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Friday, June 20, 2014

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  • Students share Christ's love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy

    by Alan Brant, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) –– There were no flashbulbs or television cameras, only teammates -- mostly children half his size and barefoot -- who celebrated and mobbed Dane Van Ryckeghem after he assisted in a goal during the game. The frenzy of World Cup soccer had nothing on the jubilant Brazilian neighborhood kids playing with visitors from the United States on a soggy field on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

    Van Ryckeghem, a student at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, traveled to Brazil with a team of 12 other student volunteers with a mission of sharing the love of Christ against the backdrop of the largest sporting event in the world -- the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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    "I really wanted to spend my summer doing more than just working at a job and then going back to school," Van Ryckeghem said. "I wanted to do something that made a difference, and I wanted to see the world."

    After hearing about a World Cup-focused trip -- one endorsed by the IMB -- for students during a missions conference, he knew immediately he was going to Brazil.

    "I absolutely love soccer and love the idea of spending part of my summer in this setting," he said. "This is a dream come true to be here."

    James Dubuisson, a junior at the University of North Alabama in Florence, took the first airplane ride of his life to travel to Brazil with the group. As a youth minister at First Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., he said a big part of his decision to come to Brazil was to serve as an example and encouragement to his youth group.

    "I've been talking to my youth about being different and showing people [that believers] are different," he said. "So often we go to church, but don't act differently. I feel like this [mission trip] is me living that out -- showing the kids 'this is how to live out the difference of what Christ has done in your life.'"

    After Dubuisson and the rest of the team arrived in Rio de Janeiro, they spent their first days ministering in an impoverished community. They served alongside members of a Brazilian Baptist church by playing with children, helping with a medical clinic and walking through the neighborhoods sharing the Gospel with the help of translators.

    "We're here for the World Cup, but more importantly we're here to share the love of Jesus with anyone and everyone we can," Lee Dymond, campus minister at Auburn University at Montgomery (Ala.) and leader of the volunteer team, said.

    Jordan O'Donnell, a student volunteer from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va., confessed feeling apprehensive at first about sharing the Gospel in neighborhoods. But the nervousness quickly diminished, he said.

    "It's challenging to share through an interpreter, but it got smoother as we went along," O'Donnell said. "I enjoyed the whole experience. It's interesting because sharing about Jesus in America usually gets a negative reaction. But here, walking through the community, everyone responded that they wanted to hear about Jesus -- even a couple who had never even heard about Jesus before.

    "I'm pumped," O'Donnell said. "I'm ready to get out there and do it again."

    The team of students will continue to share the Gospel during their two-week stay in Rio. During some of their outreach, they are partnering with the Brazilian Baptist Home Mission Board in a soccer-themed evangelism strategy to share with fans arriving at Brazil's national stadium for World Cup matches.

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  • PCUSA endorses gay marriage

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    DETROIT (BP) -- The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) became one of the largest Christian denominations in America to endorse gay marriage when its General Assembly voted in Detroit yesterday (June 19) to allow pastors to conduct same-sex weddings and approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between "two people" rather than "a man and a woman." Read More

  • Avance Hispano draws 500 in Baltimore

    by David Raul Lema Jr., posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Several Hispanic groups, in an example of Southern Baptist cooperation with a Latin twist, joined in meetings, fellowship and worship prior to the SBC annual meeting at the Baltimore Convention Center. The June 8 event, which began with dinner at 5 p.m., included four workshops and a celebration service that concluded with a concert at 11 p.m. Read More

  • Local Hispanic church welcomes SBC influx

    by David Raul Lema Jr., posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Primera Iglesia Bautista in Laurel, Md., with its retiring pastor Segundo Mir and incoming pastor Gustavo Suarez, welcomed Hispanics from across the country during a special service and luncheon prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Baltimore. Read More

  • Brewton-Parker to appeal accreditation findings

    by Joe Westbury/The Christian Index, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    MOUNT VERNON, Ga. (BP) -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges (SACS COC) handed down a split decision on June 19 on the academic standing of two of Georgia Baptists' three educational institutions. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Pray for one another

