COVID-19 Stories

In Governor Grisham’s press conference on Friday, Nov. 13, she announced new restrictions that will affect New Mexicans beginning Monday, Nov. 16 and running for two weeks. The two weeks of restrictions are designed to “blunt” the spread of the virus in the state. The governor called the restrictions “the most heightened level of statewide public health restrictions.” The restrictions resp… Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – During the COVID-19 pandemic closures, Mission New Mexico Offering funds allowed for improvement at Inlow and Sivells camps and prepared them for spiritual impact when the pandemic passes. Lamar Morin, Baptist Convention of New Mexico Leadership Development Team leader, observed, "God works for good in all things, as stated in Romans 8:28." The COVID-19 pandemic caused … Read more

PORTALES (BNM) – COVID-19 has altered a New Mexico tradition: the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries Fall Food Drive. The home annually holds a fall food drive to stock the pantry at the Home for the coming year. Baptist churches across the state participate by providing dry goods and paper goods that stock the pantry. Each year, the Children's Home receives ample sup… Read more

JEMEZ (BNM) - “New Mexico Baptists need to recognize how wonderful this was,” Daniel Clymer said. “It is the epitome of being Baptist. We could not have done this without people coming together.” Clymer was speaking about food relief to the Navajo Nation during COVID-19. Clymer made sure that people in and around Navajo Southern Baptist churches on the reservation had food during the COVID… Read more

SANTA FE (BNM) - A future amended public health order will allow New Mexico houses of worship to operate at 40% of their building’s maximum indoor occupancy, according to an Aug. 26 press release provided by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The previous public health order, set to expire on Aug. 28, limited such gatherings at 25% maximum indoor occupancy. The new occupancy limit will be in eff… Read more

LAS CRUCES (BNM) - Each Tuesday for the past several weeks, a semi-truck filled with 40,000 pounds of fresh produce has pulled into the parking lot Heart for the World Church, Las Cruces. From there, 24 non-profit organizations, including nine Baptist Convention of New Mexico churches, have distributed boxes of fruits and vegetables to underserved members of their respective communities. Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - For a couple of months, churches have not been meeting, and some are now meeting with social distancing in place. A couple of New Mexico churches have reported to the Baptist New Mexican what is happening in their churches and that God’s work continued through the pandemic. Read more

FORT WORTH (SWBTS) - The Student Emergency Assistance Fund at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provides support for students adversely affected by crises or emergencies. The fund existed before the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the current crisis, SWBTS administrators and the Office of Institutional Advancement placed particular emphasis on the needs of students adversely affected. Read more

SAN ANTONIO (BP) - COVID-19 shut down the church and conference venues at which evangelists usually conduct their ministries. That didn't slow down the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE). Over Easter weekend, the group held its largest evangelistic event ever. They did it online. Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Through its Shine partnership, one Albuquerque church has been able to provide thousands of food items to hundreds of students at Kennedy Middle School. "The Shine Partnership has consistently focused on developing meaningful long-term relationships through responding to school-specific needs that move the school community forward," said Ynette Colyer, Shine Partnership… Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - New Mexico Baptists participated in COVID-19 emergency relief efforts on the Navajo Nation through churches, New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief and Send Relief. They provided food, cleaning supplies, and funds to the crisis response.  Read more

NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources announced that it canceled FUGE, StudentLife, Student Life for Kids and CentriKid camp sessions for 2020.  Continued concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak prompted the cancellations. The cancellations do not include Camp Ridgecrest for Boys and Camp Crestridge for Girls held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. Read more

DAVIS, Okla. (BP) - Oklahoma Baptists announced May 18 that Falls Creek Youth Camp and CrossTimbers Children's Mission Adventure Camp would not hold any camp sessions this summer. Factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the cancellations. In April, Oklahoma Baptists had announced tentative plans for a delayed start and revised schedule, with the provision to continually evaluate … Read more

DALLAS (BP) -- With many churches reporting strained budgets due to the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, GuideStone is offering a one-time opportunity for both Group Plans and Personal Plans to step down to a lower-cost health care plan for the remainder of 2020. Generally the option to change plans is available only during re-enrollment. Read more

ROSWELL (BNM) - When the COVID-19 pandemic canceled First Baptist Church, Roswell’s Easter service, Music and Media Pastor Jacob Bassing found a creative way to bring his congregation together. Combining his two primary functions, Bassing organized and edited a virtual choir comprising of approximately 20 singers. Choir members recorded themselves singing and then sent their footage to Bas… Read more

NASHVILLE (BP) - The coronavirus has propelled our world overnight into patterns that are not normal. Many of us had never heard the term "social distancing" until health professionals recommended that this is the solution toward "flattening the curve" of new coronavirus infections. Read more

TULAROSA (BNM) - A Tularosa pastor recently found a unique way to meet the needs of his congregation in light of social distancing guidelines and regulations. On March 29th and April 5th, Pastor Dan Abercrombie and his wife, Brenda, visited members of his Cross Church congregation at their homes, in place of traditional Sunday morning services. At each house, Abercrombie stood outside and … Read more