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April 2003 News & Information for Ministry from LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention 5 YEARS OF FAITH Bobby Welch reflects on past 5 years, looks ahead to where FAITH can go CHURCH PLANTING IN WISCONSIN Not for the faint of heart ON-LINE BIBLE REFERENCE Help is just a click away CAMP RIDGECREST 75 years of ministry, fun PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE From my heart to yours What if Annie Armstrong had e-mail? M ost Southern Baptists know Annie Armstrong as a name attached to the annual offering collected during Easter in support of missionaries commissioned by the North American Mission Board. Few know of the Annie Armstrong who made sure Southern Baptists not only knew of the deep spiritual needs around the world, but did something about it. Armstrong, or “Miss Annie” as she often was called, didn’t receive Jesus as Savior until she was 19, but once she made that commitment she determined to KENT HARVILLE make His name known among the nations. She is best known for receiving Lottie Moon’s now famous letter from China during the late 1800s asking for workers to come to the spiritually famished country. Moon asked, “How many million more souls are to pass into eternity without having heard the name of Jesus?” James T. Draper Jr. President, LifeWay Christian Armstrong (1850-1938) took the question to heart and determined that more Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention people would hear the name of Jesus because Southern Baptists went as missionaries, prayed for missionaries and the people of the world and gave to the missions effort. She copied Moon’s letters and sent them across the country so churches had a first-hand account of how God was moving in China. But she also wrote many of her own letters–18,000 in 1893 alone. Her letters were filled with conviction that more could and should be done in our missions effort. It was Armstrong who led Southern Baptist women to found Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) in 1888. WMU is now the largest Protestant organization for women in the world, with a membership of approximately one million. WMU also was the first and remains the largest body of organized laity in the Southern Baptist Convention. It took big dreams by a determined individual in a day of difficult communications and limited resources to mobilize Southern Baptists. By comparison we are people of great wealth and instantaneous communications. I’d have to believe that if Armstrong were alive today she’d still believe more could and should be done to support our missions effort. As Southern Baptists, we must take up her challenge to reach the world for Christ. This year’s goal for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions is $53 million, $3.53 for each of the 15 million Southern Baptists. What if we gave $100 a person? Think about the millions of people who come to this continent from around the world every year and are waiting for someone to share with them the gospel. Think about all the people born and raised in this country who are hidden in the anonymity of urban sprawl or isolated in the sparsely populated areas of frontier states like Wyoming and Idaho. Think about the people who live next door to you who need to hear the gospel. As you consider how you’ll support the North American Mission Board LifeWay@Heart is a periodic through prayer and giving, challenge yourself to be as committed to the e-mail message from LifeWay spiritually needy in our country as Annie Armstrong would be. She’d be President James T. Draper Jr., overwhelmed by the opportunities we have to make a difference. addressing trends and ministry ideas. To subscribe to the And think what she could have done for missions with e-mail. LifeWay@Heart mailing list, go to http://www.lifeway.com/form_ In His love, heart.asp. On the form, type in your e-mail address and name and then click on the “Subscribe” button and send. Contents From my heart to yours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Bobby Welch on FAITH’s first 5 years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 FAITH works in tiny church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Is your church ready for a disaster? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 On-line Bible reference site makes research faster .10 Wisconsin ministry takes deep commitment . . . . . . .12 Layman’s 30 years of prison ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 LifeWay • 24 FAITH • 4 75 years of camping . . . . . . .17 Church planting • 12 Tips for grief ministry . . . . . .20 LifeWay Canada is reality . .22 LifeWay doing OK . . . . . . . . .24 This & That . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 New releases . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 75 years of ministry • 17 On-line Bible reference • 10 April 2003 • Volume 49 • Number 3 Facts & Trends will assist pastors, church staff and denominational Terri Lackey, Chris Turner, writers; Kent Harville, visuals specialist; leaders in their roles of ministry by informing them about LifeWay Rob Phillips, director, communications department. resources and how they relate to current issues in Christian ministry. 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Facts & Trends PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE 4 FAITH “If you are looking for a certain kind of people, who look a certain kind of way, who drive a certain kind of car, you might not want to do what we’ve done here at Daytona Beach. But if you want to just cast out your net and catch any one who comes in, this will work.” — Bobby Welch ter of us being able to do that.” I t takes some degree of trust for anyone to fly these days, but for Bobby Welch, a million-miler Welch and Doug Williams began developing what became with Delta Sky Miles, it really FAITH more than 21 years ago takes FAITH. at First Baptist. Williams, who Welch is pastor of First Baptist now serves as a FAITH consul- Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., tant with LifeWay, was on staff and is the heart and soul behind with Welch at First Baptist for 17 the FAITH Sunday School Evan- years. gelism Strategy. “We started with pure EE Welch is willing to do all the (Evangelism Explosion) for sever- travel to spread the news about al years, then said this won’t get FAITH because, he said, he it,” Welch said. “Then we started knows without a doubt that cannibalizing that and baptizing FAITH works. it and got to what we called ES, “There was never a day in my which is the essence of FAITH. life I didn’t know that FAITH That was when we changed the would work,” he said. “It’s complete outline and started worked for 21 years and 42 se- over.” The result was the book, mesters here at my church.” “Evangelism Through the Sun- day School: A Journey of FAITH is a strategy that com- FAITH,” published by LifeWay bines evangelism and Sunday in 1997. That set the stage for all school. It originated at First Bap- the succeeding FAITH resources. tist, Daytona Beach, and was in- troduced to Southern Baptists Welch said that Williams is still five years ago by LifeWay Christ- heavily involved in FAITH train- ian Resources. ing: “He stays on the road all the time. I think he has done some In FAITH, teams of three peo- 70-odd clinics. He knows that ple go visit people and share their book by heart. He is a (FAITH) PHOTOS BY KENT HARVILLE faith with them. Visits can be mechanic.” evangelical