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In March 1965, The Alabama Baptist reported news of a week of revival that was said to be a mighty outpouring of the Spirit.According to Ian H.C. Walker, pastor of Siloam Baptist Church, Marion, more than 100 students from Judson College and Marion Institute decided to be born again. Also the then-Foreign Mission Board appointed 28 missionaries.

Pastor Hal K. Jacks, of Wedowee Baptist Church, and his wife were among the new group of missionaries to serve in Indonesia. (TAB)


In Feb. 23, 1916, B.D. Gray, corresponding secretary of the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board), reported to The Alabama Baptist, “Our work in Cuba grows steadily and encouragingly.”

The mission focused on four western provinces of the island and the majority of missionaries were in Santa Clara. The quickly growing Cuban population was a difficult challenge for missionaries. The ratio at the time was 1 missionary to every 50,000 people. (TAB)


On Feb. 21, 1966, Birmingham Baptist Hospital located on Princeton Avenue opened its doors to patients. The Alabama Baptist helped introduce this new hospital which offered new modern features and was equipped with 500 beds. During the open house, visitors were able to see a post-anesthesia recovery room, operating rooms and the intensive care unit.
It was evident Southern Baptists who funded the hospital wanted it to be a place where patients could pray and worship. In the main lobby there was a chapel as well as offices for the chaplain and his secretary. Prayer rooms and visitor lounges were available on every patient floor to provide opportunity for rest, fellowship and prayer. (TAB)

In 1889, The Alabama Baptist reported that messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention meeting in Selma voted to establish a five-woman group — called the Central Committee — to promote missions causes among women of Alabama Baptist churches.

The action came despite strong opposition from some pastors who argued Southern women did not want to engage in the public forum.

The convention vote complied with a request by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) asking all states to appoint Central Committees to promote missions.

Mrs. L.A. Hamilton was the first president. The following year the Central Committee became the Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) affiliated with the SBC WMU Auxiliary. (TAB)

In February 1866 the South was in the early stages of reconstruction and many cities were having a difficult time recovering.

Judson College in Marion, known originally as The Judson Female Institute, was able to recover while barely skipping a beat while Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham was having a slower rebuilding process. The Alabama Baptist editor encouraged everyone to take heart and not be discouraged by the slow process.
An editorial in the paper explained the “freedmen” had mostly stayed with their original owners and were now receiving wages. It was only a matter of time before the former slaves made their own churches. (TAB)

On Saturday, Feb. 4, 1843, the first issue of The Alabama Baptist was published in Marion. Milo Jewett, president of Judson Female Institute, was listed as senior editor. The paper was printed by Love and Dykous, publishers of the Marion Herald.

The Committee on Periodicals of the Alabama Baptist State Convention quickly recommended and messengers approved the new paper as the convention’s official organ for communicating with cooperating churches. (TAB)

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