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1999

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LESLIE SMITH from Calvary Baptist Church of Waco, director of the South Waco Elementary School Community Clinic, manages to coax a child in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico, to submit to a throat examination. Smith was part of a 29-member team from the Waco church that planted gospel seeds through medical clinic and Vacation Bible School ministries in Mexico this summer. The medical team saw 240 patients on one day alone. (Photo by Nathan Porter)
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Key church in East Dallas unlocks
big outreach to apartment dwellers
___By Ken Camp
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SHEILA JOHNSON leads an after-school program.
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___DALLAS--Christian Stronghold Baptist Church has a simple but ambitious goal. The predominantly African-American church wants to make a serious impact for Christ on its part of east Dallas.
___Accomplishing that goal means the church does much more than meet for Sunday morning worship.
___"There are 30 apartment complexes surrounding us. Our goal is to start Bible studies and kids' clubs in each of them," said Pastor Hal Johnson.
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Digital photos shed new
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___By Margie Wylie
___Religion News Service
___ROCHESTER, N.Y. (RNS) --Inscribed near the time of Jesus, stored in caves for two millennia and uncovered in 1947, a wrinkled scrap of leather stored in Teaneck, N.J., hid the key to an ancient psalm.
scrolls___The Dead Sea Scrolls fragment was almost more holy relic than historical artifact before archaeologist Robert Johnston and his fellow researchers came along. Using a digital camera and computer-driven analysis, Johnston's team did what is becoming increasingly commonplace--they made the ancient document speak.
___Out of a blackened patch emerged several lines, among them: "Blessed is the Lord who causes us to rejoice, for that is why you created us.".
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State Missions Commission asks for
study on relating to new groups

___By Marv Knox
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___The Baptist General Convention of Texas' State Missions Commission has asked the convention to create two committees to study the BGCT's relationship with unique groups of Baptists.
___Messengers to the BGCT annual session in November will be asked to approve a committee to study the "basis of associational formation" and another to examine the BGCT's "relationship with churches aligned with another state convention in Texas."
___The State Missions Commission approved the committee requests at its summer meeting in Dallas Aug. 19..
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