For Jeff Lee, being present sometimes means staying away
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For Jeff Lee, being present sometimes means staying away

By Grayson Hester North Macedonia (commonly referred to as simply “Macedonia”) doesn’t loom large on the radars of many Americans. In the shadow of much larger and more influential European countries, this small nation near Albania tends to get overlooked. Whereas France and Germany, for example, contain internationally renowned metropolises, Macedonia by and large, features … Continue reading

Presence, Perseverance, Prayer and a Project: Lucien’s story
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Presence, Perseverance, Prayer and a Project: Lucien’s story

By Grayson Hester Lucien, better known by his church community as Dyak (“deacon” in Haitian Creole) has witnessed enormous change in the three years since his story was featured on the CBFblog. For one, Lucien’s home of Haiti has endured crisis after crisis in the last year alone—from the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, … Continue reading

Blazing New Trails on Well-Traveled Ground: Arkansas pastor recognized with McCall Racial Justice Trailblazer award
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Blazing New Trails on Well-Traveled Ground: Arkansas pastor recognized with McCall Racial Justice Trailblazer award

By Grayson Hester Preston Clegg, pastor of Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock, Ark., doesn’t like the idea of missing out on joy. In January 2019, Clegg joined scores of Little Rock residents in celebrating the inauguration of the city’s first democratically-elected Black mayor, Frank Scott. Having been friends with Scott long before the … Continue reading

Because Presence Matters: The Story of Jacob & Esau
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Because Presence Matters: The Story of Jacob & Esau

By Chris Hughes By the time twin brothers Jacob and Esau made it to Kampala, Uganda, the young men had already endured a lifetime’s worth of struggle.  As teenagers, they fled from their native South Sudan after the country gained its independence in 2011, and internal factions began fighting over control of the government. In … Continue reading

CBF field personnel Karen Alford brings medical expertise, love for people to West Africa
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CBF field personnel Karen Alford brings medical expertise, love for people to West Africa

By Melody Harrell Karen Alford makes people well.   As Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel in Vogan, West Africa, Karen’s training as a nurse practitioner is not only a credential, it is a calling. As she dispenses medication, she also dispenses education about how our bodies work, how recovery happens, how patients can bring their own … Continue reading

Directing Change: How Mission Oak Cliff’s Kevin Pranoto Pushes through the Pandemic
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Directing Change: How Mission Oak Cliff’s Kevin Pranoto Pushes through the Pandemic

By Jennifer Colosimo Last year, when COVID-19 changed most of the world as we knew it, it was the end of many businesses, not to mention careers. But while tragedy of all shapes and severity ensued, many nonprofit organizations actually grew. As the world’s economic system struggled, it seemed that a new spirit arose within … Continue reading

Rosalío Sosa heeds God’s call to minister to migrants, fight racial injustice, advocate for the vulnerable
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Rosalío Sosa heeds God’s call to minister to migrants, fight racial injustice, advocate for the vulnerable

By Elket Rodríguez Rosalío Sosa sat ringside when boxing legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield battled for the world heavyweight title in 1997. As millions watched the sluggers, Sosa waged his own fight, struggling with God’s call to ministry. Holyfield defeated Tyson, and Sosa surrendered to God, although he felt like the winner. Twenty-four years … Continue reading

Together for Hope-Louisiana leader Larry Foy looks to create ‘army of leaders’ to serve community
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Together for Hope-Louisiana leader Larry Foy looks to create ‘army of leaders’ to serve community

By Caleb Mynatt As a child, Lawrence “Larry” Foy lived right across from a church. He wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. At his childhood home in Winnsboro, Louisiana, when folks were at the church, Foy would go out the backdoor of his house to avoid even speaking to the churchgoers right across the … Continue reading