For 31-years Gina Sheppard, 52, has been the wife of Lee Sheppard, senior pastor of Mabel White Baptist Church in Macon. She is the mother of their three grown children, Matthew, 28, and 19-year-old twins Megan and Micah. She is also her husband's administrative assistant at MWBC and has been involved in almost every facet of the church's life since their arrival in Macon in March of 2009.
Many churches sponsor mission trips, but few go into gang-infested cities in foreign countries. First Baptist Church in Ellijay dares to be different and is seeking to plant a church in the midst of the nation's only major urban area.
For Georgia Baptist churches to catch the vision for reducing lostness in their state, they must first see the need. Highly informational materials - a DVD, prayer guide/bulletin insert, offering envelopes, and posters - have been prepared to assist churches in sharing in this mission.
Before Zahleih Cung Lan "Lante" Lal was born in Burma, his family faced a major challenge. In the midst of people worshipping trees, rocks, and evil spirits, his father was one of few Christians in the predominantly Buddhist country of Burma, which is modern day Myanmar. Fewer still were singing evangelists like his dad, who was the first to make gospel albums for the Falam Chin people.
Off Old Zebulon Road west of the city of Forsyth sits Camp Kaleo, Georgia Baptists' long-time Royal Ambassador camp. Thousands have gone there for a retreat or camp, only to come away with an itch. The good news is that poison ivy rarely causes the itch.
Scanning the headlines today can feel like a gauntlet at times, whether the news is from a local, state, national, or global source. The result of sin is easy to find, with the ramifications carrying on in a seemingly endless pattern.