By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer Standing up for the lives of the unborn is the unofficial theme of two Louisiana Life Marches scheduled for later this month. Scheduled for Jan. 17 in Shreveport/Bossier City and Jan. 24 in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Life March is a chance for different denominations, ages and ethnic and racial backgrounds to march together and pray to declare their opposition to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
By Brian Blackwell. Message Staff Writer BATON ROUGE – The United States is a nation in crisis. Christians concerned for the direction in which the country is headed plan to gather on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge on Jan. 24 for a day of prayer. Called for by Gov. Bobby Jindal, The Response Louisiana will take place from 10 am to 4 pm at the Pete Maravich Center and will include people of all ages, denominations and ethnic and racial backgrounds whose purpose is the same – fasting and praying for a historic breakthrough in the country.
By Holly Jo Linzay, Regional reporter Two long-term directors of missions may be retiring from their positions, but both Bert Langley and Clovis Sturdivant said they will not be retiring from ministry. CLOVIS STURDIVANT WINNFIELD – Sturdivant, who recently retired from the position of director of missions for the North Central and Shady Grove Baptist Associations, first accepted the position in July 1996. “It was as much of a call of God as that of any church I have accepted,” Sturdivant said about his role as director of missions for the last 18 years.
By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer SHREVEPORT – The countdown is on for the 2015 Louisiana Baptist Evangelism Conference. Hosted by Summer Grove Baptist Church on Jan. 26-27, the theme of the event is RESET: a Revitalization Conference. The conference will feature inspiring messages, high-energy music and a servant evangelism project. Former Southern Baptist Convention First Vice-president and past Florida Baptist Convention President Ted Traylor will preach the first message of the Evangelism Conference.
By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer SHREVEPORT – Some held up colorful signs that read “Stop Abortion Now” and “Defend The Defenseless.” Others just simply walked alongside their spouses, children and friends during the 1.2 mile journey from Bossier City to Shreveport. But despite their method of getting across their emotions, their message was all the same – stand up for those who have yet to be born. Nearly 7,000 people from various denominations, ages and races turned out for the second Louisiana Life March North on a mild January morning.
By John Kyle, LBC Communications Director Upon assuming the position of Executive Director on Feb. 1, 2005, David Hankins knew his new responsibilities would present challenges and opportunities – he just didn’t know they would come so quickly as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated much of south Louisiana during his first year. Hankins was elected unanimously by the Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Board to be the Executive Director of the LBC in October, 2004. He officially assumed his duties on Feb. 1, 2005.
By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer Editor’s Note: January is human trafficking month. Kay Bennett believes the power of prayer can transform Interstate 10 from the highest-rated corridor for sex trafficking to one of the least trafficked, one interstate mile at a time.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Farmers and missions enthusiasts from across the state will gather to learn how missions and agriculture work together during the Agricultural Missions Fellowship Annual Meeting. Scheduled for Jan. 31 at Amite Baptist Church, topics include the challenge to feed earth’s growing population, agricultural missions needs in Bosnia, Haiti and Uganda and agricultural missions’ importance. For more information contact Gene Baker at 225-665-6515 or email@example.com.