Immigrants witness “miracle,” thanks to Hearts4Kids & CBF’s coronavirus fund
bold faith / COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Immigrants witness “miracle,” thanks to Hearts4Kids & CBF’s coronavirus fund

By Marv Knox When the COVID-19 pandemic forced many nonprofits in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley to shut down, Hearts4Kids rallied volunteers to take up the slack. And thanks to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship donors, the CBF Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund fueled the effort for almost a month. “H4K’s mission is to stay committed and focused to … Continue reading

Together for Hope participates in Relay of Kindness and Models Collaboration
Featured / Missions / Together for Hope

Together for Hope participates in Relay of Kindness and Models Collaboration

By Jennifer Colosimo A story’s most profound message most often comes from the people who lived it. So, in the case of the first Relay of Kindness, hearing it called “a story of collaboration,” transfers the focus of the story from numbers to people, from statistics to hearts and hands. Those words come from Mark … Continue reading

El Huracán Hanna añade miseria a los efectos del COVID-19 en el Valle del Río Grande
COVID-19 / Disaster Response / Espanol

El Huracán Hanna añade miseria a los efectos del COVID-19 en el Valle del Río Grande

Por Elket Rodríguez El huracán Hanna dejó una estela de devastación al pasar el pasado 25 de julio por el Valle del Río Grande de Texas. Hanna arrojó más de 15 pulgadas de lluvia en la región cercana al Golfo de México, inundando severamente las zonas rurales y las colonias. Los impetuosos vientos de Hanna … Continue reading

Rio Grande Valley churches adapt ministries to serve suffering neighbors
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest

Rio Grande Valley churches adapt ministries to serve suffering neighbors

By Elket Rodríguez COVID-19 not only tests the limits of medical care, economic endurance and society’s willpower, but also congregations’ ability to meet burgeoning needs all around them. Three pastors from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley experience the pandemic’s stress on their churches and communities every day. Ivan De León of Iglesia Vino Nuevo—New Wine Church—in … Continue reading

Patricia Wilson to become CBF Moderator-Elect at virtual General Assembly
Assembly 2020 / Newsroom

Patricia Wilson to become CBF Moderator-Elect at virtual General Assembly

June 17, 2020 By Aaron Weaver DECATUR, Ga.— A Baylor University law professor and lay leader deeply involved in CBF is the nominee to become the next Moderator-Elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at the upcoming virtual General Assembly, June 25-26. The CBF Nominating Committee has selected Patricia Wilson to serve as Moderator-Elect in 2020-2021. … Continue reading

Border pastors’ spouses provide the foundation of their immigrant ministries
advocacy / COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration / refugees

Border pastors’ spouses provide the foundation of their immigrant ministries

By Elket Rodríguez The pastors on the front lines of Fellowship Southwest’s Immigrant Relief Ministry do not labor alone. Their strongest allies—their spouses—support, encourage and fortify them as they fight hunger, deprivation, exploitation, injustice and vulnerability all along the U.S.-Mexico border. These women’s tenacity, commitment and passion is unparalleled. They willingly sacrifice most of their … Continue reading

Share Abundant Life—Through education focus, CBF’s Karen Morrow extends hope and hospitality to refugees in Fort Worth 
Feature / Field Personnel / Missions / offering for global missions / refugees

Share Abundant Life—Through education focus, CBF’s Karen Morrow extends hope and hospitality to refugees in Fort Worth 

By Blake Tommey In recent years, immigration has become a central and often divisive issue in American public life. Central American migrants, weary of violence and coercion in their home countries, have brought this pressing issue to our nation’s doorstep. To confront this challenge, people of faith across the United States, including Cooperative Baptists, have traveled hundreds … Continue reading

Texas BWIM offers online Bible studies
bold faith / COVID-19 / women in ministry

Texas BWIM offers online Bible studies

WORTH, Texas—Texas Baptist Women in Ministry will offer Ministry EDGE Bible Studies for women of all ages, including high school students, beginning May 15. Tia Kim, a veteran minister, will teach the online studies on the Zoom  video conferencing  platform. The new Ministry EDGE (Every Day Godliness and Excellence) project is an answer to prayer, … Continue reading

Despite viral pandemic, border pastors persist in ministry to refugees
COVID-19 / Fellowship Southwest / immigration

Despite viral pandemic, border pastors persist in ministry to refugees

By Marv Knox Compassion and concern, faith and fear, respect and resolve crackled across the country as pastors who comprise Fellowship Southwest’s ministry to asylum seekers talked on the phone March 25. They spent almost two hours telling each other about their work with refugees on the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as their concerns for … Continue reading

Fellowship Southwest partner Lorenzo Ortiz stays behind closed border
COVID-19 / Fellowship! Magazine / immigration

Fellowship Southwest partner Lorenzo Ortiz stays behind closed border

By Marv Knox NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO—Lorenzo Ortiz, a Texas pastor who operates three immigrant shelters in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, stayed behind when the U.S. and Mexican governments closed the border to all “nonessential” travel at midnight Saturday, March 21. Mutual concern about the transmission of COVID-19 led U.S. and Mexican policymakers to shut down border … Continue reading