Texas Baptists Urban Missions

Urban Missions

The three purposes of the Urban Missions page are as follow: 1. To point to resources that will help church leaders in urban, inner-city, and areas that are experiencing demographic shifts. 2. To highlight opportunities for others to join in the work in urban areas of Texas. 3. To be a place that will share prayer requests about urban church work in Texas. Please feel free to share those prayer requests and we will get them out appropriately.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:16‬ ‭
#scripturesaturday #identityinchrist

River Ministry Missionaries sharing about ministry and prayer requests during this time of change. Pray for all 17 as they try to continue to minister to families and those in need along the border and in Mexico.
#riverministry

Clay Jacobson, Strategist, found an App called Calendly he has found useful recently. He shares, “It allows me to send people a link where they can select two options to connect with me. It syncs with my Google calendar. Check it out in your App Store.”

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Where will you DO CHURCH this Sunday? Tag your church below! And give a little encouragement to your church staff!

We love our churches who are being flexible and inventive to get the truth of God’s word out to their church members and so many others during this time!

Thanks for this word today Dr David Hardage!

This morning, Executive Director David Hardage shares about his love for church and the need for us to do church in new, different and unique ways during these days. He also encourages each of us to continue to be faithful in stewardship and giving. Have a great day and enjoy church this Sunday!

Missions Team all together today...well, in a way. We had a good meeting and are ready to help you, our churches, in many ways! Who do you talk to most on Missions Team?

“In a time when our core team is tired and we've been praying for people with servant hearts to come alongside us, a lady found our business card in a library parking lot. She picked it up and brought her kids with her to our gathering. Two weeks in, she shares her husband is not a believer. The next week her husband comes. He’s asking questions about Jesus and wrestling with the cost of becoming a disciple. Please pray with us for his salvation.”
- Ben Ellis, Cornerstone Church Ministries, Pasadena
#churchstarting

You know those seeds you send in for River Ministry Missionaries to use for Community Gardens? Here is what some are looking like right now! Email [email protected] and ask Gloria how to send seeds right now if you have them to send in!

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Check out what Dr Hardage has to say about one of our Missions Team ministries today - BOUNCE!

This morning, Executive Director David Hardage reminds us to pray for Bounce Student Disaster Recovery. Over Spring Break, 179 students and adults from 8 Texas Baptist churches served in the community of Waco. We are thankful for this ministry and the lives impacted by students willing to serve. Visit txb.org/bounce for more information.

Don't miss our Missions Team Newsletter that went out this morning! Great stories and needed prayer requests from the field.
https://conta.cc/2wQjcdV

Dra. Gloria de la Pena reports on one of the ministries she serves as a River Ministry Ministry and how it has changed with COVID-19.
“At the prison the visits are suspended for protection of themselves & the prisoners. Pray for them because they can’t even receive family or friends and it’s so hard for them. The Lord give them strength and faith and health in this hard time.”

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Check out today’s encouragement from Dr David Hardage! A word of hope!

Today, Dr. David Hardage encourages us to pray for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Also, join with Baptists around the world for a 24-hour prayer marathon with the Baptist World Alliance. More info is on their site at bwanet.org. May God fill you with hope as you go through your day!

Nicolás López-Merino, a third-year student at Baptist University of the Américas (BUA), helped translate the Old Testament into his people’s tongue, Amuzgo. Check out the full story at the link below.
http://bit.ly/2vE2y0N
#52sundays #bibletranslation

“for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:16‬ ‭
#scripturesaturday #identityinchrist

“We have chosen to spend the next forty days in fervent prayer, on our knees each day. I have received several amazing testimonies already. We have done some fasting and quite a few people have shared that they had never fasted before and it was very meaningful for them. Our people, truly, are praying like never before and we believe God is going to move like never before. We are claiming the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:13-15 and intentionally doing the things God said for us to do in order to see Him do the things He promises to do in response.”
- Mark Ford, GO Church, Ridgefield, WA

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“Preach the Gospel!” says Dr. Hardage... can I get an Amen! 👍🏻🙌🏻

In today's daily encouragement video, Executive Director David Hardage reminds pastors to preach the Gospel this Sunday, as many are listening and ready to respond. Also, draw strength from Ephesians 5:15.

We had 179 student and adults mobilized through BOUNCE from 8 Texas Baptists Churches to serve this Spring Break in Waco, TX. They constructed and installed wheelchair ramps, steps, and porches, as well as completing siding repairs and painting projects. Through it all they showed the love of the Lord. Read more about their BOUNCE experience here: https://bit.ly/3bpa66x

As churches & communities are forced to adapt to "the new way of doing church” in the age of the COVID-19, Tom Tillman, our director of Texas Baptists Music & Worship, shares some ways to help make the most of this strange situation through worship.

https://bit.ly/3afxlQi

As one of our newest MAP Missionaries, Larry Mayberry is doing a great job with his church start in New York. Check out his story & pray for his ministry as they navigate how to do church & ministry during COVID-19.
Read here: https://bit.ly/3dux65Z

Managing stress is vital for a healthy immune system. Check out this article for resources, activities and scriptures that can help you and your loved ones cope with stress during a season of social distancing. https://bit.ly/2vMBFb0

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May this message from Executive Director David Hardage encourage you today. Join us in praying for Dallas Baptist University today and watch DBU's chapel services Mondays & Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from their page. Dr. Hardage also shares from Psalm 46.