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Roger S. Oldham, vice president for convention communications and relations with the SBC Executive Committee, asks what would happen if each Southern Baptist church wholeheartedly and intentionally prayed for other Baptist churches in their own communities. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Rwandan Genocide

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs reflects on the context and underlying cause of the Rwandan Genocide 20 years ago in which 800,000 to 1 million people were brutally murdered. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Sirviendo A Dios

    by Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Servir a Dios en la Iglesia es una de las bendiciones más sobresalientes en la vida del creyente. Read More

  • Avance Hispano atrae a 500 en Baltimore

    Por David Raúl Lema Jr., posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Varios grupos hispanos, en un ejemplo de cooperación bautista del sur con un matiz latino, se unieron en reuniones, compañerismo y culto antes de la reunión anual de la CBS en el Centro de Convenciones de Baltimore. El evento del 8 de junio, el cual comenzó con una cena a las 5 p.m., incluyó cuatro talleres y un servicio de celebración que concluyó con un concierto a las 11 p.m.

    Por lo menos 500 hispanos de las iglesias del área de Baltimore y otros de iglesias y ministerios en otros estados estuvieron presentes en la reunión Avance Hispano, conjuntamente organizada por Recursos Cristianos LifeWay, la Junta de Misiones Internacionales, la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas y Recursos Financieros GuideStone. La Universidad Liberty también estuvo en el programa como patrocinadora invitada del evento.

    David Platt, pastor de La Iglesia en Brook Hills, fue el orador de la cena. Los dos libros de Platt "Radical" y "Sígueme" han sido publicados en español por LifeWay.

    Platt fue presentado por Luis López, director de LifeWay en Español, como "un hombre profundamente comprometido con Cristo y su Palabra. El primer amor del ministerio de David Platt es hacer discípulos usando el simple modelo bíblico de enseñar la Palabra de Dios entrenando discípulos y transmitiéndoles la fe."

    Platt comenzó su breve plática con humor relatando las veces cuando su incompetencia en español le había causado vergüenza durante viajes recientes a América Latina. Platt también habló de su trabajo con los hispanos el cual es parte de los ministerios locales e internacionales de La Iglesia en Brook Hills.

    Platt les dijo a los reunidos que "actualmente hay un estado de confusión con la identidad cristiana. Seguir a Cristo es más que una oración." Cuando el Espíritu Santo viene a la vida del cristiano, esa persona se vuelve radical en su contexto cultural, señaló.

    "Nosotros tenemos algo mejor que el sueño americano," dijo Platt. "Tenemos la esperanza de la vida eterna en Cristo. Cuando [la gente] ve a Jesús, ve el sueño americano palidecer en comparación."

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  • Iglesia local hispana acoge afluencia de CBS

    Por David Raúl Lema, Jr., posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BALTIMORE (BP) -- La Primera Iglesia Bautista de Laurel, Maryland, con su pastor en proceso de jubilación Segundo Mir y el pastor entrante Gustavo Suárez, acogieron a hispanos de todo el país durante un servicio
    especial y almuerzo anteriores a la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur en Baltimore. Fermín Whittaker predicador invitado oriundo de Panamá, director ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur de California, desafió a la audiencia a un caminar con Cristo más comprometido. Read More

  • CBS elige a Floyd, ora por reavivamiento y restauración

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Foto de Matt Miller
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Los mensajeros a la Convención Bautista del Sur eligieron al pastor de Arkansas, Ronnie Floyd como presidente y escucharon repetidos llamados a la oración y al reavivamiento -- destacados por el sermón presidencial del presidente saliente Fred Luter. Read More

  • Una campaña evangelística motiva a un equipo de futbol soccer a ir a la Copa Mundial

    Por Marie Curtis, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Foto de IMB tomada por Lina White
    NATAL, Brasil (BP) – Un equipo de futbol soccer femenil universitario comenzó sus esfuerzos evangelísticos para la Copa Mundial FIFA -– la cual comienza el 12 de junio y termina el 13 de julio en Brasil -- con un proyecto misionero de una semana combinando futbol soccer y evangelismo. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Sirviendo A Dios

    Por Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, June 20, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Servir a Dios en la Iglesia es una de las bendiciones más sobresalientes en la vida del creyente. Read More