Thanks to the generous giving of Zona campers last summer, a team of Arizona Southern Baptists made a special delivery to the Grand Canyon village of Supai late last year.
Each summer, the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention hosts Zona, the state youth camp. During the week, the teenagers and leaders are challenged to give sacrificially toward a missions need identified by the Zona team and AZSBC leadership.
During their 89th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists were challenged to multiply disciples, leaders and churches for the sake of the lost in their cities. Looking beyond Arizona, messengers adopted a 2018 budget that will send more to Southern Baptist Convention causes.
“Multiply” was the theme of the meeting held at First Southern Baptist Church of Tucson, Nov. 17. It was attended by 243 messengers and 36 registered guests from 99 of Arizona Southern Baptists’ 460 churches.
Arizona pastors headlined the Pastors Conference prior to the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting Nov. 17 in Tucson. Speakers included Jackie Allen, Mark Martin and Brian Bowman, who led a panel discussion on multiplication.
“I get it. Life and ministry is really hard. It can chew you up and spit you out,” asserted Jackie Allen, lead pastor of Cross Church. Teaching from the “first pastors conference,” where Jesus spoke of hard times to his disciples (Matt. 16), Allen encouraged pastors and leaders “to love deeply” and “trust God boldly” when times get rough.
As Christian Challenge AZ pursues its mission of engaging college students with the gospel, a team of campus missionary staff was tasked to organize and host a collegiate evangelism conference. On Oct. 21, 2017, an evangelism event named Proclaim was held.
Early that Saturday morning about 120 college students and leaders from Challenge chapters around the state and several local Southern Baptist churches met at Mercy Hill Church in downtown Phoenix for a day of worship through studying God’s Word, prayer, music and breakout groups.
While Joe and Wanda Kord* are serving a three-year term in Niger with the International Mission Board, their house in Mesa is serving missionaries visiting Arizona.
The Kords sensed God’s call to full-time missions service while on the first of several mission trips to Niger with their home church, HiWay Baptist Church in Mesa. HiWay had connected with Niger several years ago through IMB missionaries Michael and Donna Tate*, whose adult son is a HiWay member.
Charles (Charlie) Robert Brannon, retired director of missions for Central Association of Southern Baptists, died Sept. 1. He was 85.
Brannon graduated from Mississippi State College with a bachelor of science in accounting in 1953.
He joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in El Paso, Texas, where he met and married Helen Smart. He received master of divinity and religious education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where he ministered in local churches.
Stephen (Steve) Ernest Ramer, former pastor of West Phoenix Baptist Church, died Nov. 27 after a lengthy illness. He was 59.
Ramer graduated from Grand Canyon University in 1996 after answering God’s call to full-time ministry. Prior to that, he taught Sunday School, worked with youth and headed a church recreation program along the way.
With the help of Arizona Southern Baptist churches and others, Arizona Baptist Children’s Services Community Resource Centers provided holiday food boxes and Thanksgiving dinners for thousands of needy families.
From November through December, Caring Ministries in Tucson distributed 1,000 holiday food boxes and turkeys, thanks to the help of many volunteers. With a churchwide effort, Sabino Road Baptist Church, Tucson, provided 100 food boxes to Caring Ministries and another 6 were distributed by the church.