Here's a daily encouragement from Executive Director David Hardage. Join us in praying for Dallas Baptist University today and watch DBU's chapel service at 10 a.m. this morning on their page. Dr. Hardage also shares from Psalm 46. Let us know if there are specific ways we can pray for you as our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Texas Baptist Men (TBM) travels around the world helping people recover from natural disasters and other tragedies. Read about how they responded to the shooting in El Paso last year here:
http://bit.ly/2TJhfYk

#52sundays Bobbie Holliday

“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭
#scripturesaturday #identityinchrist

Discipleship Director David Adams gives practical tips for engaging with your small groups virtually and shares what scripture says about continual discipleship. With a little patience and practice, discipleship is possible from a distance. More info in the link below.

http://bit.ly/2WtCAYE

Our Pastors Network meets monthly at the TX Baptists offices. However, this month we went online & met for prayer. It was a good time of fellowship & community. Pictured here are some that were on the call, Diego Mota, David Foster, Junior Muñoz, Bobby Contreras, Michael Inman, David Miranda, Jordan Villanueva, & Danilo Antunes.
#urbanmissions #pastorsnetwork

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Check out today’s message from Dr Hardage. Did you miss some this week? Go check them out at Texas Baptists page!

Hear a word of encouragement from Executive Director David Hardage, ways to pray and a reflection from Philippians 4:8.

Some of our “at home work stations” for the Missions Team. What would/do you have on your work station?

BaptistWay Press is now offering free digital downloads of Faith > Fear. This quarterly Bible study is listed online for $0. Our hope is for this resource to help your church continue discipleship studies online for your small groups.
Check out the study: http://bit.ly/3b0SdLe

River Ministry Missionary Cristina Lambarria serves in Reynosa, Mexico & teaches ESL to children. Most are immigrants who are waiting to join family already in the US. Working on their English will help them be more prepared for school. She needs basic supplies. Contact Missions for how to help! They not only learn English, but about God's love for them. One boy recently gave his life to Christ!

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, we want to ensure that Texas Baptists take appropriate measures to plan, prepare, and protect people from the pandemic. In partnership with MinistryGrid, we are offering free access to a host of online resources that include videos, checklists, and sample pandemic policies for your church.

To get your free access to the entire MinistryGrid platform, contact our E-Training Equipper Danilo Antunes Vieira at [email protected].

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Texas Baptists - Ministry continues as Texas Baptist events are postponed, offices closed

In light of the CDC's latest recommendations, all Texas Baptist events scheduled to take place from March 15 through Apr. 15 have been postponed. Events beyond this 30-day window will be evaluated by leadership on a rolling basis.

In addition, Texas Baptist offices are closed for the week of March 16-20, 2020. Ministry staff will continue to work remotely and are available to serve our churches. New resources are available for churches including children's Bible study curriculum and online giving suggestions. Click to read more:

http://bit.ly/3d4BRD9

texasbaptists.org On March 15, the CDC recommended gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed for a span of eight weeks. In light of this recommendation, and in an...

This year, Hill College Cleburne’s Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) was able to send out its first mission trip. Read more about their experience and how your CP giving helps by clicking here:
http://bit.ly/2TygzWF
#52sundays #becauseyougave

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:7‬ ‭
#scripturesaturday #identityinchrist

David Miranda, MAP Director, is visiting our MAP Missionaries in Brazil. He also got to see new work going on in São Paulo where Church Planters are working to reach new people for Christ. Want to know more about the Missionary Adoption Program? TXB.org / MAP

Church Pastoral Centers (CPCs) provide a 42-week intensive training to prepare future Church Planters to start missional congregations. In 2019, CPCs graduated 32 people, bringing the total number of future pastors equipped through the program to 83! Will you pray for those in our CPCs?

River Ministry Missionary Jonatan in Reynosa started a Bible Study with 3 families in January. It has now grown to 50 children and 35 adults and they do not have enough chairs and tables for everyone. Please consider giving toward our Organic Church Starter Kit of $1000 to get the help they need? See details on flyer on link.

http://bit.ly/2xlT3DK

Texas Baptists has launched a COVID-19 page to share virus-related updates & ministry-specific resources across the Texas Baptist family. As you seek to minister & care for your congregation and community, consider implementing these ideas & suggestions: http://bit.ly/333LSf9

When you give to TX Baptists Cooperative Program you support Missionaries Randy and Anita ministering to students in the Philippines. Read more about their ministry by clicking the link below. Let’s pray that their ministry to thrive.
#52Sundays
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How many cups of coffee will it take to make up for the hour of sleep you lost last night?
✋🏻 if you are on the struggle bus this morning.
#daylightsavings #thestruggleisreal

“If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:16‬ ‭
#scripturesaturday #identityinchrist

Kidnapped on her 15th birthday, for her release, a girl had to give everything she had, including funds for her quinceanera. Ruth Ortiz & house churches got a dress, food, & decorations to give her a party. She was thankful to God for being present in her life. #riverministry

BOUNCE was blessed to help complete the renovation of the Fletcher House at Missions Centers of Houston in 2019. A great group of highly motivated middle school BOUNCERS tackled the project. YOUR STUDENTS can help this Summer in Houston - check out txb. org/bounce
Bounce Student Disaster Recovery

Don't miss the news! Our Missions Team Newsletter just went out yesterday! Check it out and sign up here: https://conta.cc/2wWYIQq

Give through the Cooperative Program to support STCH Ministries as they share God’s love with broken, hopeless people. Pray for counselors that come alongside them, restoring life & hope. Read a personal story of restoration below.
#52Sundays
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“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:17‬ ‭
#scripturesaturday #identityinchrist

“God was calling FBC Lorena to become actively engaged in missions.” - Read how this small church became very involved in River Ministry in Del Rio and how they encourage you to do the same.
#missions #riverministry
http://bit.ly/2voUvEP

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