The death toll from the powerful 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6, 2023 has risen to more than 38,000, with more fatalities expected as search teams continue to work amid the devastation.
More than 800,000 refugees have fled Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion, with many more expected to follow in the coming days
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Baptists in Texas and around the world are seeking ways to provide support and encouragement to their brothers and sisters in harm’s way.
"My challenge to you is don’t just talk and don’t just think, but act upon what God has put in your heart.”
“It’s a way to provide churches with a resource to show during the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday if they want that access,”
“A scholarship in their honor helps make sure the legacy and foundation they laid are passed along to the next generation of individuals committed to seeing God's justice and kindness realized in our pews."
“Our congregations need to be on the frontlines, because we see passages [like Micah 6:8] that say ‘do justice, love mercy.’”
By Girien Salazar
One of the top bipartisan legislative priorities, this session, has been improving the Texas public school system by increasing funding. As we approach the end of the session, Texas public schools are on track to receive a major financial investment. While both parties agree on the need to increase school funding, there are still many differences to work out between what the House and Senate want to see in the school finance bill.
Currently, HB 3 is in conference committee where select members will work together to hash out the differences between the House and Senate version of the bill. Texas voters still have the opportunity to encourage their elected officials to support an equitable school finance system.
More than 90 percent of Texas school children will attend Texas public schools. Increasing quality and funding for public schools is critical to having a highly skilled workforce and building a healthy Texas economy.
HB 3 would increase the basic per-pupil allotment for all school districts (from $5,140 to $5,880), which will inject $9 billion dollars into the school finance system. Texas needs a school finance system that propels students out of poverty and helps all students reach their full potential.
The end of the legislative session is in sight and while there is still time, the days are getting longer and the chances of getting bills out of committee are getting smaller. This is an update on some of the CLC priority bills, where they are in the process and how you can help get them over the finish line.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ...
PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION ...
PAYDAY LENDING ...
You can help.
Above all else, please pray for the CLC and our lobby team that we would be wise, gentle, reasonable, and unwavering in our work to pursue the common good while representing a biblical worldview in accordance to James 3:16-17.
By Abby Hopkins
In Slovakia, the Roma are a minority known for living in poverty. Education barriers create challenges for individuals to finish school and break the cycles of poverty.
Roma Health & Hunger, a Texas Baptist Hunger Offering partner, is meeting this need by providing resources within the education system. From mothers to their children, the work of this ministry is helping Roma families succeed and thrive.
Hunger Offering funds are specifically used for higher education scholarship funds as well as for lunches and snacks for a preschool program. This ministry unites the body of Christ to meet the needs of Roma people and display the glory of God.