Wednesday – Baptist Press

February 25, 2008

TENNESSEE–LifeBoxes show soldiers that churches care. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27486

TENNESSEE–Soldier: LifeBox made a difference. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27487

TEXAS–ELECTION 08: Huckabee’s hopes in Texas no joke. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27488

TENNESSEE–Drought-stricken farmers get Baptist hay lift. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27489

VIRGINIA–Discipleship fuels new mestizo churches. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27490

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON (Thom S. Rainer): When ‘Kindle’ comes to church. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27491

February 26, 2008

GEORGIA–Church takes action after refinery explosion. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27492

GEORGIA–One disaster, many responders. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27493

GEORGIA–Memorial service honors sugar refinery victims. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27494

MASSACHUSETTS–Mother speaks for life after daughter’s death during abortion. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27495

WASHINGTON–Abortion doctor gives up license. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27496

INDIANA–NFL reversal shows value of taking a stand, pastors say. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27497

KENTUCKY–Mohler: Pew study should challenge evangelicals. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27498

LOUISIANA–FIRST-PERSON (Keith Manuel): Praying for the unbeliever. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27499

Friday – Baptist Press

If you have been keeping up with Union University, you will enjoy reading these articles. I especially enjoyed the fourth one.

February 21, 2008

TENNESSEE–Union classes restart with optimism. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27463

TENNESSEE–Union to break ground for student housing. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27464

TENNESSEE–Union service marks new beginning. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27465

TENNESSEE–Precious possession recovered from rubble. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27466

TENNESSEE–Tornado unites Lady Bulldogs, rivals. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27467

TENNESSEE–Textbook donations exceed expectations. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27468

TENNESSEE–Collegians nationwide rally to help Union. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27469

TENNESSEE–FIRST-PERSON: ‘Union’ speaks truth in its name. http://www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=27470

Wednesday Baptist Press

IMB Worker Dies from Bus Mishap Injuries

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 | by Dea Davidson

BANGKOK, Thailand (BP)

Linda Lipscomb, an International Mission Board worker known for her ability to bridge cultural divides, died Feb. 14 in Bangkok, Thailand, from complications following a bus accident. She was 63.

The former nurse and her husband J.P. Lipscomb were spending their retirement years serving God overseas.

Four weeks before her death, in another part of Asia, Linda stood just inside the door of a bus, preparing to step off and walk to a coffee shop. Without warning, the brakes released and the bus rolled forward, throwing the 115-pound, 4-foot-11-inch woman to the ground. The fall broke her left femur and wrist.

Hours later in a clinic, the red-faced bus driver hunched over in his seat and squeezed his hands as he and a bus company representative waited to see her.

“He needs to lose his job,” the supervisor said to the Lipscombs. “How much money does he need to pay?”

“Nothing. We forgive you,” the Lipscombs said. “We forgive you because God forgave us. Please do not take his job away from him.”

In tears, the driver could not believe they did not want revenge. The police report noted: “Victim forgave bus driver.”

“You fall off a bus and witness to half the city,” J.P. teased his wife.

Linda was medically evacuated to Bangkok the day after the accident.

Her craving for coffee became a joke between her and her nurses. She would laughingly ask J.P. for his when he came into her room with a cup. As her condition worsened and she was placed on a ventilator to assist her breathing, she continued to request coffee. Dipping a finger into his cup, J.P. would place a drop in her mouth.

During the next four weeks complications set in and she took a turn for the worse.

“Linda knew she was dying,” J.P. said. “We never had any respect for death. Death is given too much respect. … The only way you can get to heaven is to die.”

Linda accepted Christ as her Savior at 13. Five years later, she met J.P. at a drive-in. Four weeks later, they were married.

God had called Linda to missions at 16, but she did not go overseas full time until decades later.

The Lipscombs were retirement age and members of James Memorial Baptist Church in Gadsden, Ala., when they responded to a call to serve overseas. They first did medical work in the Philippines, sharing food and water with people while telling them about Jesus.

Over four years, they saw more than 300 Filipinos accept Christ, 39 churches planted and more than 40 pastors trained. Yet that was not enough.

“Send us someplace nobody wants to go,” J.P. said.

A fellow overseas worker had been looking for a couple to take on the challenge of evangelizing an unreached city. The worker knew the search was over when he discovered the Lipscombs, with their straightforward evangelistic presentation and their gray hair — a symbol of age that commands respect in Asia.

“Guys, this is difficult,” the worker told them.

The Lipscombs responded enthusiastically over the prospect of being “in a hard place.”

Every weekday students poured into the Lipscomb home in their new city, crowding around their kitchen table as they studied English. J.P. always emphasized, “We teach from the Bible,” using it as a textbook to start discussions that often led to eternal decisions.

Friends remember Linda swinging her short legs over the back of a friend’s motorbike, heading down the road to eat at a street-side noodle shop or taking a trip to the countryside to visit a student’s family.

“We would get a text message from them: ‘Another member added to the family today,'” said Julie McClendon*, a friend in their area.

The fruit of Linda’s life backed up the advice she gave Julie to be unselfish, embrace every relationship and to keep telling “The Story.”

Being unable to speak the local language didn’t inhibit Linda or J.P. They frequented local markets, businesses and homes. In their southern drawl, they bridged the cultural divide through their dependence on God. Someone asked J.P. what language he and Linda spoke. His answer was “love.”

Friends said it was fitting that Linda died on Valentine’s Day. From her eyes that showed how much she cared to the effort she made to befriend local shopkeepers, she embodied love.

“Her idea was not to sit on the front porch,” McClendon said. “I think many in retirement think, ‘Now it’s my time.’ I don’t think it was about that for her. All of her time would be His, to give it to His service. That is how she lived.”

*Name changed for security reasons. Dea Davidson is a writer for the International Mission Board.

Wednesday – Baptist Press


2-19-08

 

I found these two articles very informative. They enlighten our hearts and minds concerning prayer needs for the Kenyans and the missionaries ministering to them.

 

KENYA–Displaced Kenyans wish for return to normal.

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27448

 

KENYA–Missionaries open home to displaced Kenyans. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27449

Tuesday – Baptist Press

All the articles published yesterday were very good. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

February 18, 2008

ALABAMA–Ala. town hit hard by tornado. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27434

TENNESSEE–ELECTION 08: Calls for unity increase within GOP. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27435

TENNESSEE–Criswell ‘share-a-thon’: $50,000 for Union. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27436

TENNESSEE–Jewish folk singer to Christian music matriarch, Lily Isaacs’ journey of faith. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27437

LOUISIANA–‘Invest in New Orleans’: Plant a church. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27438

LOUISIANA–Snow in New Orleans? http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27439

LOUISIANA–New Orleans woman a beacon of the hope she received. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27440

LOUISIANA–N.O. evangelism: Hardest thing is first ‘knock.’ http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27441

LOUISIANA–Personal trials prepare couple for N.O. missions. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27442

GEORGIA–FIRST-PERSON (Henry Blackaby): Ambassadors for Christ. http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=27443