in nature or may be ministry visits to other church Welch said his friendship with members. Williams has been one of the “greatest blessings of my life. It Welch called the past five years about killed me when he left and an “overwhelming blessing. We retired to Alabama. It’s to Life- have the potential to do twice as Above: Bill Page, pastor of Crittenden (Ky.) Baptist Way’s credit that they brought Church takes notes during a clinic session. much. I know we can train twice him on as a consultant.” Below: LifeWay’s Shelby Smith, left, introduces as many churches. It’s just a mat- Craig Walker during the celebration time. April 2003 5 Worldwide FAITH clinics have been held in: • Germany, New Zealand, Ecuador, Venezuela, Japan, Brazil and Singa- pore Five-Year FAITH Clinic Statistics • Clinics held — 351 PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE • Time the gospel was presented — 18,100 • Professions of faith — 4,181 • Prospects discovered — 3,581 Elden Cerveny, of Gulfview Grace Brethren Church in Port Richey, Fla., reports on his Number of churches FAITH team’s visit to LifeWay’s James Walker during the celebration time at the National involved in FAITH: FAITH Institute in Daytona Beach, Fla. 1998 — 1,428 1999 — 3,356 The act of going out and he said. “Well, I say just throw 2000 — 5,079 knocking on doors is key to those books in the road!” 2001 — 6,247 FAITH. Safety and fear issues, The road is something Welch 2002 — 6,834 gated communities and knows well. He is constantly apartment complexes traveling, spreading the word with no solicitation about FAITH and being an en- policies present ob- courager to those learning stacles to unan- about it. nounced visits, but Each year LifeWay hosts four according to National FAITH Institutes, as CE G Welch, that isn’t LE B RAT I N well as clinics at local churches, the problem some where pastors and church mem- people seem to bers can come to be trained in think. the FAITH Sunday School “It’s such a tragedy Evangelism Strategy. Welch at- that there is this flow of tends all four national institutes information saying to religious every year and about 10 of the circles that knocking on doors clinics. On top of that, he does won’t work,” Welch said. other speaking engagements “FAITH flies in the face of that LifeWay arranges for him. that. It does work. We are Then, he also speaks at all the swimming against the tide awareness (informational) meet- against pollsters who say visita- ings. tion won’t work. “I average about three states a “You keep reading all those week,” he said. He’s among the books that say this won’t work,” Facts & Trends 6 FAITH FAITH Institute, Daytona Beach Results from January 30, 2003 • Visits attempted — 1,249 • Visits completed — 543 • Time the gospel was presented — 233 • Professions of faith — 79 • Enrolled in Sunday PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE school — 53 • Prospects discovered — 294 Spanish language Por Fe FAITH Institute, Daytona Beach David Fleming at First Baptist, Daytona Beach, baptized Simon Mollema during the National FAITH Institute Jan. 27-31. Mollema and his wife, Alice, were brought into the Results from January 30, 2003 church through FAITH. (Six teams visited) • Visits attempted — 20 few people in the country who God has blessed this church be- • Visits completed — 16 are million milers with Delta cause of this.” Airlines. • Time the gospel was Welch attributes the church’s presented — 12 How does Welch manage to willingness to let him do what be pastor of a growing church he needs to do with FAITH to • Professions of faith — 9 and be so involved with the fact that most everyone at • Prospects discovered — 50 FAITH on the national level? First Baptist has a FAITH con- He answers simply, “This is nection. the work the Lord has given me “It would be hard to be in to do.” His church understands this church and not have your this. life affected in To find out more, call some way by “As surely as the toll-free FAITH we send 16 FAITH,” he information line at said. “It’s hard to missionary (877) 324-8498 or go to teams out over- www.lifeway.com/faith. not see how seas from this FAITH has af- church, they see me going out fected your kids, to the mission field,” Welch your husband, someone you said. “Without this church see- work with, someone you like, ing this as a Kingdom work, I’d somebody you know, somebody have had to have made a very you’re dating. There are so hard choice long ago. I’d have many tentacles that are so wide- had to make the choice be- spread. It would be hard not to tween the church and this, but be appreciative of how God has I didn’t have to do that. I think used it.” April 2003 7 FAITH Georgia church with 5 members saw success, growth with FAITH A Georgia church with five members Bible School] in the summer. They are has seen success and more than 400 per- ready to start their fourth semester of cent growth using the FAITH Sunday FAITH.” School Evangelism Strategy. Owensby said his intention as interim Bethel Baptist Church in West was to take them through FAITH and get Point, Ga., was about to “lock its them ready, then to lead them to call a doors” two years ago with just new pastor -- one who was already five members left, said Tom FAITH trained or at least ready to go Owensby, a vocational evangelist through the training. from LaGrange, Ga. As the church grew and became more “I got a call from the director stable, they were ready to call a pastor. PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE of missions asking if I would be They called Kenneth Cole -- who was willing to come in for about six trained in FAITH -- as pastor. He is there months and see if I could help,” now, still leading the church in FAITH. he said. “I’m in evangelism full “People try to say that FAITH won’t time and hadn’t served as an in- work in little churches, but that’s just not Tom Owensby, a terim pastor before, but I said I true,” said Owensby. “It will work any- vocational evangelist would see what I could do.” where a pastor will lead and the people from LaGrange, Ga. Owensby, who had gone through will follow. FAITH Sunday school evangelism train- “FAITH is a tremendous ministry. You ing, decided he had nothing to lose by can’t beat it. FAITH gives the pastor a trying FAITH at Bethel. tool to put in the hands of laypeople to “There were three ladies at the church help them boldly and courageously go out who were determined the church was not and share their faith,” he said. going to close and they agreed to go Owensby, who is now serving as interim through the FAITH training,” he said. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Butler, “I led them through the 16 weeks and Ga., and about 400 other people attend- they were faithful. Once a week I would ed the National FAITH Institute in Day- take two of the ladies and my wife would tona Beach, Fla., Jan. 27-31, sponsored by go with the other one,” Owensby said. LifeWay. “The ladies were a little shy, but they FAITH is a strategy that combines evan- went out every week. We were quite a site gelism and Sunday school. It originated at walking down the busy highway with cars First Baptist, Daytona Beach, and was in- whooshing by us doing those FAITH sur- troduced to Southern Baptists five years veys.” ago by LifeWay. But they visited, shared, took FAITH To learn more, contact Owensby at opinion polls and the church began to firstname.lastname@example.org. To find grow. out more about the FAITH Sunday Now, more than a year later, Bethel School Evangelism Strategy, go to Baptist Church runs between 40 and 50 www.lifeway.com/faith, or call the toll-free in church, Owensby said. “Now they have FAITH information line at (877) 324- a choir and ushers. They are financially 8498. sound. They have youth and children’s programs going. They do VBS [Vacation Facts & Trends 8 Church Administration Are you ready for disaster? These 10 tips can help your church be prepared in the event of an emergency By Brooks Faulkner I f a major tragedy or act of violence occurred in your community, would your church be prepared to re- spond? Could you mobilize quickly to respond to the needs? Here are a few practical suggestions for putting together a thorough, practical response to a major emergency in your community. 