Week of May 29, 2006
Prayer to undergird Crossover Triad
GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) – Crossover is only a few
weeks away, but Southern Baptists still have time to join in prayer
initiatives for this year’s evangelistic outreach.
Prayer opportunities for Crossover and the Southern
Baptist Convention annual meeting include prayerwalking and a prayer
room at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Block parties, street evangelism and door-to-door
witnessing are among the Crossover Triad activities slated June 9-10 in
Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, prior to the Southern Baptist
Convention’s June 13-14 annual meeting in Greensboro.
Prayerwalkers will be assigned to Crossover sites where evangelistic efforts are planned.
An on-site prayer room will be open at the
Greensboro Coliseum beginning Sunday, June 11, at 6 p.m. The room will
then be open June 12-14 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Volunteers will pray
for the annual meeting and for opportunities to follow up with people
who accept Christ during Crossover.
To join a prayerwalk, volunteer for the prayer room
or become a prayer partner, register online at www.crossovertriad.org.
Bus driver accepts Christ at NAMB service
HIGHLAND, Calif. – Seventy-one new North American
Mission Board missionaries and chaplains were strikingly reminded that
one doesn’t have to travel far to reach the mission field.
Between two Sunday morning commissioning services at
Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif., one of the two bus
drivers, Alfred Hinson, who had been busing the missionaries and
chaplains around all weekend, came forward to give his life to Christ.
The missionaries and chaplains – from 23 different states and one
Canadian province – cheered loudly for Hinson as they welcomed him into
the family of God.
“Sometimes during commissioning services we forget
why we are commissioning because we are so caught up in the service,
but this time we were reminded right away,” said John Yarbrough, NAMB’s
vice president for strategic initiatives, referring to Hinson’s
Baptist pole vaulter earns national ranking
BRYANT, Ark. – Spencer McCorkel recently set a
national junior-class record for pole vaulting at 17 feet, 3.5 inches
during the Arkansas Indoor Invitational. Currently a junior at Bryant
High School and a member of the institution’s track and field team,
McCorkel is ranked second among U.S. prep pole vaulters.
McCorkel said he attempts to set a “Christ-like example” during his competitions where tempers and frustrations often flare.
The Southern Baptist was featured in the April 2006
edition of Track & Field News, where he was identified as
“America’s next prep star” that “shouldn’t be.” Noting “the kid with no
raw speed, horrible long jump mechanics and a coach claiming the vault
is a bad choice for an event,” the News report lauds McCorkel’s recent
success. “McCorkel wouldn’t seem to have the right vault skills, but
there he is in HSR (High School Runner, T&FN) territory,” the
This summer, he will compete in two national meets –
the Nike Outdoor Championship and the USA Track and Field Junior