Praise and Prayer

Praise: From "doing nothing," a Springfield, Mo., church has become a force in world missions. John Marshall, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., compares his church's renewed emphasis on missions to a baseball game. "Five years ago I felt like I was in the stadium, but I was not in the game," said Marshall speaking at Global Missions Day Feb. 21 at the Fort Worth, Texas, campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. "I felt like Jesus was at home plate, giving the Great Commission, but I had somehow been left out." He put together a group of 100 leaders from his church, and for the next four months they met once a week to study the first 13 chapters of Acts to determine what their church was missing. It was missions. Last year more than 700 people from Second Baptist Church went on missions trips. "You as students are here to fulfill the Great Commission," Marshall told the seminary students. "It is not just a little category in your life. All of you, everyone of you, is called."