1. Mobilize a team that will be responsible for contacting appropriate federal, state and local authorities. This team should have no more than five people. Team members should carry these phone numbers with them at all times. 2. Appoint one person to contact your senator or representative to request guidance in obtaining federal assistance. 3. Appoint one person to contact local ministerial association lead- ers, who in turn will contact appropriate ministers, chaplains and counselors competent and willing to serve in an emergency. 4. Make plans within your church or in conjunction with other area churches for possible disaster relief assistance. Several years ago when forest fires were raging near LifeWay’s Glo- rieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, N.M., Glorieta took care of more than 200 families. This required the provision of basic needs such as beds, food and children’s games. 5. Prepare identification badges in advance to help team members identify who should have immediate access to a disaster scene. 6. Determine counseling areas in advance. 7. Prepare a communications response that includes hospitals and first responder medical teams and list the contact people ahead of time. The fewer people in the communications link, the quicker the response. 8. Identify fire department, rescue units and other local emergency units. 9. Set up a command post to coordinate communication and allot resources for the emergency. 10. Make listening a priority; advice is cheap. Encouragement should be honest. Hope is the basic need. Reality will be ballistic. Calm is needed. Brooks Faulkner is a senior pastoral ministry specialist in LifeWay’s pas- toral ministries department. PHOTOS PROVIDED BY BAPTIST PRESS April 2003 9 Bible helps are just a click away Russ Mitchell, a senior Christian studies major at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., found the Bible Reference Library beneficial and time saving. "The translation comparisons and reference dictio- naries speed my preparation time for classes and my work with weekend ministry teams.” LifeWay’s on-line Bible Reference Library http://bible.lifeway.com/crossmain.asp PHOTO BY JIM VENEMAN Facts & Trends 10 Technology By Brandy Campbell quality Bible reference materials. viewing any verse in any transla- The online reference library is yet tion, users can simply click a but- B ible study can be a daunting task. Maybe you’re a new Christian, and the sheer magni- another way LifeWay continues to provide biblical solutions for life ton to reveal a window filled with cross references to other places in tude of the Scriptures is intimi- online.” the books in the library where the dating. Or maybe you’ve been a Powered by Epiphany software, particular passage being viewed is churchgoer for years, but know the site contains the American mentioned or referred to. Imagine little beyond what you learned on Standard Version, Holman Chris- how much time it would take a the felt board in Sunday school. tian Standard Bible, King James person to go to a bookshelf, select But what if, in a matter of min- Version, New American Standard each book and search that book utes, you could take a Bible char- Bible, New King James Version for a reference to the passage they acter, King David for example, and Young’s Literal Translation of are researching.” and learn in what books he ap- the Bible. Designers of the site wanted to pears (17 in the Old Testament, “LifeWay’s on-line Bible refer- make the library comprehensive nine in the new), what his name ence library is a fully integrated, enough for preachers doing re- means (Hebrew for “beloved”), Web-based application that makes search for sermons or Sunday what he looked like (red-hair, it unbelievably easy for anyone school teachers preparing lessons, beautiful eyes and fair skin), and with Internet access to search and while also making it a tool that in short, the story of his life (harp study a rich library of Bible trans- laypeople will feel comfortable playing, giant slaying, prophecy lations and Bible reference books using in daily Bible study. fulfilling, war winning man after for free,” said Kendall. In the eight months that the God’s own heart!). In addition to the six transla- reference library has been up and With LifeWay’s on-line Bible tions of the Bible, the library also running, pastors, Sunday school reference library, all that informa- contains abridged and unabridged leaders and laypeople have already tion and more is just a mouse versions of Matthew Henry’s clas- expressed their satisfaction with click away. The feature, which sic commentary notes, two devo- the tool. can be found on LifeWay.com in tionals, three Bible dictionaries, Elizabeth Holden, a member of the tools area, was added to the Strong’s concordance, Thomp- MacNeill Baptist Church in On- site in conjunction with Beth son’s chain referencing and a cross tario, Canada, first used the li- Moore’s online Bible study, “Be- referenced list of Bible prophecies brary for the “Believing God” lieving God.” Since then, approx- linked to the passages that show study. imately 410,000 users have visited their fulfillments. There are tools “I found this to be an excellent the library, viewing more than for word study, which allows Bible study tool, especially for five million pages. those without Greek or Hebrew looking up the meanings of the “LifeWay’s vision statement training to understand the roots Greek words,” she said. “I have clearly outlines the intent to pro- of words and subtle differences had no training in Greek, but vide biblical solutions for life,” between the original language and that helped me to understand the said Craig Kendall, manager of the English language. Users can words better, and allowed God to LifeWay’s Web development choose to read books page by speak to my heart during the team. “It wasn’t even a stretch to page, or perform word searches study. It was easier to have some- realize the electronic application and cross-references. thing online that I could go to in of that vision should include of- “One of the reasons we refer to looking up the references to fering an online Bible library the library as fully integrated, is Scripture verses, rather than flip- which provides the world with ac- the built-in and automatic cross ping through my Bible.” cess to Bible translations and referencing,” said Kendall. “When April 2003 11 This Macedonian call led Texas workers to Wisconsin ministry Calvary Baptist Church pastor Dave Wedekind left a ministry in Texas to begin new work in Wisconsin. He and his wife, Jeanne, said they knew God was leading them north. PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE Facts & Trends 12 Church planting By Rob Phillips plants