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  • IMB missionaries 'died for what matters most'

    by Julie McGowan, posted Monday, March 19, 2018 (2 days ago)

    IMB Photo by William Haun
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board missionaries Randy Arnett, 62, and Kathy Arnett, 61, died March 14 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Missouri-native missionaries served as theological education strategists for Africa.

    IMB leaders and colleagues reflected on the Missouri-native missionaries' love for missions and the people of Africa.

    "Randy and Kathy Arnett in so many ways represent what is best about the IMB," ... Read More

  • IMB trustees name presidential search committee

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, March 01, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The International Mission Board began the search for a successor to David Platt to lead the SBC entity during their Feb. 28-March 1 meeting in the Richmond, Va., area.

    Platt, the mission board's president, reiterated his desire that the 173-year-old Southern Baptist entity stay on course for taking the Gospel to the world's darkest, hardest-to-reach places. To that end, IMB trustees approved the appointment of 20 new fulltime, fully funded missionaries.

    Trustee chairman Rick Dunbar named a 16-person committee to find Platt's replacement. Read More

  • IMB appoints 20 new missionaries to the nations

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, March 01, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Omar Loza accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in his home country of Peru, and then he shared the Gospel with his friends and family. A few years after reading that God wants believers to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, he visited an Andean town.

    "I saw Aymara people worshipping God in their own language and culture," he said. "God put in my heart a desire to see many different people groups worshiping Him."

    Omar's wife Tia said she also has known she wanted to make Christ known to others since she surrendered her own life to the Lord's leadership. The Lozas of La Respuesta-Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., plan to serve God in the Americas. They are among 20 new full-time, fully funded missionaries appointed by International Mission Board trustees Feb. 28 and recognized during a Sending Celebration near Richmond, Va. Read More

  • WRAP-UP: EC considers DC convention, mission board merger

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has given the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) 90 days to "secure" the "the removal of any churches from its fellowship that have demonstrated a faith or practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior," according to a recommendation adopted by the EC Feb. 20.

    If such churches remain in friendly cooperation with the DCBC after that period, the DCBC will lose its authorization "to receive and disburse Cooperative Program and other SBC contributions," the EC stated during its Feb. 19-20 meetings in Nashville. Read More

  • David Platt to transition out of IMB presidency

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 12, 2018 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- David Platt has announced plans to transition out of his role as president of the International Mission Board but will continue to serve until a new president is selected.

    Platt told trustees, missionaries and staff today (Feb. 12) that during his nearly four-year tenure at the IMB, he has been "burdened to continue preaching and leading in the local church," which led to assuming a teaching pastor role at McLean Bible Church in Northern Virginia, alongside his leadership of the IMB. Read More

  • Platt: Sharing the Gospel is God's will for believers

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Many believers struggle to "find" God's will, David Platt said in chapel Feb. 1 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But he added, "God's will is not something to be 'found.'"

    Platt spoke at the NOBTS Missions Emphasis Day and referenced 2.8 billion people who have little or no knowledge of Jesus.

    "God has [already] clearly revealed His will to us. He has made it clear what He wants us to do," Platt said. "He wants us to take the Gospel to them." Read More

  • Lottie Moon offering 4.1% above last year's pace

    by Julie McGowan, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists' support of international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is 4.1 percent ahead of the same time frame as last year, according to a report by Rodney Freeman, IMB treasurer and vice president of support services.

    At the end of December 2017, IMB had received $15,221,629 for the 2017-2018 campaign, which began Oct. 1 and continues through Sept. 30. The total is $600,027, or 4.1 percent, ahead of last year's October-December pace. Read More

  • IMB's 2017 entailed 'Give,' 'Send,' 'Celebrate'

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- During 2017, Southern Baptists -- in partnership with thousands of International Mission Board personnel around the world -- seized opportunities toward fulfilling the Great Commission. Three young women whose hearts have been focused on following their Lord's call to international missions led Southern Baptists' efforts in giving and going.

    Southern Baptists' efforts to give, send and celebrate through the IMB in the past year included: Read More

  • Remembering the martyrs at Jibla Baptist Hospital

    by Michael Logan, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (3 months ago)

    IMB photo
    JIBLA, Yemen (BP) -- It's been 15 years since I walked the dry, stony grounds of Jibla Baptist Hospital in Yemen, where a lone gunman murdered three International Mission Board medical missionaries on a December morning in 2002.

    Southern Baptists had invested their lives in this medical center for more than 35 years as they cared for thousands of people in this struggling Middle Eastern nation.

    I arrived shortly after the Dec. 30 attack to cover the tragedy. Just days after the ... Read More

  • Christmas hospitality: How missions, parties collide

    by Preston Fidler, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In our part of the world, there are no Christmas parades, no lines to visit Santa, and no corner lots filled with cut trees for sale. But our neighbors -- most of whom have never observed Christmas -- know that we celebrate Jesus.

    This isn't because our front lawn has a giant nativity scene or because we put on a spectacular laser light show (not that there's anything wrong with that). They know for one simple reason: we invite them into our home.

    I'm sure that for some who are reading this, the thought of having people over is as scary as Charles Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Future. But it doesn't have to be that way. Hospitality is a trait followers of Jesus ought to develop. For us, it's one of the best ways to build bridges to the Gospel with our neighbors. As you look to make the most of this Christmas season, consider how to share Jesus with people who are right around you. Read More