Retired Upstate pastor issues call for ‘Prayer Patriots’

Prayer Patriots, a concept developed by Alastair Walker, a well-known retired pastor, is something he hopes will become a national movement. The pastor emeritus of Spartanburg First Baptist Church and former state convention president believes massive participation in small prayer gatherings across the nation could be the last hope for America. “We are suffering today […]

‘The child comes first’ for newly elected Connie Maxwell president

The president-elect of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home says he will do everything in his power to be “an advocate for the fatherless.” Randy Harling, pastor of Simpsonville First Baptist Church, will become the next president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in September. He told his congregation May 18. He will succeed Ben Davis, who will […]

Upstate woman publishes Bible study on ‘God’s Words’

Pat A. Bishop of Greer has written a six-part Bible study that zeroes in on specific words found in the Scriptures: gentleness, servanthood, humility, speech and trust. “God’s Words Are Something Special” (CourierPublishing, $10.95) is designed to be effective across a wide spectrum of groups — men, women, singles and youth. The book draws on […]

The Watsons: One Couple’s Journey in Grace

Gary and Edna Watson plan to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary on Dec. 1 this year. They have traveled a road paved with blessings and times of near death. After their wedding in 1962, Gary was drafted into the Army in April 1966 and arrived in Vietnam in October of that year. On his arrival […]

Church-planting vision tour targets Halifax

Nestled halfway up the eastern coast of Nova Scotia is the booming city of Halifax. Famous for its natural harbor, one of the largest in the world, Halifax is known as the cultural center of Atlantic Canada. With more than 400,000 people living in Nova Scotia’s capital, the need for evangelical churches is great. Yet […]

Three Rivers Association breaks ground on mission center

On June 1, Three Rivers Baptist Association broke ground on a 5,000-square-foot mission center. The center will house offices, meeting rooms, a conference center, disaster relief trailers and other outreach supplies. Much of the construction of the building will take place during July with volunteer carpenters from around South Carolina. The two acres of land […]

Connie Maxwell president Ben Davis awarded two proclamations

Ben Davis, president of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, was awarded two proclamations from the Greenwood delegation at the South Carolina Statehouse — one from the House of Representatives and one from the Senate — to commend him for his service at Connie Maxwell. Davis will retire in August. Pictured, from left: Rep. Shannon Riley, Rep. […]

SCBC releases May CP giving report

Cooperative Program gifts from churches forwarded to the South Carolina Baptist Convention were 2.61 percent behind budgeted needs through May. In May, churches sent $2,220,729 in CP gifts, according to information released by Pam Carroll, the SCBC’s chief financial officer. Receipts for the year were $310,467 short of budgeted needs of $11,875,000. At the national […]

Hundreds attend ‘Jerusalem Day’ in Spartanburg, Columbia

Writer: Mary Jean Baxley Christians United for Israel sponsored Jerusalem Day May 28 at First Baptist North Spartanburg and Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia. More than 250 attended the Spartanburg breakfast event. Mike Hamlet, pastor of First Baptist North Spartanburg, said the time spent with Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., and Sen. […]

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