Southern Baptist Response to Hurricane AndrewBefore the Federal Government, National Guard, Red Cross or Military responded to the devastation that was left in the wake of Hurricane Andrew, Southern Baptists were on the scene with food, supplies, and medical assistance. Most importantly, all the efforts were put forth very openly in the name of Christ. Between 50-75,000 meals a day were served by the Florida Baptist Convention's Disaster Relief Teams. These were assisted by volunteers from more than a dozen other state conventions. Similar efforts took place in Louisiana where Southern Baptists from 6 states assisted by, among other thing, preparing 190,000 meals for storm victims during the first 2 weeks of the aftermath.
Twenty-four Southern Baptist pastors in South Florida suffered damage due to the storm. Some lost their complete libraries. Grace Baptist Church of Cape Coral, FL has responded by sending each of these men John Dagg's Manual of Theology and Manual of Church Order, along with other books. Each has also been offered a complimentary subscription to the Founders Journal.
A New JournalThe Baptist Review of Theology is a semi-annual journal which is published by the faculty of the Central Baptist Seminary of Ontario. Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin is the editor. The goal of this new journal is "to provide a forum for theological reflection and discussion from an evangelical Baptist perspective." Cost is $18.00 per year. For more information write:
Central Baptist Seminary
6 Gormley Industrial Avenue
P.O. Box 28
Canada. LOH 1GO
Letter of AppreciationThe following letter was sent to the SBFC Planning Committee.
This letter is written to you to express my sincere appreciation for your hard work and dedication to the furtherance of the gospel through a Southern Baptist conference that promotes the faith of our founders. While I realize this gathering is primarily for pastors, I feel it is something through which all believers can derive great benefit. I want to express some of the benefits I have received:
As this is my second year to attend the conference, I arrived with a spirit of anticipation that I would be greatly blessed as I had been in the prior year. Not to my surprise I came away with a feeling of rejoicing in my heart, a renewed mind, and an uplifted soul. I can truly say with the Psalmist, "O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!" Time after time, the men of God ushered me into the throne room and I worshipped at His feet. What a marvelous blessing!
While I ponder and contemplate the messages at hand, I find myself falling on my knees and crying out..."Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there by any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." I examine myself and find there to be many wicked ways within me. Praise His name that He is a merciful and forgiving God!
Although my soul has been thrilled, my heart is weighted down with the heaviest of burdens and feels as if it would at any moment break into a thousand pieces as I think of all the lost and dying souls in the world! It seems too great a task, an overwhelming mission--nevertheless, my Lord has commanded me to go and that is what I must do. The time spent last week has reinforced this in my mind and heart. O that I would be a faithful servant to do His will!
It seems an incredible and amazing thing to think that just a year ago I was living in darkness without even a will to go on living! Yet today I sit here writing to you having seen the brilliant splendor of the Lord Jesus Christ. Truly the Lord is my light and my salvation without whom there would be no hope. It is my greatest desire to share the joy of this light with others. Your endeavors this past week have been mighty in the promotion of the Kingdom of God. I will use my experiences to implore others to come and hear the proclamation of God's word.
Finally, I am writing this letter to encourage you in the faith, to be strong and not to grow weary in well doing. We, as the flock, must realize that our shepherds do become discouraged and weary at times. I will lift your name before the Lord that He would give you strength, wisdom and boldness in your labors on behalf of Him.