Leah Reynolds

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Executive Board recommends $35.42 million budget for 2016

DALLAS- At the Sept. 29 business session of the Baptist General Convention of Texas Executive Board, it was unanimously approved to recommend a 2016 net budget of $35.42 million to messengers at the Nov. 8-10 Annual Meeting. The budget will rely on $31 million in Cooperative Program receipts from churches, a decrease of $900,000 from the 2015 budget. It also requires $4.42 million in investment income, a $1.82 million increase from 2015 made available in part due to invested proceeds from the s

Texas and Mexico Baptists partner to rebuild border town of Acuña, Mexico

Four months ago, a devastating tornado ripped through the city of Acuña, Mexico and hit with a ferocity that has not been witnessed in more than 100 years. Baptists in both Texas and Mexico are gearing up to assist in recovery efforts for the city through “Acuña Rebuild.” Partners include Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR), First Baptist Church in Del Rio, First Baptist Church in Acuña, Texas Baptists River Ministry and Eagle Pass-based Mission Border Hope.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery to respond to Myanmar summer flooding

Dr. Mang Tiak of Houston could not eat or sleep for days when she heard news that flooding in late July wrecked her Myanmar hometown. “Many people were suffering,” she explained. “It really hit me, and I felt like I needed to do something.” The floods, which were caused by monsoons and a typhoon, brought destruction to all but two of the 14 states in Myanmar, (also known as Burma). The disaster reportedly affected one million people across the country, displacing many of them. Tiak and her hu

Alfalfa concentrate and education help alleviate malnutrition in Mexico

While out walking one day in Toluquilla, Mexico several years ago, Dr. Lee Baggett’s heart felt burdened as he noticed there were two types of children out on the streets. The majority were lethargic, he said, with thin hair falling out, potbellies, swollen legs, blotchy faces and blank stares. The others were ruddy-faced, alert and active. Their hair was thick and strong, they had no swollen bellies or legs. There was one essential dietary component, which made the latter children more health

Texas Baptists contribute over $17,000 to winterize and bring the Gospel to Syrian refugees

Through generous offerings, Texas Baptist churches and individuals have contributed over $17,600 to the Texas Baptists’ Winterization Project, which is helping bring warmth and the Gospel to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The vision behind the Winterization Project began developing in August of last year when Matt Snowden, chair of the missions mobilization team for Texas Baptists; Mike Stroope, associate professor of Christian missions at George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco; and Steve S

BOUNCE students bring hope of restoration to South Austin

AUSTIN—Chris Rubs was cleaning his garage on the night of October 31, 2013, unaware that outside his door, torrential rains had caused the neighborhood creek to overflow. He suddenly heard screams coming from outside and opened the door to find an unnerving sight: floodwaters were engulfing his neighborhood and neighbors were chasing after a little girl who had been swept off her feet by the rapids. Together, with other men and the help of a chain-link fence that snagged the girl’s clothing, Ru

Ebola and starvation in West Africa: Nearly 998,000 meals arrive with more on the way

It was a joyful holiday season for many Liberians and Sierra Leoneans as they received 997,920 pre-packaged rice and high-nutrition meals sent by Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) in partnership with multiple ministries. The first container of 142,560 meals, trucked in from South Africa in partnership with Virginia Baptists, came just in time for Christmas and New Year’s. Photos bear witness to grateful Liberian children and families holding the food packets at Zion Praise Baptist Church

‘Tis the season—for refugees—to merely survive

For many in the United States, ‘tis the season to cozy up by the fireplace with family and friends. ‘Tis the season to sing merry Christmas tunes and to be grateful for freedom, relatives and Grandma’s cooking. But for Syrian refugees who have had to flee to safety in Lebanon, ‘tis the season to fight brutal winter temperatures in their houses made of plywood, tarp or tents and hope they can find food to eat each day. ‘Tis the season to survive. A writer from Tearfund, a charity passionate abo

Texas Baptists offer aid for border crisis in Rio Grande Valley

MCALLEN-The border issue: some call it a crisis, some call it a disaster, but to many Texas Baptists, it is an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. All eyes turned to the doorway as Daniela Cruz* and her two daughters, Lorena* and Carmen*, stepped inside Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. Volunteers with various religious backgrounds clapped and cheered as the girls entered. It is a welcoming gesture, said Nadia Chapa, volunteer coordinator for Catholic Charities who is ho