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June 2, 1999




Baptist Briefs
___bluebull Baptist volunteer dies. Kelley Shelton, 34, died May 16 after an accident on Tennessee's Ocoee River May 10. Shelton, of the North American Mission Board's Mission Service Corps, was participating in an outing of the Tennessee chapter of the Baptist Association of Resort and Leisure Ministries. She was on life support at Bradley Memorial Hospital, Cleveland, Tenn., until it was removed by her family. Shelton, along with her husband, Jeff, were Southern Baptist volunteers with Smoky Mountain Resort Ministries based in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
___bluebull Cox to be nominated. Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church of Atlanta, will be nominated for first vice president of
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WINNERS in this year's statewide youth speakers tournament and Bible drill are shown with Eric Williams (center), discipleship training coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Youth speaker tournament winners (left) are Rachel Leal of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, second place; and Ryan Reitzammer of North Oaks Baptist Church in Spring, first place. Bible drill winners (right) are Matthew Armstrong of Nims Baptist Church in Conroe, second place; and Amy Hopson of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, first place.
the Southern Baptist Convention, according to James Merritt of Atlanta, who intends to nominate him during the SBC's annual meeting in Atlanta June 15-16. Merritt is pastor of First Baptist Church of Snellville, Ga., and current chairman of the SBC Executive Committee.
___bluebull Yugoslavian Baptists appeal for help. Two Baptist groups in Yugoslavia have appealed to Baptist leaders in the West to support them by opposing NATO air strikes against their country. Leaders of the Baptist Churches in Serbia and the Union of Evangelical Christian Baptists in Federal Republic of Yugoslavia issued a letter asking Baptists in Europe and the United States to publicly condemn NATO's "illegal aggression" and work for a peaceful solution in the Balkans.
___bluebull Moldovan church building destroyed. A registered Baptist church in Gelo Mengir, Moldova, had its partially completed building destroyed and a Baptist man injured by a thrown rock as a mob of hundreds of people attacked 20 people working on the church house. The incident reportedly happened on May 5 after the election of a mayor. Orthodox priests led the group to the building site. They broke through a fence and invaded the property owned by the church.
___bluebull Graham associate suffers stroke. T.W. Wilson, an associate and personal assistant to evangelist Billy Graham for more than 40 years, has suffered a moderate stroke, reported Ted Elmore, associate director of the Texas Baptist evangelism department. Wilson was in good condition in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital late last week, and doctors have termed his prognosis as hopeful, Elmore said. Wilson's address is P.O. Box 877, Montreat, N.C. 28757.
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