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From the New Orleans' French Quarter to a women's prison, Southern Baptists will present the gospel throughout New Orleans June 8 before they venture to the SuperDome to conduct business.

Known as Crossover, the witnessing effort that precedes the SBC annual meeting has become a multi-faceted evangelism blitz. "This is an opportunity to reach thousands for Christ in a single day," said HMB's Don Smith. "Not many times in your life do you get the opportunity to do that."

The Greater New Orleans Baptist Association covers five parishes, or counties, with 1.2 million people, said associational missionary Fred Dyess. Only three percent of residents are Southern Baptists. Currently the association has more missions (83) than constituted churches (65). Only 29 of the churches have more than 100 in Sunday School, and none of them have 1,000 in Sunday School, Dyess said.

With so many new and small congregations, Crossover New Orleans "could really be a boost" to area churches, said Louisiana evangelism director Wayne Jenkins.

Crossover New Orleans will include block parti...

On Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Jan. 21, Southern Baptists will turn their attention to the value of human beings, including unborn children. While Sylvia Boothe welcomes the attention, she challenges Southern Baptists to be actively involved in such issues throughout the year.

As director of the Home Mission Board's Alternatives to Abortion Ministries office, Boothe advocates involvement blended with compassion. "We have a powerful message," she says. "We need to tender our message with love and compassion and forgiveness and restoration."

About 1.5 million babies — one in every 2.8 babies conceived — are aborted each year in the United States, Boothe says.

Southern Baptist churches and associations are involved in hundreds of crisis pregnancy centers, Boothe says. Crisis pregnancy centers are locally funded and locally staffed. Consequently, their affiliation and procedures vary but typically a woman comes to ...