COVID-19 Stories

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

FORT WORTH, Texas (BNM) - A Texas seminar professor wants to help families at home and small groups meeting virtually to continue experiencing worship. Acknowledging the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Crider said, “I know life looks a lot different for all of us as we navigate the uncharted waters of ‘shelter at home.’ All of us miss the vital connection of community as our churches … Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Ricardo Rivera, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's Hispanic strategist, reported that COVID-19's social distancing and job losses are affecting the convention’s Hispanic churches. But, those hardships have not defeated them. Read more

AZTEC (BNM) - In a desire to "walk with you during these ever-changing and challenging days," of the COVID-19 pandemic, First Baptist Church, Aztec, has made some resources available to people in need. The church has made them available to the Aztec area community through a page on the church’s website: www.firstaztec.org/response. According to Mike Napier, the church’s pastor, "Everything… Read more

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief joined forces with the State of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Division. NMBDR volunteers prepared food boxes for elderly and disabled New Mexicans throughout the state. Read more

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (BNM) - On Feb. 25, Dudley Bristow, pastor of First Baptist Church, Truth or Consequences, watched his vision become reality: workers were installing a granite monument, inscribed with God’s Ten Commandments. The monument stands visible in front of First Baptist Church, facing North Broadway Street. Read more

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BNM) - During the COVID-19 pandemic, churches are helping their communities. Many of them deliver meals to vulnerable individuals. Other churches make face masks. Nearly each one of them is trying out new ministry methods: livestreaming, teleconferencing, video conferencing and holding drive-in church services. Read more

Churches will have to continue their current worship and activity restrictions until May 15. On April 30, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced an extension of the state’s “Stay-at-Home” instructions and business closures through May 15. In addition to keeping all non-essential businesses and non-profit entities closed, the extension continued the general mass gatherings ban… Read more