With more Florence-fed flooding likely, S.C. Baptist volunteers remain on the scene

Although South Carolina was spared the worst of Florence’s hurricane-force winds and storm-surge flooding, officials are still concerned that heavy rainfall will lead to freshwater flooding along the Waccamaw and Little rivers in Horry County, and South Carolina Baptists stand ready to assist. South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers have deployed  to Marion, Florence and […]

S.C. Disaster Relief volunteers swing into action as Florence comes ashore

A South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief feeding team from Crossroads Community Church in Summerville has begun serving meals to first responders after Hurricane Florence came ashore Friday morning. Working in partnership with the Salvation Army, the Crossroads Church volunteers have set up operations at the North Charleston Coliseum, according to information shared with The Courier […]

Sept. 22 ‘Shake It Up!’ missions event is for 1st-6th graders

A missions event for children in grades 1-6 will be held Sept. 22 at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home in Greenwood. “Shake It Up!” begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. and will be “an exciting day of hearing missionaries, making a craft, playing games, participating in a service project and getting a glimpse […]

Meet ‘Juniper Jupiter, World’s Greatest Juggler’

Cherry Smith, a preschool teacher in Greenwood, has written and illustrated her first book, “Juniper Jupiter: World’s Greatest Juggler,” a delightful tale of an overly ambitious little girl who aims to be the best at everything. One day, Juniper discovers she has a talent for juggling. She picks up one object after another in her […]

Wes Church called as pastor of First Baptist Church, Columbia

From the “stirring” of his heart as a camper at Camp McCall to accepting the call as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Columbia, Wes Church’s life has been marked by God’s grace and providential leadership as he sought to be an obedient follower of Christ. In recalling that week at McCall, he said, “I […]

Robert Jackson: A Life Devoted to Disciple-Making

For most of his adult life, says Spartanburg family physician Robert Jackson, “I have been a disciple-maker.” The commitment to discipleship started when he and his wife-to-be, Carlotta, were students at Clemson University. Both were themselves discipled, and they developed a passion for reaching the lost and discipling those they reached. “Nobody had ever taught […]

In ‘Seed Planting,’ physician writes about practical evangelism

Upstate physician Robert Jackson has completed his second book, “The Family Doctor Speaks: The Truth About Seed Planting.” Scheduled to be released soon by Courier Publishing, the book deals with evangelism in a practical and down-to-earth way.  Jackson said this book is an “attempt to expand my outreach in helping people learn how to be […]

Edisto Beach church plant sues town for rental ban

A Southern Baptist church plant in South Carolina has sued the town of Edisto Beach for prohibiting it from use of its civic center. Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island filed suit Aug. 27 in federal court in Charleston because of a policy it says violates its free speech and religion rights guaranteed in the First […]

Baptist summer camps share reports of gospel-changed lives

Summer is traditionally a time when families and schools take a break, but it is a busy and spiritually productive season for those who lead Christian youth camps. Over the last three months, Baptist-related summer camps in South Carolina reported attendance in excess of 18,000. In addition, more than 2,200 children and youth made personal […]

Small groups, accountability key to effective disciple-making

Angie Keene, who volunteers as a small-group leader in her church, remembers how uncomfortable the teenage girls in her discipling group seemed to be when she asked them to share their testimonies. “All of their stories sounded the same,” said Keene. They all were raised in church and accepted Christ at a younger age and […]