go, according to Hansen, be- sin. The Minnesota-Wisconsin cause Calvary immediately offered Baptist Convention and the North I t was Dave Wedekind’s Mace- donian call. The minister of mis- sions at Birchman Baptist Church a full slate of services – Sunday school, discipleship training and American Mission Board also pro- vide funding and training. “Calvary in Fort Worth, Texas, listened in- worship – and because Calvary had is blessed with a broad base of fi- tently one Sunday as Dennis no sponsors. But it had a congrega- nancial and spiritual support,” said Hansen, director of missions for tion in which nearly every member Hansen. “That’s key in a pioneer the Bay Lakes Baptist Association had church-planting experience – mission area like this.” in Wisconsin, challenged the Birch- including chairman of deacons Born in northern Illinois and man congregation to “cross over … Robert Phillips, who helped start southern Wisconsin, respectively, and help!” the first Southern Baptist church in Dave and Jeanne Wedekind under- “It was a clear call from God,” northeastern Wisconsin nearly 50 stand the cultural challenges that said Wedekind, who with his wife, years ago. face Southern Baptists in Wiscon- Jeanne, had surrendered to the Support eventually came from a sin – a strong Catholic base, skepti- ministry only a short time before. variety of sources, most notably cism of anything “southern,” and a “We knew God was leading us Highland Crest Baptist Church in stubborn insistence that being a north.” Green Bay, which became Calvary’s Christian is based on what you do, To DePere, Wis., to be precise, sponsor and whose pas- where the Wedekinds helped plant tor, Jim Downs, provid- Calvary Baptist Church in 2001, ed mentoring and sup- and where today they use LifeWay port. He and Wedekind resources to reach out to a popula- continue to meet once a tion of mostly northern European month. “Dave has a descent, steeped in religious tradi- strong sense of call to be tion but resistant to the gospel. here,” Downs said. “And he has a committed wife. In fact, the Minnesota-Wisconsin Both of them are spiritu- Baptist Convention, just 50 years ally mature, and they’re old, is still a pioneer mission area self-starters. They know with barely 150 Southern Baptist what needs to be done, churches. In Minnesota there are and they do it.” 1,411 people for every Southern Baptist, the highest ratio in the Financial support also country, and staggering when com- comes from Birchman pared to the 6-1 ratio in Alabama. Baptist, the Wedekinds’ “This is not missions for the faint former church, and from PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE of heart,” said Bay Lakes’ Hansen. First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson, Texas, The Wedekinds and 15 others left through a partnership another Southern Baptist church in program with the Baptist Green Bay to plant Calvary Baptist General Convention of in June 2001. They began meeting Texas, which supports in the home of member Iris Buck- Jeanne Wedekind, right, visits with Pearl Sutton, who has come dozens of churches in ner, where they would stay for nine Minnesota and Wiscon- from Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband to work alongside months. It was unique as church the Wedekinds at Calvary. April 2003 13 • Volunteer opportunities. Mrs. Wedekind pitches in at a local hospital, and Dave serves as chaplain for the De- Pere police and fire departments. • Backyard Bible Clubs. LifeWay’s Back- yard Bible Club curriculum is simple and affordable. Calvary’s clubs have resulted in 17 decisions for Christ in two years – PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE equal to one decision for every charter member of the church. • Community involvement. Last year, Wedekind went to the Green Bay Plan- ning Commission and asked if there were people in the com- Sunday school at Calvary involves a lot of discussion. “We’re not a big congregation, but we munity his church Deacon Robert Phillips, upper understand that every life touches other could help. Home center, has been a teacher for renovation and fix-up many years. lives in a variety of ways each day.” projects resulted. The — Dave Wedekind Wedekinds posted not what you believe. As a result, South- signs as volunteer ern Baptist churches in northeastern Wis- crews from Texas came to help: “This is a consin average just 60 members – and partnership between Calvary Baptist even that’s up from 20 members a decade Church and Birchman Baptist Church of ago. Fort Worth, Texas,” raising the awareness People don’t flock to Southern Baptist of Calvary’s outreach. churches here, and that’s fine with the • Advertising. The Wedekinds placed a Wedekinds. “God’s call to us is to win the large ad in the Yellow Pages – a big expen- lost and disciple them,” Mrs. Wedekind diture for this small community church. said. “It’s not so much getting them into And the church partnered with Gospel your church, but going out and meeting Publishing to produce a bi-monthly evan- them where they live.” This is where the gelistic newsletter to 3,500 homes in the Wedekinds thrive and Calvary’s people church’s neighborhood. The newsletters follow their lead. Specifically, the mem- feature information about Calvary as well bers of Calvary use: as easy-to-read articles about faith in • FAITH opinion polls. “LifeWay’s Christ. FAITH training is a wonderful way to “We place a real emphasis on everybody share Christ with our community, and the doing their part,” Wedekind said. “We’re opinion surveys associated with FAITH not a big congregation, but we under- give us a good opportunity to introduce stand that every life touches other lives in ourselves to the community,” Mrs. a variety of ways each day.” Wedekind said. Facts & Trends 14 Church planting LifeWay products essential to church planting efforts D ave and Jeanne Wedekind of Calvary Bap- tist Church, DePere, Wis., say LifeWay Christian Resources is an indispensable partner Calvary also took a step of faith in 2002 when it in church planting. Their LifeWay essentials purchased a building in downtown DePere. The one- are: time grocery store and meat market was being used by another church, which closed its doors. Calvary’s small • The Family Bible Series for Sunday school. membership was able to put down $35,000 – nearly “These are wonderful lessons,” Wedekind said, all of it from its own church members. Birchman Bap- “and they provide a consistent, biblically sound tist then provided additional funds for remodeling and curriculum for all ages.” sent work crews to DePere. • www.lifeway.com. The Wedekinds order Despite its small number, the church thinks big on church materials online, get ministry helps and missions, pledging six percent of its budget to the Bay find out what’s new. They also used LifeWay Lakes Baptist Association and 11 percent to the Coop- Link to develop Calvary’s own Web site. erative Program. “Look what God has done for us,” • Undated Backyard Bible Club materials. Wedekind said. “We have to keep investing where “These are simple to understand and easy to God is working, and we can’t let ourselves get com- use,” says Mrs. Wedekind, “and they don’t cost fortable.” a lot of money. We have hosted Backyard Bible Looking toward the next year, Calvary wants to help Clubs in several neighborhoods – and in a park start four other churches in northeastern Wisconsin. just down the street from our building.” But, there is still work to do today. Right now, Cal- • Discipleship