January 2012

Louisiana Baptists going forward in Haiti with new strategy

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor CANAAN, Haiti – Even as Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts wind down in Haiti, ravaged Jan. 12, 2010, by a 7.0 earthquake, the Louisiana Baptist Convention focuses its ongoing impact on the million-and-a-half people now living in what two years ago was a green field. Initial plans include partnering with a church-multiplier national pastor, constructing a church and a medical clinic, and starting an orphanage, all in a part of the Haiti countryside that the people there named Canaan.


Church members respond to needs in Zimbabwe

[img_assist|nid=7868|title=Help for Zimbabwe|desc=About a dozen people participated Jan. 7 in an effort to pack and seal 950 boxes of goods, all of which will fit in a 40-ft. shipping container, to be sent as missions cargo to Zimbabwe.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]By Karen L. Willougby, Managing Editor PINEVILLE – A teacher in a poor village in Zimbabwe writes in chalk on a wall. That’s been the type of “book-learning” students have had.



By Staff, Baptist Message ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES Ben Green, new as pastor of Oak Hill Bastrop. Rueben Weaver, new as pastor of Faith Bastrop. Stephen Nutt, resigned as associate pastor of Cook Ruston. Jackie (wife Joanie) Gestes, new as pastor of First Many. Donnie Linson is the pastor of Bethlehem Oak Grove. “Jimbo” Herring is the pastor of Goodwill Oak Grove. Drew (wife Kimberly) Rivers, Todd (wife Megan) Strain, and Jeff Pate were ordained to the gospel ministry Jan. 18 at Calvary Alexandria. Pastor: David Brooks.


NOBTS graduates 244

By Staff, NOBTS Communications NEW ORLEANS – At least eight students with Louisiana ties graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) Saturday, Dec. 17. In total, the seminary graduated 244 certificate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.   Of those graduating, the following call Louisiana home:   Biblical Teaching Certificate Albert R. O’Connor, Robert, La.; Kelley O’Connor, Robert, La.   Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry Abram Timothy Haley, Prairieville, La.   Master of Arts in Christian Education Kathleen Elizabeth Frady, Metairie, La.