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Friends and families of the seven people killed in the deadly shooting Sept. 15 at Wedgwood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, remembered those slain by gunman Larry Gene Ashbrook.

Two students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, and a former student were among the seven killed when Ashbrook started randomly shooting inside the sanctuary of the southwest Fort Worth church where about 150 people were celebrating in a rally of the See You At The Pole prayer event. Also killed were three fourteen-year-olds and a seventeen-year-old running a video camera who was killed when he turned to tape the shooter.

Susan Kimberly Jones, 23, was enrolled for the fall semester at Southwestern. She sang in the church choir. Friends said she greeted visitors to her dorm room on campus with a Bible verse: "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Romans 12:9-10."

Jones was a first-...

Question. What do koala bears, kangaroos, dingoes, the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback, and Baptists have in common?

Answer. Australia!

Wait a minute. All those mentioned are familiar to Australia, but Baptists?

Well, there are lots of Baptists in Australia and a whole lot more throughout the world. And they are all coming to Melbourne, Australia Jan. 5-9, 2000 for the 18th Baptist World Congress. Okay, maybe not all of them. But many are.

And there will be many Southern Baptists from the United States attending this once-every-five-years event in beautiful southern Australia.

The SBC Executive Committee and Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer, have joined with Wilcox World Travel and Tours to provide a special opportunity for Southern Baptists to join the world's other Baptists for the Melbourne celebration.

Five exciting tours, all escorted by SBC representatives, are planned for Southern Baptists, Chap...

A Cooperative Effort to Prompt Revival Through Stewardship

"By almost any standard of measurement, America is in trouble. ... And many people do not understand that God has the answers they so desperately need."

Well-known author, financial planner, and Christian businessman Larry Burkett spoke to the needs of Christian families, especially regarding their stewardship before God, at the February Executive Committee meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Burkett teamed with officials of Church Stewardship Services of LifeWay Christian Resources in announcing a new stewardship emphasis: How Much Is Enough? 30 Days to Personal Revival.

The emphasis is designed to "capture the attention and imagination of thousands of believers during the first quarter of the year 2000," Gary L. Aylor, program director for the LifeWay group, told the Executive Committee in introducing Burkett, president and founder of Christian Financial Concepts, Atlanta.

"In the areas of identity, priorities, personal financial management,...

A new Internet web site, sponsored by the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, became available to Southern Baptists June 1 and hosted a live telecast of the Tuesday session of the Salt Lake City SBC annual meeting June 9-11.

The live telecast was produced by the broadcast communications group of the North American Mission Board and also was available on NAMB's web site. The two web pages can be found at: and

Don Magee, director of information/financial systems for the Executive Committee, said the new SBC web site became available on the Internet June 1.

"The Executive Committee is excited about the prospect the Internet can be used to help Southern Baptists reach the world for Christ. The new SBC web site gives Southern Baptists an opportunity to get Baptist Press, the news service of the SBC, and SBC LIFE, the monthly publication of the Executive Committee, as well as information regarding ...

The Southern Baptist Convention ended the 1995-96 fiscal year with a record $148,185,076 in Cooperative Program gifts, surpassing by nearly $2.5 million the record given last year, according to Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the SBC Executive Committee.

For the SBC's fiscal year, Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, the $148.2 million total for 1995-96 is 1.68 percent, or $2,445,587, above last year's record of $145,739,489.

"Through the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists evangelize, send missionaries, plant churches, and educate ministers," Chapman said. "Once again, they have supported these grand efforts in historic style. For the third consecutive year, old giving records have been broken, and new ones established.

"The continued generosity of Southern Baptists bears witness to their resolute commitment to be faithful to carry out the Great Commission. This is a good report on the health of our Convention, bu...