materials. Evening discipleship vary’s members are in discussions with a startup con- classes at Calvary have featured “Experiencing gregation of Hmong God” and “Sharing Jesus without Fear.” “It’s so believers and working important that our people be grounded bibli- with Hansen to enable cally and be challenged to grow in their walk the southeast Asian be- with the Lord,” explained Wedekind, who lievers to meet in their currently is leading Calvary members through facilities. The effort fits a study of “The Baptist Faith & Message,” their mission-minded published by LifeWay. vision. • LifeWay music and drama materials. “Our goal for this “We’re a small church that until recently building,” Mrs. didn’t even have a piano,” Mrs. Wedekind Wedekind said, “is for said, “but music and drama are such impor- it to be used to God’s tant ways to involve our people in worship, glory every day of the and the LifeWay materials allow us to use week.” CDs and audio tapes to enhance our live music capabilities.” Dennis Hansen, director of • Free stuff. “LifeWay helped us get started missions for the Bay Lakes by allowing us order our first quarter of mate- Baptist Association, said mis- rials at no charge,” Mrs. Wedekind said. sions in Wisconsin is not for the faint of heart with its ratio “What a blessing!” of more than 1,000 people for every Southern Baptist. PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE April 2003 15 Prison Ministry Layman celebrates 30 years of teaching LifeWay curriculum to prison inmates liberation – forgiveness and redemp- S unday afternoons in Packerland are normally spent glued to the television set or shoehorned into the tion through faith in Jesus Christ. “The biggest challenge is over- hallowed confines of Lambeau coming the belief that God can’t – Field, where boisterous cheeseheads or won’t – forgive them for what venerate one of professional foot- they’ve done,” says Phillips. “It takes ball’s most storied teams. But for time, patience and sharing the more than 30 years, Robert Phillips Word of God without compromise. has preferred another venue: the Unfortunately, so many inmates are Green Bay Correctional Institution. exposed to watered down religion, Phillips has spent every Sunday af- designed to make them feel good ternoon since the Vince Lombardi about themselves, rather than the era in this maximum security raw truth of Scripture that leads to prison, teaching the Bible. Scores of redemption – and that’s what they inmates have been won to Christ. really need.” Dozens more are on the waiting list Phillips is prohibited from bring- to get into his class. One inmate ing literature into the prison, except softly calls him “a legend around for his Bible, but he always teaches here.” The 79-year-old layman just the same LifeWay curriculum he calls himself “fortunate to be serving uses to lead his Sunday school class the Lord.” at church. He’s currently using the Calvary deacon Robert Phillips, left, has been going to prison every Sunday for more than 30 Phillips, a deacon at Calvary Bap- Family Bible Study series. years to minister to inmates. Prison chaplain tist Church in DePere, Wis., got his The questions come hard and fast Mike Donovan, center, and pastor Dave first exposure to prison life in the – about capital punishment, for- Wedekind lend support to Phillips’ work. late 1960s while servicing the facili- giveness, baptism, eternal security, ty’s heating and air conditioning judgment and a host of other doc- systems. He struck up a friendship trinal issues. Phillips encourages, with the chaplain, who was having prods, challenges and corrects, al- trouble answering inmates’ ques- ways careful to build up his fellow tions about non-Catholic doctrinal believers in their faith. issues. The chaplain invited Phillips No one in class today was there to help him, and he did so well the 30 years ago, when Phillips began. chaplain turned the class over to Most have been transferred to other him. He’s been teaching ever since. institutions. Some have died in The inmates come into the class- prison; others have been released. “Some of these men room single file, 15 in all – convict- Follow-up is difficult because the ed murderers, child molesters, state shares little information about will never see freedom, armed robbers – all of them now its inmates. “Some of these men will professing faith in Christ. They never see freedom,” says Phillips, but they are determined greet Phillips with a handshake, an “but they are determined to be used to be used by God embrace and a warm, “Brother by God wherever they are.” Bob.” While the afternoon sun may That’s what brings Phillips back wherever they are.” stream through the barred windows, every week, and keeps the waiting — Phillips reminding them they are captives, list long. Phillips’ message is always one of Facts & Trends 16 Ministry Milestone Camp Ridgecrest celebrates 75 years of ministry and fun By Mandy Crow I n 1929 when most of the country was dealing with the onset of the Great De- pression, Southern Baptists had reason to celebrate! That was the year they banded together to offer a new, and different, kind of ministry – Camp Ridgecrest. The camp celebrates its 75th summer this year with a little pomp and circum- stance, including an anniversary celebra- PHOTO BY POLLY HOUSE tion weekend in late July, sponsored by Camp Ridgecrest Alumni and Friends. More than 200 alumni are expected to at- tend. “Camp Ridgecrest began operating in 1929 as a two-week trial session,” said “I was at the 50th and 60th anniversary Strong friendships are formed Ron Springs, camp director. “It was so celebrations, and I remember just listen- at Camp Ridgecrest among the successful that they immediately began ing to all the memories and experiences campers. This group of guys planning for the 1930 season. Many of others share,” he said. “These folks were from the Sioux tribe spent days our camp families have made Camp the doctors, lawyers, teachers, ministers together hiking and camping Ridgecrest a family tradition, with second on mountain trails. These and others who were shaping our genera- young men follow thousands of and third generations now attending.” tions. I remember thinking what an awe- others who look back at their That tradition is also true for Springs, some privilege it was to be a part of a camp experience as pivotal in who began working at the camp as a place where God was molding the lives of their Christian growth. counselor 27 years ago. He spent his first not only present generations, but those to summer at Camp Ridgecrest in Cabin 1, come. I’m praying that God will allow me leading a group of boys that included to be a part of the 100th celebration.” Brad Johnson, now starting quarterback Trey Davis, a former camper and staffer, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this year’s now attending Wake Forest Divinity Superbowl champions. “He was a seven- School, describes the 75th anniversary as a year-old in Cabin 1, where I was the “big deal.” counselor,” Springs recalled. “My grandfather was a camper there in “It’s great for me to see campers attend- the 1930s and ‘40s, and my father was a ing camp now whose fathers or mothers staffer in the 70s,” he said. “It’s the only were campers at our camps when I first place that each of the past three genera- started here,” Springs said. “We have even tions of my family has spent meaningful had campers whose grandparents were time. As I grow older and more removed campers or on staff in the