January 2013

LSU BCM students spend their Christmas break helping Hurricane Sandy victims

LSU student Skylar Hollins peels tile up from a floor in a Staten Island, New York, home severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy’s 20-foot storm surge. Hollins and 42 other students from the LSU Baptist Collegiate Ministry joined hundreds of other college students to spend part of their Christmas break “mudding out” and cleaning out damaged homes.

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

Muddy, cold and tired were a few of the words some LSU Baptist Collegiate Ministry students used to describe their Christmas break, but they also described their mission trip to Superstorm Sandy-devastated Staten Island, New York, as exhilarating, satisfying and inspiring.


The 42 students and eight volunteers drove non-stop from Baton Rouge to New York the week before Christmas, spent five days mudding out Sandy-flooded homes, slept in tents, then drove non-stop back to get back for Christmas.



Louisiana Milestones


M. Giles Fort Jr. MD, 89, died Jan. 14 in Baton Rouge. He was a pioneering missionary doctor in Zimbabwe for 35 years. See baptistmessage.com for more. 

Brandon (wife Chrisie) Gill, new as interim pastor of Calvary Baptist Forest Hill.

Jared Little, new as interim pastor of Crews New Salem Baptist.

Joshua (wife Rebekah) Timothy, new as youth director of Macedonia Baptist Church Effie; Pastor: Mike Wilkinson.


Americans views of homosexuality and sin changing

By World News Magazine

(WNS) – According to a survey from LifeWay Research and first reported by Religion News Service, 37 percent of Americans view homosexuality as a sin, down from 44 percent a year earlier.

  “The culture is clearly shifting on homosexuality and this creates a whole new issue: How will America deal with a minority view, strongly held by evangelicals, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, and so many others?” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. 


President’s 2020 Commission rolls out theme, purpose

By Staff, LBC Communications

ALEXANDRIA – Opportunity Louisiana: For the Gospel; For Our State; and For this Time is the theme for the President’s 2020 Commission announced during the initial meeting of the Steering Committee on Jan. 15 at Baptist Building in Alexandria. The meeting was directed by Louisiana Baptist Convention President Waylon Bailey of First Baptist Covington and LBC Executive Director David Hankins.


First Vidalia's Knapp heart for mission is in Belize

Pictured from left to right: Amanda Whisnant, Paul Whisnant and Charla Knapp

By Joey Martin, Special to the Message

VIDALIA -- Where in the world is Belize?

Charla Knapp of Vidalia can tell you. She's been four times.

For the record, Belize, formerly British Honduras, is a country located on the north eastern coast of Central America. It is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea.  


Iles commit to missions; bound for East Africa

After being commissioned in mid-January, De De and Curt Iles are headed to East Africa to serve as missionaries, where they will help spread the Word to the people groups in Southern Sudan and the Democratic Congo.

By Rachel Ortego, Regional reporter

DRY CREEK – Curt Iles grew up in Dry Creek Baptist Church and like all good little boys he was enrolled in “RA’s,” (Royal Ambassadors), a missions discipleship program for young boys.

 He was just supposed to learn about missions. Instead, he fell in love with missions with a passion that would eventually lead him and his wife to sell everything they own and commit to a two year stint in Uganda.


Beauregard Baptist focus on Uganda

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

DERIDDER – Churches in Beauregard Baptist Association are making the first steps toward adopting one of the world’s unreached and unengaged people groups.

The 47 churches and missions in Beauregard, where Tim Patrick has been director of missions since April 2011, are considering their response to a challenge by Tom Elliff, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.


Beauregard DOM experiences Southeast Asia missions

These are the few of the kids Beauregard DOM Tim Patrick got to minister to while in Southeast Asia. This visit to Southeast Asia is the fourth for Patrick and his wife Judy

By Rachel Ortego, Regional Reporter

It’s an area in Southeast Asia where people sacrifice chickens to their various gods, where natives worship at Buddhist shrines freely and government officials often knock on the door of suspected missionaries and question them for hours.

It is in this country of more than 1.5 million unreached and unengaged people groups that authorities are hostile to Christians: babies are often thrown into jail with their missionary parents.