“Multiply” is the theme of the 89th annual session of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, to be held Friday afternoon, Nov. 17, at First Southern Baptist Church, Tucson.
Friday morning will feature a mission fair and “Multiply” Pastors’ Conference at First Southern. A mission project and prayer tours/prayerwalking on Thursday and Saturday will bookend Friday’s activities.
A total of 60 Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers comprising five teams served in Pasadena and Victoria, Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Disaster Relief feeding unit, mud out team (flood recovery for this event), and chainsaw team members began responding to the Houston, Texas, callout on Sept. 4.
In addition to the five teams, Laveen Baptist Church sent a team of 16, including youth. Although the flood recovery effort officially ended Oct. 15, Cross Church (formerly Palm Vista Baptist Church) was able to send a team of 10 to work with a church in Beaumont, Texas.
Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are disaster-relief trained but many SUVs (spontaneous untrained volunteers) also responded to the callout. They were backgroundchecked and then trained on site.
Jane Faught is a wife and mother of two young daughters, but for 10 days she was best known as the hard-working woman on the Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team 2’s flood recovery unit in Houston, slogging through a mess of putrid carpets, moldy drywall and waterlogged furniture.
“It was hot, hard work but the Lord gave us strength,” said Faught, a member of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix.
Being a female on the mud-out team allowed her to connect to the women the team served in a way that the men couldn’t.
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.
Raymond (Ray) Lee Dean, retired pastor of McQueen Road Baptist Church, Chandler, died Sept. 25. He was 66.
Before he accepted the call to pastor, he served as deacon in his church and as director of Discipleship Training and family development in the Apache (now Valley Rim) Association.