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August 11, 1999




Baptist Briefs
___bluebull Reservations due for BWA. Time is running out for reduced rates on travel to the Baptist World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 5-9, according to Baptist World Alliance officials. U.S. travel agents for the meeting are Bryan Tours, phone (800) 647-5296, e-mail BryanTours@aol.com; Carlson Wagonlit Travel, phone (800) 654-4995, e-mail missionarydesk@mainstreettravel.com; Dehoney Travel, phone (800) 325-6708, e-mail DehoneyInc@aol.com; Global Tours, phone (800) 321-7798, e-mail home@-globaltours-inc.com; Travelink, phone (800) 227-5689, e-mail PJG1@-tvlnkavl.attmail.com; and Wilcox World Travel and Tours, phone (800) 438-5828, e-mail ready@wilcoxtravel.com.

___bluebull Campus Crusade adopts SBC family statement. The controversial amendment on family to the Baptist Faith & Message adopted by Southern Baptist Convention messengers in 1998 has been adopted by Campus Crusade for Christ as its official statement, Crusade officials announced late last month. The para-church ministry, based in Fort Collins, Colo., added a fifth paragraph to the four paragraphs adopted by the SBC. Its additional paragraph states: "In a marriage lived according to these truths, the love between husband and wife will show itself in listening to each other's viewpoints, valuing each other's gifts, wisdom and desires, honoring one another in public and in private, and always seeking to bring benefit, not harm, to one another."
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___bluebull VBS yields 60,000 decisions. About 60,000 professions of faith in Christ were reported in 1998 in Southern Baptist vacation Bible schools, a ministry that attracted more than 3 million people to churches across the country. According to the Annual Church Profile, an annual statistical report, 29,042 Southern Baptist churches conducted VBSes last year, enrolling 3.23 million children, youth and adults.

___bluebull Annuity Board says it's Y2K OK. Administrators of the Southern Baptist Convention's Annuity Board said July 26 the Dallas-based agency is using Y2K-ready versions of all its software and is prepared for the year 2000. "All applications running our primary lines of business have been tested with no known Y2K defects outstanding," said Ken Haynie, year 2000 project manager. "Testing of the retirement system was the last major task and was completed June 24 ahead of schedule."

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