SBTC presents grants for sonogram machines in Dallas and Austin

DALLAS?A $37,000 check for the purchase of a sonogram machine was presented to the Downtown Pregnancy Center, a ministry of First Baptist Church of Dallas, during the church’s Jan. 16 worship service.

SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards and SBTC Church Ministry Support Director Jim Wolfe presented the grant to Jane Jefferson, executive director of the Downtown Pregnancy Center, and obstetrician Hector Chapa.

Richards said the core values of the SBTC are demonstrated through the grants to churches that assist women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

“It is inconceivable to believe in biblical inerrancy and not be pro-life,” he said, referring to the theological agreement of member churches.

With evangelism and missions at the forefront of SBTC’s missiological activity, Richards said the state convention finds worthy ministry partners like the Downtown Pregnancy Center. The SBTC’s methodological approach is demonstrated as local churches combine resources to support the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program. Richards commended First Baptist Church of Dallas as a leader in CP giving while stating that SBTC churches are not lone rangers.

“Last week a check was presented to Great Hills Baptist Church [for a sonogram machine] and that check had money in it from First Baptist Church of Dallas, Sagemont of Houston, Metropolitan Baptist of Houston, Macedonia Baptist Church of Longview.” Similarly, Richards said, the $37,000 grant to the ministry of First Baptist Dallas represents joint support of the 1,600 SBTC churches.

Jefferson shared that 80 percent of the women contemplating abortion decide against the procedure after viewing the sonogram image of the unborn child.

The gift given to Great Hills will be used to purchase a sonogram machine at a crisis pregnancy center near the University of Texas campus in Austin and is a “whole needs” facility providing spiritual guidance and healthcare needs to mothers.

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