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By Terry Barone SAN DIEGO—Yelena and her childhood friend in the Ukraine, Olena, had not seen one another for almost 30 years, but neither ever imagined a war between their homeland and Russia would be the catalyst for their reunion. Olena’s family – her husband and three of her four children – fled Ukraine after…

By: Randy McWhorter, Lead Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks Of all the “I Am” sayings of Jesus, Revelation 1:18 stands alone. Jesus said, “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.” (NKJV – bold and italics added) If forever is eternal, how can there be…

“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not” were recorded by John in the first chapter of his Gospel. It’s not a life verse for many, but for Kern County Association Director of Mission Randy Bennett it is a special verse that everyone must face – receiving or rejecting Christ. Read about…

By Terry Barone Cold Springs—For John and Carol Bohrer, a family getaway at Jenness Park was an annual highlight for their ministry and their marriage for more than 30 years. Pastoral Stays When California Southern Baptist Convention sold Jenness Park in 2020 due to the inability to financial support the camp through COVID-19, John and…

In honor of the legacy of Cesar Chavez’s contributions in the areas of civil rights and farm labor legislation, we want to celebrate the Kingdom work in God’s fields, through migrant ministries among California Southern Baptists.In the first three months of 2022, 75 decisions for Christ were reported by Feeding Those Who Feed Us, Migrant…

After the 1949 Communist takeover in China, Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant missionaries were expelled from the country and religion was generally demonized as a manifestation of western colonial imperialism.  In 2020, a Chinese pastor described to a FOX news correspondent the fear and intimidation believers were enduring under the Communist government. “The Chinese government has…

By Caleb Stallings RIVERSIDE—The Baptist Foundation of California (BFCal) established an endowment to benefit the California Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. The endowment will provide funds for the annual conference that takes place in conjunction with the CSBC annual meeting each October. The conference provides an opportunity for ministers to gather for fellowship and learn…

This October will be the 12th anniversary of a church planting miracle for California Southern Baptists. Ross Shepherd, who has served as Church Planting Team leader at CSBC for 16 years cemented a verse, Luke 10:2 to start 42 church plants in a single day, October 10, 2010 (10/10/10). “I have always subscribed to the…

By Terry Barone ONTARIO, CA—A dream for Gateway Seminary students to explore the possibility of career missions came true for Gerald Lee when California Southern Baptist Convention and two SBC entities signed an agreement to provide $100,000 over the next five years solely for that purpose. Lee, connection specialist for the International Mission Board’s Asian…

By Sarah M. Graham California Southern Baptists are being urged to give money today for humanitarian efforts of providing fuel, food, shelter, and medical expenses for Ukrainians tomorrow. The effort is being spearheaded by Scott Bird, pastor of Anchor Bible Church in Modesto and director of missions of Central Valley Baptist Association. In 2018, it…