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Children’s Homes brings back Unite youth event

September 10 2014 by BCH Communications

Residents of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) and youth from surrounding churches came together last year for Unite, a first-year event focused on evangelism, music and fellowship. Excitement is now building for Unite 2014, which takes place on Sat., Oct. 18 at BCH’s Mills Home in Thomasville.

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Coats for the City deadline is Oct. 31

September 10 2014 by BSC Communications

The third annual “Coats for the City” is scheduled for Dec. 11-13 in New York City. Coats for the City is an event hosted in partnership between the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Office of Great Commission Partnerships and the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association.

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N.C. students serve among T people in Southeast Asia

September 9 2014 by Paige Turner, International Mission Board

Autumn James met many T people this summer in the two weeks she spent helping lead a five-member team of college students from North Carolina to research the people group. The T people are an unreached, unengaged people group in Southeast Asia with less than 1 percent of the population believing in Jesus.

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N.C. Baptists launch English Bible camps in Hungarian schools

September 9 2014 by Meredith Brunson, Special to the Recorder

A classroom full of Hungarian middle schoolers leaned in to hear the story of Jesus’ birth as North Carolina volunteers explained it to them. The students then acted out the story with their classmates and memorized Bible verses in Hungarian and in English.

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N.C., SBC leaders speak out

September 9 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor

The Aug. 27 election of David Platt as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board brought praise and calls for prayer from Southern Baptists. He succeeds Tom Elliff who served as IMB president since March 2011.

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Happiness Retreats: 40th year helping special people

September 9 2014 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

This year North Carolina Baptists sponsored five of these three-day retreats for people with special needs, including one at Truett Camp in Hayesville and others at Caraway Conference Center near Asheboro. More than 700 people attended this year. It’s a unique ministry few other organizations can match.

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Emmanuel Church reborn as Meeting Place

September 8 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

What should a traditional, white Southern Baptist congregation do when they can no longer sustain their ministries or their facilities, and they know they are dying? Emmanuel Baptist Church was a thriving fellowship in Mecklenburg County. But after 61 years of ministry the church’s leaders faced some very painful decisions.

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Church a big part of pastor’s life story

September 8 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

The history of Meeting Place is a big part of Vince Riley’s life story. A native of Charlotte, he gave his life to Christ at 18 in a pastor’s living room. Riley grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. For 10 years he was a police officer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department.

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NCMO moves churches from ‘the pew to people in need’

September 8 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor

After storms destroy households and businesses, disaster relief volunteers from Baptists On Mission (BOM) arrive to provide organization, equipment and strategy for displaced individuals and families to help rebuild more than homes – they show up to help rebuild livelihoods. One of the most visible ministries of BOM is disaster relief.

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LifeWay could face 'headwinds of change'

September 2 2014 by Marty King, LifeWay/Baptist Press

Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, reflects on “headwinds of change” during the Aug. 25-26 trustee meeting in Ridgecrest, N.C. Rainer cited Proverbs 12:11 as a source of wisdom and inspiration. “‘The one who works his land will have plenty’ (HCSB) is about stewardship, work ethic and accountability.”

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