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  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Roy Burroughs/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- As a preschooler in Mission Friends, new Southern Baptist missionary Amy Jones learned about God's desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language by His grace and for His is glory.

    "It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set," Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration Nov. 16 that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel at the IMB's office in Richmond, Va. "Europeans are fascinating peoples, but too few follow Christ. So I began to pray for them." Read More

  • Teen's witness continues with memorial gift to IMB

    by Margaret Colson, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (24 days ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The Christian witness that Sarah Harmening shared in her short 17 years of life on this earth will continue to reverberate for eternity through a generous memorial gift presented by her family to the International Mission Board.

    The Alabama teen's parents, Karen and Scott Harmening -- along with their three other daughters, Katelyn, Kristen and Sophie -- presented a check for $91,120 to the IMB on Wednesday (Oct. 25).

    "This is what was donated and raised in honor of Sarah, her life and legacy. So we're excited to bring the check for $91,120, all for [the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions (LMCO)]," Scott said as he presented the check to David Platt, IMB president. Read More

  • 25,297 years: emeritus missionaries mark their call

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (2 months ago)

    IMB photo by Chris Carter*.
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- "You, like Paul, found many ways to stay in place."

    Drew Carson*, a leader with the International Mission Board, told emeritus Southern Baptist missionaries, who recorded a total of 25,297 years of service during their careers, that the New Testament apostle "could have left … but he chose to stay the course," as recorded in 1 Corinthians 16:8-9.

    "Your ministry of staying the course has also helped the IMB stay the course," Carson said. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB celebrates missionaries, approves balanced budget

    by Julie McGowan , posted Thursday, September 14, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center Sept. 11-13 to celebrate more than 25,000 years of service by emeritus missionaries while approving the appointment of 51 new personnel to take the Gospel to unreached people and places.

    The fall meeting near Asheville, N.C., also included orientation for 11 new trustees; approval of a balanced budget for 2017-18; and concerted prayer for specific needs representing every region of the world. Read More

  • Dinner with a former jihadi, a new view of missions

    by Rachel Cohen , posted Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    RICHMOND (BP) -- Growing up in post 9/11 America, I believed no greater enemy existed than a terrorist waging war on the Western world. So you might imagine how, um, surprised and paralyzed I felt when I found myself in South Asia eating dinner with a jihadi.

    Well, he used to be. Read More

  • Redefine your life, Send Conference's 4,000 exhorted

    by Josie Bingham, posted Friday, July 28, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Casey Jones
    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- "Is anybody hungry for a fresh move of God?" Las Vegas pastor Vance Pitman asked the crowd of 4,000-plus during the first of four main gatherings at the Send Conference in Orlando, Fla.

    "Our prayer is that God would move fresh in your heart -- that you would have a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit," said Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, in speaking on how to live on mission by redefining life. Read More

  • 5 encouragements for short-term summer mission teams

    by Daniel Slott, posted Thursday, July 06, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Summers provide great opportunities for short-term mission teams to serve the cause of Christ around the globe.

    At the same time, missionaries in cross-cultural settings are anticipating the arrival of those teams -- a process that can bring joy and excitement, but sometimes fear. Short-term summer mission teams can provide much needed help for missionaries, but for both the missionary team and the volunteer team to profit, each side needs to prepare well. Read More

  • Worship & missions: An interview with Keith Getty

    by Rodney Calfee, posted Monday, July 03, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Maggie Mae Everett
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Southern Baptists may know the Gettys for "In Christ Alone," a beautiful hymn Keith Getty and Stuart Townend penned in 2000 and the church has been singing ever since.

    Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with others, have written many more, some of which tie directly to the missionary activity of the church. During the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix in June, the International Mission Board's Rodney Calfee sat down with Keith to discuss worship and missions. Read More

  • 'Stage is set,' Platt tells Baptists at IMB dinner

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- How many missionaries could be sent from just a fraction of all Southern Baptist churches today? At the International Mission Board dinner June 12 in Phoenix, IMB President David Platt and the crowd of approximately 1,350 Southern Baptists estimated that their congregations, right now, have a combined potential of 28,551 missionaries.

    Those in attendance compiled the number of students, singles, husbands, wives, moms, dads, kids and grandparents in their churches who might take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the billions of people who have yet to hear it. Read More

  • Platt encourages pastors: 'Engage in SBC ecosystem'

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 15, 2017 (5 months ago)

    The International Mission Board is in a stable financial position, "setting the stage" to send more missionaries to share the Gospel, IMB President David Platt reports to the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix. He also relayed firsthand reports from missionaries around the world. Read More