|YouthLink will stage
lasting Texas ministry
___HOUSTON--The messages delivered at YouthLink 2000 in Houston hopefully will live on in the lives of thousands of students who attend the millennial event. But the stage from which those messages are delivered also will have a continuing impact.
___About 25 tons of lumber used to build the mammoth stage inside the Astrodome will be donated to Texas River Ministry and Texas Baptist Men disaster relief efforts after the Dec. 29-31 event is over.
___The 104-by-76-foot tri-level stage was designed by Dennis Parrish, professor of communication arts at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. It was built this summer by a crew of Texas Baptist Men volunteers, saving event organizers an estimated $65,000
___More than 8,000 youth from 14 states already are registered for the Houston event, which will be linked via satellite to similar gatherings in six other U.S. cities. The coast-to-coast youth rally is a cooperative effort between the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources and Woman's Missionary Union.
Texans asked to
send love in a box
___By George Henson
___Churches across Texas are once again trying to see how much love they can stuff into a shoebox.
___Operation Christmas Child, coordinated by Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse ministry, unites thousands of individuals, families, churches and groups in sending gift-filled shoeboxes to children in troubled parts of the world.
___Participants typically fill the shoeboxes with small toys, hard candy and necessity items such as flashlights, school supplies and toiletries. Many also include a family photo and personal note in hopes of establishing a pen-pal relationship with the recipient. The boxes must be wrapped, with the top and bottom of each box wrapped separately
Wade outlines church-based
vision for BGCT's future
___By Marv Knox
___DALLAS--Texas Baptist churches provide the passion and the power for reaching their state for Christ, the new leader of the Baptist General Convention of Texas declared.
___Charles Wade described his "vision for Texas Baptists in the 21st century" at a dinner meeting of Texas Baptists Committed Oct. 25 at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. Wade, pastor of First Baptist Church in Arlington, recently was elected executive director of the BGCT. He will succeed Bill Pinson, who retires Jan. 31.
___The Texas Baptists Committed meeting is one of several venues where Wade recently has been invited to share his vision for the future. He also recently addressed pastors in the Amarillo area, for example.