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June 30, 1999




BAPTIST BRIEFS
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bluebull IMB taps Mills. Chris Mills, missionary to Madrid, Spain, recently was named associate director of International Mission Board work in western Europe. He will be based in Richmond, Va. Mills attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and received the master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Prior to his appointment in 1992, Mills was pastor of Covenant Baptist Mission in Fort Worth and Walnut Street Baptist Church in Nocona.
___bluebull Freeland dies. Estelle Freeland, an emeritus missionary to Nigeria and the Ivory Coast, died June 9. She was 74. A native of Cottonwood who grew up in Baird, Freeland was appointed as a missionary to Nigeria by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in 1954. After serving 12 years in Nigeria, she transferred to the Ivory Coast.
___bluebull Prayer partners sought. The Western Europe region of the International Mission Board is seeking churches with intercessory prayer ministries, mission groups and others with access to e-mail who might be interesting in partnering in prayer for the ministries of more than 250 missionaries. If you are interested in receiving regular prayer requests from Europe, send e-mail to DEBBIEKCOX@compuserve.com.
___bluebull Hearon elected. Gary Hearon, director of missions for Dallas Baptist Association, is the new second vice president of the Southern Baptist Conference of Directors of Associational Missions.
___bluebull Streich and Fannin elected. Bill Streich, a layman from First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls, and David Fannin, pastor of Nassau Bay Baptist Church in Houston, have been named as the Texas representatives on the Southern Baptist Convention's committee on nominations. This group nominates trustees for all SBC agencies and institutions.
___bluebull Choir director's daughter dies. The tragedy surrounding the June 1 crash of American Airlines flight 1420 continued to expand as 14-year-old Rachel Renee Fuller died from crash-related injuries June 16. The daughter of Charles and Cindy Fuller, was traveling with her parents and two sisters when the plane crashed in Little Rock, Ark. The Fullers were among 25 passengers from Ouachita Baptist University who were returning home from a choir tour in Europe.
___bluebull Missionaries now free. A Southern Baptist missionary couple charged in a fatal car accident is now free to leave the southern Africa nation of Lesotho. Gene Phillips, an emeritus Southern Baptist missionary serving a volunteer term in Morija, Lesotho, was charged with culpable homicide in a June 2 traffic accident in which a pedestrian was killed. In a hearing June 18, a judge in Maseru, the capital city, found Phillips guilty of a lesser charge of negligence and gave him a suspended sentence of a $32 fine or 12 months in jail. The judge freed Phillips and his wife, Jean, to leave the country and return to the United States, which they planned to do after June 28.
___bluebull Correction: An article provided by European Baptist News Service in the Standard's June 2 issue reported an out-of-date figure for International Mission Board aid for Kosovar Albanians in Macedonia. The correct figure, as of June 2, was $800,000.

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