past.” from my parents, it’s so reassuring to have Chris Shirley, associate pastor at Wedg- things that we can share. Ridgecrest fits wood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, with who I am. It helps define me.” Texas, a former camper, staffer and associ- According to Springs, Camp Ridgecrest ate director of the camp, knows the im- for Boys and its sister camp, Camp Cre- portance of the milestone anniversary. stridge for Girls, are designed to provide April 2003 17 children, and what a tremendous respon- sibility we have to share Christ’s love with each child that attends.” Springs sees Camp Ridgecrest’s responsi- bility to share the gospel, along with its “Our goal is to show our campers that you can live a dedication to fun, extending far into the future. Christian life and have fun at the same time.” “Kids are rushed around all year long in — Ron Springs, Camp Director today’s world, and rarely have time to just campers ages 7 to 16 with a safe and fun- be kids,” he said. “Camp Ridgecrest and filled atmosphere that glorifies Christ. Camp Crestridge offer campers the op- “Our goal is to show our campers that portunity to just have fun and be a kid, you can live a Christian life and have fun without the stresses of school, home and a at the same time,” Springs said. “Our staff busy schedule. While our program is members are Christian role models for the structured and we have many activities boys and girls that attend.” going on, we feel we offer a non-stressful, fun, exciting atmosphere.” Approximately 1,200 campers partici- pate in the camps each summer, most For Davis, those exciting days at Camp from the Southeast. Almost 40 percent of Ridgecrest won’t be soon forgotten. Be- the campers come from Florida. Campers sides attributing his ability to interact and attend two-, four-, six- or eight-week ses- work well with other people to his experi- sions and participate in a variety of activi- ences at the summer camp, Davis also de- ties, including horseback riding, archery, cided to ask Christ into his life while at soccer, swimming, canoeing, weight lift- Camp Ridgecrest. ing, rock climbing, mountain biking, bas- “Ridgecrest is where I decided formally ketball, softball, tennis and other sports. to become a Christian, when I was a While sports and fun may be part of the camper in cabin nine,” he said. “It had Camp Ridgecrest agenda, Springs said the been a pretty shaky summer for me, but staff ’s foremost goal throughout the years the words of the staff were so alive and so has been to share the gospel. real that I felt them inside me for the first time. … In an age when families move “One striking moment for me in the around a lot and don’t have ties to a com- last few years was when a camper from munity or a church beyond the nuclear 1930s came up to camp to look around,” family, it’s nice to have a place like that.” he said. “He had not been to camp since then, and shared with me how much And that’s sure to go down in the histo- camp had meant in his life. ry books. “We went into the Lake Lodge, where all the camp pictures from the various For more information about Camp years hang, and he found the one he was Ridgecrest and Camp Crestridge, go to in. After 60-plus years, he still remem- www.ridgecrestcamps.com, or contact bered the name of his counselor. It was an Camp Director Ron Springs at amazing moment, and one that reminded email@example.com. me what an impression we make on these Facts & Trends 18 Pastoral Ministry Protect yourself during grief ministry These tips can help pastors minister to people who are grieving By Dallas Speight • Do I tend to ignore or spiritual- may vary from loss to loss. ize the losses in my life or those in M inistry to people who are grieving is not unusual for the pastor. It seems to come with my immediate family? • Do I allow myself and members Be aware that grief is cyclical. Unlike many experiences in life, the territory. Although it is a part grief is cyclical and not linear. Be- of my family to grieve their losses? of the pastor’s work, it is often spir- cause of this process it is not un- Failure to cope with loss issues in common to experience a repetition itually and emotionally demanding one’s life can become obstacles to and draining. of emotions within the period of healthy functioning and a compas- healing. For example, some may ex- Many are familiar with the stages sionate heart with caring for others. perience a variety of emotions more of grief and the process of healing, than once. These include anger, but seldom take into account the Be aware of the relationship to the loss. sadness and depression during the important work of taking care of time of healing. It is important to self in the process of this important In my opinion, the most helpful theory regarding loss has to do with give yourself the necessary time to ministry. grow through these varied experi- Here are suggestions for pastors the intensity and the relationship to the loss. In other words, you may ences during the grief process. when ministering to someone expe- riencing grief. experience the loss of a family Be patient with yourself. member, yet feel little sadness. It You, as a pastor, have a great and Be aware of grief issues could be that you had little emo- awesome ministry in helping others in your own life and ministry. tional investment in this relation- in times of their grief. However, the Death is far too often the image ship besides the fact that you were most effective caregivers are those that one considers when thinking related. who have walked similar paths and about grief; however, there are ad- On the other hand, a close pastor understand first hand the pain of ditional grief issues in our lives. friend may die and you find your- the loss, but also the victory that Some issues you might also consid- self emotionally distraught. In the comes in healing. er: relocating from one ministry lo- latter situation, you may experience May the words of the Apostle cation to another; adjusting to new a greater level of sadness and de- Paul serve as a reminder to you and schools and friends; loss of close spair than when a family member those you are called to serve, “We friendships; loss of a family pet and passed. For the pastor friend has do not want you to be uninformed, loss of a dream. Take time to think been just that; he has been one brothers, concerning those who are about the losses within your family. who “stuck closer than a brother.” asleep, so that you will not grieve Be aware of unresolved grief issues He has also been one with whom like the rest, who have no hope.” I in your life and ministry. you had traveled the path of min- Thessalonians 4:13 (HCSB®) istry together since seminary days. There are a significant number of You will miss the brief visits togeth- losses that each family will face er on the telephone and the occa- Dallas Speight from time to time. Additionally, sional humorous e-mail. Thus, it is is LeaderCare there are unresolved losses that can important to remember that you retreat counselor create difficulties. Though it might and I will experience a number of in LifeWay’s seem like a minor loss, little losses losses, but with significantly differ- pastoral ministries often add up and cause distress in ent levels of relationship. Because department. all our lives. Take inventory by ask- of those relationships the level of He can be reached ing yourself the following ques- our grief and the period of healing at dallas.speight tions: @lifeway.com. Facts & Trends 19 At last … LifeWay products affordable to our Canadian neighbors By Brandy Campbell issues have been pricing, convenience and “HomeLife” magazine from www.life- prompt delivery. Up to now when way.com: $1.22. Estimated shipping and churches ordered a church resource from handling from Nashville to Canada: our customer service department, they $7.10. International handling fee: $5.00. had to pay in U.S. dollars, wait for the Estimated sales tax: $0.11. Estimated product to clear customs and pay high total: $13.43, or shipping costs associ- $20.54 Canadian. ated with small or- Who would be ders.” willing to pay more However, LifeWay than 10 times the wasn’t ready to give original amount for up, and neither was a magazine, no Canada. So, after re- matter how good it is? What about one searching possibili- that more than likely will arrive well past ties, it was determined that the most ef- its publication date? Until recently, Cana- fective, cost-efficient way to supply dians had few options when ordering LifeWay products to Canada was to find a products from LifeWay church resources. Canadian distributor. Without a local distributor, customers Enter R.G. Mitchell Family Books, Inc., were forced to pay high tariffs and ship- a supplier of Christian and inspirational ping charges for items that often took products to the Canadian market for weeks to arrive after being tied up in nearly 70 years. Although R.G. customs. Mitchell, located in Toronto, Ontario, “For several years we have looked for had been partnering for several years a solution to the problem of provid- with LifeWay International, and with ing good service to our Canadian Broadman & Holman, the publishing customers,” said Jim Cook, manag- arm of LifeWay, they were not yet er of international sales at LifeWay distributing other LifeWay materials, Christian Resources. “The main including dated Sunday school items. Toronto, Ontario skyline Facts & Trends 20 LifeWay Canada “R.G. Mitchell was chosen for “We have about 190 Southern Benson went on to explain that al- several reasons," said Steve Blount, Baptist churches in the Canadian though LifeWay is a stellar represen- director, knowledge and channel convention,” said Cook. “This part- tative of Christian resources in the management at LifeWay. “First, like nership will enable them, plus thou- United States, the presence in Cana- us, they are a business that exists for sands of other churches, to have our da has not been as large because of the purpose of ministry. Their LifeWay resources available to them, the difficulties in distribution. prayer has always been that the as a support to their ministries.” “We feel the timing is perfect to products they distribute will touch Warren Benson, director of suppli- spread the recognition of LifeWay people throughout Canada and er development at R.G. Mitchell, Canada,” said Benson. “We are ex- leave an indelible imprint of God’s was equally excited about the part- cited to be able to bring respectable, love on their lives. nership with LifeWay. quality resources to the Canadian “Working with R.G. Mitchell will “The strength of our two organi- market.” allow us to have higher customer zations working together will cer- LifeWay Christian Resources has satisfaction in Canada than at any tainly be superior to trying to work continued to offer support to Life- time in the past decade,” added separately,” said Benson. “LifeWay Way Canada, sending experts to Blount. “Greater use of our re- Canada will undoubtedly help us Ontario, as well as hosting R.G. sources will impact kingdom growth from a pricing standpoint, and our Mitchell representatives at LifeWay’s and ministry expansion in Canada.” customers will not have to do men- headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., R.G. Mitchell will operate a new tal gymnastics when placing orders. where they were able to learn about unit under the banner of LifeWay “More importantly, it is a tremen- LifeWay products and go through Canada, Cook said. As LifeWay’s dous support to be able to work customer service training. exclusive representative in Canada, with a strong partner who has the “It is not often that LifeWay gets it has hired telephone customer ser- same vision,” continued Benson. the opportunity to partner with an- vice representatives and consultants “We are not only expanding prod- other company whose core values who will be representing all of Life- ucts, but also transferring a business mirror so closely those that we have Way’s church resources products to model, including systems, computer at LifeWay,” said Cook. “We believe the Canadian churches and individ- issues and logistics. The only word we’ve found one in R.G. Mitchell.” uals. to describe what is going on is awe- some!” April 2003 GETTY IMAGES 21 LifeWay holding ground despite sluggish economy • The inclusion of Scripture from the L ifeWay stands to see an in- crease in overall revenue for 2003, Ted Warren, LifeWay’s Holman Christian Standard Bible® into all Sunday school curriculum by the fall executive vice president and of 2003. The King James Version will chief operating officer, told still be available in selected curriculum trustees during their semian- lines. nual meeting Feb. 10-11 in B&H on schedule Nashville. with Holman CSB® He added, however, that first Ken Stephens, vice president of Broad- quarter revenues were down PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE man & Holman Publishing division, told across the board within Life- trustees the Holman Christian Standard Way’s business units due to the Bible® is progressing on schedule. sluggish national economy. “The entire Old Testament is all the The international depart- way through the third and final draft, ment was especially hard hit, and the final manuscript is due July 1,” Ted Warren, LifeWay’s execu- said Warren, with revenues deeply affect- tive vice president and chief he said. “The completed Bible will be ed by the continuing economic crises operating officer, addresses available in April 2004.” throughout many countries in South LifeWay trustees during their semiannual meeting. America. Retail division reports “Companies have been searching for strong holiday sales years for ways to deal with the fluctua- Mark Scott, vice president of the Life- tion in foreign economies and that is one Way Christian Stores division, reported of the challenges we face as well,” War- that despite a national economic slow- ren said. down, the stores achieved a solid perfor- mance in the first quarter of 2003. Trustees approve price increase Christmas sales were strong in spite of in Sunday school curriculum the fact the holiday season was billed as Trustees approved a recommendation one of the worst in 32 years for retailers. to increase by as much as 3.7 percent the The number of LifeWay stores has price of all dated and undated Sunday reached 115 with two more planned in school curriculum, effective in the spring 2003. of 2004. The actual price and percentage increase, if any, will be determined dur- Corporate affairs highlights ing budgeting this summer. conference centers, capital Gene Mims, vice president of the resource development church resources division, cited increased Mike Arrington, corporate affairs divi- production costs and unit declines as the sion vice president, reported that a com- reasons for a possible rate increase. mittee is continuing to study water avail- Mims reported church resource divi- ability for a proposed land development sion