Mud, mold and prayer: Arkansas Baptist college students help Hurricane Harvey victims

TEXAS – Last year, Adam Venters remembers sludging through 8 feet of flood damage in his in-laws’ Louisiana home. “It was heartbreaking,” said the Assistant Baptist Campus Minister at Metro Baptist Collegiate Ministry in Little Rock. So when the call came from Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas, to help Hurricane Harvey victims, Venters felt…

Explore Your Call: students sensing a call to ministry attend Sept. 19 training event

FAYETTEVILLE – ”If you don’t love people, do not go into the ministry,” said Aaron Matthews, senior pastor at First Baptist Church Lowell. Along with a panel of two women and two men, Matthews addressed a crowd of high school and college students–possible future church planters, pastors and missionaries– who sensed a call to the…

Buying milk, writing Bible studies: for nearly 20 years, FBC Russellville ministers to international students

Lisa Falknor     For many of the 449 international students at Arkansas Tech University, church members at First Baptist Church (FBC) Russellville are the first Americans they meet. Especially at the start of a semester, the members help students get settled into university life and into the daunting reality of living in another country.…

The Cure for Anxiety

The heading in my Bible right above Matthew 6:25-34 reads, “The Cure for Anxiety.” Being all too familiar with the sickness anxiety brings to my soul and body, this heading caught my attention not too long ago. Anxiety is a hidden killer. Instead of it causing one to walk around with a limp, a cane, or…

Full-time ministry to internationals: Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro

by Lisa Falknor Grey Falanga, college minister at Walnut Street Baptist Church, snapped a photo of 21 handwritten Christian phrases. “I was dumbfounded by what I saw,” he said. Typical Sunday school answers like “Jesus is God’s Son”  and “Mankind needs Jesus to be saved” were penned not by Christians but by Hindus and Atheists.…