This mother and daughter sought shelter at Gori Baptist Church in the Republic of Georgia, and now they serve as staff of the church's soup kitchen, which is supported by the Alliance of Baptists. Learn more about the ministry in this Alliance-produced video.

Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence
during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.
Thank you for your presence
during the bright and sunny days,
for then we can share that which we have
with those who have less.
And thank you for your presence
during the Holy Days, for then we are able
to celebrate you and our families
and our friends.
For those who have no voice,
we ask you to speak.
For those who feel unworthy,
we ask you to pour your love out
in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain,
we ask you to bathe them
in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask
you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed,
we ask you to shower upon them
the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless
sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most-Peace.

Maya Angelou

We pray alongside ...

Former Alliance board of directors' member Kathy Manis Findley as she moves toward a kidney transplant after being on a waiting list for three years. The possibility of receiving a kidney in the next two years is very small, so her transplant center in Atlanta also strongly encourages her to continue seeking a person who would consider being a living donor.

Pauline and Ed Cheek , Mars HIll, N.C., who request prayers for their daughter, Elizabeth, who is facing a delicate surgery this month.

Kerry and Maryann Cheesman , whose family in the Santa Barbara, Calif., area is struggling with wildfires. Among family members whose homes risk destruction is Kerry's 91-year-old mother, who has known no other home since 1953 when she and Kerry's dad built it. The Cheesmans are members of congregational partner University Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

The family of  Peter Henkel, 13, who died today. Peter is the nephew of Tiffany Triplett Henkel, co-pastor at congregational partner Metro Baptist Church in New York City. Peter had spinal muscular atrophy, but his passing was very unexpected.
Will Hodges, Savannah, Ga., as he undergoes continuing treatment for bladder cancer. His type of cancer has no cure nor remission. One year into treatment, Will is grateful for his current diagnosis: NED (No Evidence Displayed). Will is married to Bettie Hodges and they are members of congregational partner First Baptist Church, Savannah.

The family of Emma Arg├╝elles Karim , Wingate, N.C., who died Dec. 20. A native of Crucis, Cuba, Emma and her husband moved to Wingate in 1970. The mother of former Alliance board member Ana Karim , Emma died as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident.

John Laney , Asheville, N.C., who is now in health care at Givens Estates Retirement Community after having spent Christmas in the hospital. He and his wife, Joan Yarborough, are members of congregational partner Providence Baptist Church , Hendersonville, N.C.

The family of Betty Thomas Stapp , Forest City, N.C., who died at the age of 90 on Dec. 10. She and her husband, Kenneth Stapp, have been faithful supporters of the Alliance for nearly 30 years.

We celebrate alongside.....

Meg Lacy, who  has been called to serve as associate pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. Previously she served as associate minister for spiritual formation at Emerywood Baptist Church, High Point, N.C.

Marcus McFaul , who has been called to serve as senior pastor of congregational partner Binkley Memorial Baptist Church , Chapel Hill, N.C., beginning Jan. 16. Marcus previously served as pastor of congregational partner Highland Park Baptist Church, Austin, Texas.

Joe Phelps, who  retires as pastor of congregational partner Highland Baptist Church , Louisville, Ky., on Jan 21. He has served the church as pastor for 21 of his 42 years in ministry.

Jonathan Spencer , Atlanta, Ga., who has been called to serve as bi-vocational pastor of Northeast Baptist Church, Embry Hills, Ga. Jonathan will continue to serve as Alliance-endorsed chaplain at Mesun Hospital.

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