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ABCUSA: AB Women's Ministries Gives $5,000 to New Church Planting

From "SCHRAMM, Richard" <>
Date Wed, 14 Apr 2004 09:32:51 -0400

American Baptist News Service (Valley Forge, Pa. 4/14/04)--American Baptist
Women's Ministries has given $5,000 to New Church Planting in 2004, according
to Virginia Holmstrom, executive director of AB Women's Ministries.
The gift from AB Women's Ministries' Refit Fund represents over-and-above
contributions received by individual women and women's ministry organizations
across the denomination to empower mission outreach in the U.S. and Puerto
Rico, and overseas.  Refit Fund monies are given by AB Women's Ministries to
International Ministries and National Ministries to respond to current needs
of missionaries.  

Again this year National Ministries is directing the $5,000 gift to 25 new
church planters, selected by National Ministries, who will receive $200 each.
American Baptist women also encourage new church plants through prayer

In a cover letter to the new church pastors receiving the Refit monies,
Holmstrom highlighted contemporary, relevant resources produced by AB Women's
Ministries over the past year in the organization's effort to broaden its
ministries to meet the needs and interests of more women in American Baptist
The Rev. Cheryl F. Dudley, National Ministries' associate executive director,
Church in Community Transformation, acknowledged the contribution with
appreciation for the generosity and continuing commitment of American Baptist
women to mission in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Recipients of the Refit gift this year are pastors of the following new
church plants:	Iglesia Bautista de Latinoamericana Kendallville, Fort Wayne,
Ind.; Shalom International Baptist Church, Malden, Mass.; Mountain Top
Baptist Church, Bridgeport, W.V.; Brazilian/Portuguese Mission Riverside,
Bordentown, N.J.; Iglesia Bautista Emanuel, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Evangelical
Community of Cape Cod, Dennis Port, Mass.; Brazilian/Portuguese Mission
Belleville, N. Plainfield, N.J.; Tribeca Spiritual Center, New York, N.Y.;
Sudanese Church of Omaha, Omaha, Neb.; First Kachin Baptist Church, Omaha,
Neb.; Ocala Palms Worship Community, Ocala, Fla.; Christ Resurrection
Missionary Baptist Church, East Orange, N.J.; Jordon Grove Missionary Baptist
Church, Albany, N.Y.; Sonlight Fellowship, West Chester, Ohio; Christ
Community Church, Maineville, Ohio; Mission House, Zanesville, Ohio; New
Covenant Baptist Church, Henderson, Nev.; Iglesia Internacional of Saddleback
Valley, Laguna Hills, Calif.; 
ndonesian Baptist Church of the Good Shepherd, Arcadia, Calif.; New Baptist
Church, Hoover, Ala.; First Chronicle Community Church, Durham, N.C.; Faith
Step Ministries Church, Greensboro, N.C.; United Community Fellowship,
Fresno, Calif.; Renewed Baptist Church at Boston, Revere, Mass.; and Deer
Springs Mission, Nageezi,


American Baptist News Service: Office of Communication, American Baptist
Churches USA, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851; (800)ABC-3USA x2077
/ (610)768-2077; fax: (610)768-2320;;

Richard W. Schramm
Deputy General Secretary for Communication
American Baptist Churches USA
P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851

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