highlights of 2002, including: project at the LifeWay Glorieta Confer- ence Center near Santa Fe, N.M. • Vacation Bible School growth in sales and impact. Attendance at both Ridgecrest and Glorieta conference center should in- • Success with a new Beth Moore In- crease when renovations are completed, ternet study, “Believing God.” Arrington said. Improvements include Facts & Trends 22 LifeWay completion of year-round youth professions of faith. International department facilities and multi-level meeting Carter said LifeWay is working forges partnerships spaces at Glorieta. to alert churches and Southern in Brazil and Canada Web use increases; first-time Baptist organizations about the Luis Aranguren, director of visitors to Lifeway.com significant savings available LifeWay’s international depart- on the rise through the newly named South- ment, said in 2002 his co-workers ern Baptist Purchasing Alliance sponsored 549 leadership work- Tim Vineyard, vice president of (SBPA). shops that trained 57,428 pastors the technology division, said Formerly known as the Cooper- and leaders in 4,811 local church- more than 7.6 million Web user ative Purchasing Agreement, the es from 50 different denomina- sessions were recorded in the first SBPA utilizes SBC entities’ rela- tions. He said LifeWay now has quarter of 2003, a growth of 156 tionships with several large com- publishing partnerships with two percent from the previous quarter. panies, including Microsoft, Dell countries, Brazil and Canada. He said 350,000 of those were first-time users of the newly re- and Toshiba, to provide high- Officers elected designed lifeway.com site. quality software, hardware, equip- Trustees re-elected George ment, furniture and supplies to LifeWay mission trips impact Iwahiro, a layman and retired Southern Baptist churches and lives around the world utility executive from Honolulu, members at discounted rates. as chairman. They also elected Jim Carter, vice president of the Since its inception in 1998, the Roger Willmore, pastor of First finance and business services divi- SBPA has saved Southern Baptist Baptist Church, Boaz, Ala., as sion, reported 98 people partici- entities about $13 million, Carter vice chairman, and re-elected Tim pated in nine LifeWay-sponsored said. Marrow, pastor of Taylor Ranch evangelistic trips in 2002, result- Baptist Church, Albuquerque, ing in 18 church starts and 8,770 N.M., as recording secretary. ad removed, intentionally left blank This & That briefs on a variety of subjects Marriage Impact conferences set for Glorieta, Ridgecrest L ifeWay’s Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, N.M., and Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C., will host Mar- riage Impact 2003, an “extreme ad- venture” that combines outdoor ad- ventures with Bible study and worship. About 250 couples are ex- PHOTO BY KENT HARVILLE pected to attend the May 23-25 re- treats. “Marriage Impact is designed to help couples get out of the rut of daily liv- ing by combining Ministry Multipliers high adventure Bob and Larue McDaniel, members of City Church in Oklahoma City, were among with meaningful 109 people who attended the Ministry Multipliers conference sponsored by LifeWay Clay Crosse worship,” said Christian Resources’ church resources division Jan. 21-23, 2003. Brian Daniel, na- The McDaniels and other conference participants represent the “best of the best” of peo- tional sales and ple who, while not being LifeWay employees, lead LifeWay church resources division- event planner for sponsored training events around the country, according to Tom McMinn, leader devel- LifeWay confer- opment specialist in LifeWay’s church leadership training area. ence centers. These ministry multipliers are an enlisted group of trained people from local churches “In addition to with expertise in a specific ministry area. LifeWay has seen in them a passion to effec- enjoying nationally tively model and communicate their particular area of interest. known Christian NBC’s sitcom “Facts of Life,” and Ridgecrest event. Jeff and Joy Earle speakers and musi- her husband, Steve, an associate For more information go to cians, couples will pastor, will lead the Bible study www.lifeway.com and click on the have opportunities portion of Marriage Impact at Glo- conference centers tab or e-mail to spend time to- rieta. firstname.lastname@example.org. gether enjoying Clay Crosse, 1995 Dove Award outdoor activities Male Vocalist of the Year, will lead Art of LifeWay that include rock praise and worship Friday night now in Cambodia climbing, hiking, and Saturday at Glorieta. rafting, rappelling, Clyde Kakiuchi, leadership devel- Lisa Whelchel- tennis, volleyball At Ridgecrest, nationally known opment director for the Hawaii Pa- Cauble and miniature husband and wife speakers Jeff and cific Baptist Convention, contacted golf,” Daniel Joy Earle will combine humor, LifeWay when he learned about added. music, drama and biblical teaching The Art of LifeWay, a new collec- to help couples strengthen and en- tion of biblical illustrations based Former actress rich their marriages. Lisa Whelchel- on the life of Christ. Cauble, best Steve Wiggins, former frontman Kakiuchi was about to leave on a known for her role for the Grammy-nominated group mission trip for Cambodia, and he as Blair Warner on Big Tent Revival, and now solo was anxious to take some of the il- Steve Wiggins artist, will lead the music at the Facts & Trends 24 This & That briefs on a variety of subjects lustrations with him. He got his Kakiuchi said he wish. left pictures at vari- Gary McClure, e-business mar- ous villages and one keting manager, said with the help orphanage. of the Lebanon warehouse, he was “The pastor at the able to get three copies each of five orphanage was over- prints to Kakiuchi before he left on whelmed and began his mission trip. crying,” Kakiuchi “If pictures speak a thousand wrote. “He couldn’t words, then we are sitting on a gold stop thanking me. mine,” Kakiuchi told McClure. In two villages, over In a note to LifeWay President 50 people in each James T. Draper Jr., Kakiuchi village invited Christ thanked LifeWay: in their lives as Lord and Savior. The har- “On behalf of the Cambodian vest is ripe.” people, I want to thank you for In December, church leaders in Cambodian villages used Art of your gift of LifeWay art to churches McClure said, in remote villages outside of “What a joy to see LifeWay prints as vivid illustrations of the nativity story. Phnom Penh. It made a huge dif- how God can use Framed and unframed prints can ference in presenting the gospel by these beautiful illustrations to have be purchased online at using pictures. The children’s eyes such a dramatic, immediate impact. www.lifeway.com/art. were glued to the pictures as the And better yet, to bless people of a Christmas story was being told.” third world country on the other side of the globe.” ad removed, intentionally left blank April 2003 25 New For more information or to place an order, call (800) 458-2772, or visit us on the Web at www.lifeway.com. just released from LifeWay Lifeway Christian Store customers can call (800) 233-1123, or go to www.lifewaystores.com. Broadman & Holman enough of real-life to connect B&H product # 0-8054-2732- wider paths. Paperback, B&H with every reader, but at the 5; “Bible Promises for Dad,” product # 0-8054-2699-X, Trade Books same time deliver lessons of B&H product # 0-8054-2733- $12.99 faith and hope. 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