Surrender 2 Him.” “We’ve got outreach on our heart,” Jones said. “We want...

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July 27, 2014

FLORISSANT – Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the backdrop for two churches to partner with Passage Community Church in St Louis to offer basketball and cheerleading camps. Bob Martin, minister of recreation and singles at Lone Oak Baptist Church in...

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May 27, 2014

Rhonda Rhea wants “p-dubs,” aka pastor’s wives, “to get comfy, to be encouraged and to be inspired” with her new book, Join the Insanity: Crazy-Fun Life in the Pastors’ Wives Club. Rhea described her book as “one of those ‘heart...

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May 1, 2014

Bill Dudley and a group of his teenage friends rode in a pickup truck over to a revival tent to make fun of the people attending and making decisions that night....

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April 14, 2014

ARNOLD – “Heaven’s Anglers,” a Christian fishing club, has found a way to help children while promoting their sport. On May 31, Heaven’s Anglers will hold the 12th annual “Help a Child” Charity Fishing Event at Mark Twain Lake in...

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March 24, 2014

Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) has a great deal to celebrate, and the party is set for April 4-5. WMU’s “Missions Celebration” will be held at Second Baptist Church, Springfield. According to Laura Wells, Missouri WMU executive director, WMU is celebrating...

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March 20, 2014

Thousands of people who need Christ live in Atlixco, a city in the Mexican state of Puebla. Faith Baptist Church in Washington and Rios de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water) Church in Atlixco have formed a partnership to meet...

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February 12, 2014

The Olympic Games are a great meeting place for the people of the world, and Jeff Wells, senior pastor of Cross Keys Baptist Church here, believes it is a wonderful place to introduce them to Jesus. He is ready for...

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February 11, 2014

Snow and cold temperatures could cause more than a few closed days for Johnson Wabash Elementary School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. As the students were ready to return from the recent snow days, the custodial staff discovered a major...

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January 30, 2014

TROY – Matt Bartig, lead pastor of NorthRoad Community Church, appreciates the sacrifice of First Baptist Church (FBC) Troy to plant NorthRoad. Senior pastor, Richard Rhea, of FBC Troy was more than just supportive of the new church start located...

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January 16, 2014

Righteous Rides meets a need for missionaries on furlough. Co-founders of the nonprofit organization, Bret Byus, member and deacon at First Baptist Church (FBC) Troy, and Mark Reighard, discovered this need through friendships from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas....

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December 23, 2013

Marching bands, beauty queens and fantastic floats for wide-eyed children are not just on the football field. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, every year they are found on the north parking lot of First Baptist Church of Ferguson. The church serves...

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December 21, 2013

The Lord is making connections to draw people from around the world to Christ, according to Tim Cowin, lead pastor of The Rock Church of St. Louis. “We have a culture based on Ephesians 6,” he said, “We want to...

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December 20, 2013

Calvary Baptist Church in Hannibal is one of the leading Baptist churches in the state of Missouri giving 1,231 shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The motivation for Calvary’s focus on this ministry year round is the Great Commission....

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October 9, 2013

VICKI STAMPS/contributing writer BOISE, Idaho – Naghmeh Abedini’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, Saeed, an Iranian-born pastor who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, known by human rights watchdog groups as...

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September 25, 2013

CALHOUN – Following all the safety standards will not count when the rope breaks. That failing rope caused disastrous results for David Van Bebber, Jr., bivocational pastor of Calhoun Baptist Church, after he fell from scaffolding hanging at the fourth...

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August 19, 2013

WALDRON — At first, it might seem that Alice Chastain, member of First Baptist Church, Polo who serves on the Missouri Baptist Executive Board, is taking the “soaring with eagles” in Isa. 40:31 too literally. At the end of June,...

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July 31, 2013

CHATSWORTH, Ga. – A bus load of youth on a rain-slickened mountain road in Georgia is a recipe for a miracle and that is what First Baptist Church of St. Charles got. The youth were in Georgia to attend youth...

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June 27, 2013

ARNOLD – Although the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) lost one layer of a roof during the May 31 tornado which hit north St. Louis County, it didn’t interfere with the 122nd Strawberry Festival. The Festival was held June 1...

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June 26, 2013

CLARKSVILLE – Ron Kunzweiler, bivocational pastor of two churches, is aware of God’s answer to prayer, including a prayer to be a circuit rider. “I prayed to God that if it was His plan,” Kunzeweiler said, “that I wanted to...

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June 19, 2013

On May 28, the EF3 tornado followed a path from Weldon Spring to north St. Louis County. Now, Missouri Disaster Relief is working the same path. “I’m going to drive into the Bellefontaine area tomorrow,” Paul Posey, site coordinator for...

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May 22, 2013

ST. LOUIS – Recently prayer warriors met in four locations in St. Louis to pray for the city. “We have a burden for the region,” Ed Moncada, international student strategist for the Missouri Baptist Convention, said. “We are serious about...

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May 6, 2013

O’FALLON – Next stop, Turkey and Greece. Recently a group from First Baptist Church here made the journey to Turkey and Greece to “Follow in the Steps of Paul.” The itinerary included Istanbul, Izmir (Smyrna), Ephesus, Athens, Thessalonica, Berea, Philippi,...

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March 14, 2013

SPRINGFIELD – Multiplication is the goal for Freshwater Church, Bolivar, and the answer is church planting. In the three years since Second Baptist Church of Springfield planted the Bolivar church, they have planted nine churches with two more in progress....

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March 4, 2013

JOPLIN — On May 22, 2011, only five weeks after Brad Graves and his family moved to Joplin to become senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, the destructive winds of the EF5 tornado blew through the city. Since then, the...

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February 28, 2013

FERGUSON – Several churches joined together to give a Valentine to the homeless in North County St. Louis. On Feb. 9, I Heart North County, an organization formed by Passage Community Church, Trinity Nazarene and North Church and now working...

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January 8, 2013

MAYSVILLE — Carrying the cross through the streets of Maysville by members of the First Baptist Church here in preparation for an upcoming crusade was a graphic reminder to the community and to the congregation of what Jesus had done...

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December 20, 2012

FARMINGTON — Packing 177 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child is amazing, but doing it in a one-bedroom mobile home adds another dimension to the accomplishment. Barbara Young, member of Delassus Baptist Church, Farmington, uses her living space to collect for...

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December 18, 2012

FERGUSON – “Tell me a story” is a request that will be granted more often now that Nancy Wilson, Cru Global Ambassador, is equipping Christians to tell stories. Recently, Wilson taught several pastors and Christian leaders in Storywave, a seminar,...

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