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  • Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday (Nov. 14), near Richmond, Va. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Kansas are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world.

    Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, reminded new missionaries and those attending of the importance of cooperative giving and cooperative going.

    "This is our denomination at its absolute best," Pitman said. "This is the tip of the spear. We can do more together than we can do by ourselves." Read More

  • Sending culture: 3 ways pastors can develop one

    by William Whaley, posted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Recently I was privileged to attend a commissioning service for new International Mission Board missionaries. I was invited by a couple from our church who was preparing to be sent to the nations.

    During this time, I was reminded of the significance, risk and joy of taking the Gospel to the nations. It reignited a passion in my heart to lead my church to do all we can to fulfill the Great Commission.

    Fellow pastors may have that same desire but simply don't know how to create a culture where sending is the norm in their church. A pastor may lead a small church and believe only large churches have the resources and wherewithal to send missionaries to the field. Read More

  • 66 new missionaries added to reach the nations

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries Sept. 26 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. They shared how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His Gospel to people who have never heard -- and each story evidenced God's role for every church to take His Good News to every nation.

    "The Lord has always moved my life through stories," said Caroline Reel, who is being sent by her churches, Restoration Church in Wake Forest, N.C., and Bullard Chapel Baptist in Tishomingo, Okla., to serve among refugee peoples in Uganda. "From the missionaries' ... Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisis

    by Karen Pearce, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BOGOTA, Colombia (BP) -- As I meandered through a craft market in Bogota, Colombia, I struck up a conversation with a vendor who asked why I was visiting his country. I had just returned from four days in Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border town where I witnessed the sad pilgrimage of thousands of people leaving Venezuela out of desperation and hunger.

    When I shared that with him, his face contorted into a mask of grief.

    "It is so horrible what is happening," he said, "They are our brothers." Read More

  • Salvations 'on a daily basis became normal'

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ASIA (BP) -- When Jeremiah Farmer*, an architect, and his wife Joy* sensed a clear call from the Lord to minister in Asia, they had been active in their local church but had no seminary training and hadn't planned to leave for a foreign country.

    Nevertheless, in obedience to the Lord, they followed their church's advice and applied with the International Mission Board, which accepted them and then deployed them to a closed part of Asia.

    From the beginning, Farmer told fellow believers he did not qualify to be on the mission field. Even so, he and his wife agreed to stay as long as the Lord told them to stay and to maintain a "laser focus" on a specific goal: figuring out how to get the Gospel to their region's 650 million people, 80 percent of whom had never heard the message of Jesus. Read More

  • South Asia church planter gets nurture for his vision

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Sampson* grew up in a Christian home where his father was the pastor of a large traditional church in South Asia. When Sampson got married, God began to stir his heart for a new work in one of South Asia's largest cities, more than 250 miles from his home and family.

    The first few years of ministry there were difficult. Sampson and his wife lost their newborn baby shortly after birth. Then, one day as they gathered for worship and fellowship with friends, their house caught fire and they lost all their belongings.

    Finally, their ministry partners made the abrupt decision to go separate ways after five years working together. Sampson and his wife were struggling financially and emotionally but they continued to believe that God had called them to live in this city.

    A few weeks after Sampson and his wife were on their own, he met Cal*, a worker with the IMB (International Mission Board), and confided to Cal his deep desire to see healthy churches planted. Many of the 20 different groups Sampson was teaching each month had no baptized believers at all, but he had been told he was unqualified to administer the Lord's Supper or baptism without a seminary education. Read More

  • What do spouses do when their callings don't line up?

    by Lesley Hildreth, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Several years ago I was speaking with a student from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was in a degree program where the student completes half of it on campus and the other half on the mission field. He said, "I have completed my on-campus hours and am ready to study overseas. But, I have a problem: my wife isn't willing to go."

    Discerning the Lord's call is an important step for everyone seeking to walk with God. Questions about how to sort out this crisis of calling abound. More specifically for this conversation are the questions about how spouses discern a call together and what they do when they don't seem to share the same calling. Read More

  • What do spouses do when their callings don't line up?

    by Lesley Hildreth, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Several years ago I was speaking with a student from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was in a degree program where the student completes half of it on campus and the other half on the mission field. He said, "I have completed my on-campus hours and am ready to study overseas. But, I have a problem: my wife isn't willing to go."

    Discerning the Lord's call is an important step for everyone seeking to walk with God. Questions about how to sort out this crisis of calling abound. More specifically for this conversation are the questions about how spouses discern a call together and what they do when they don't seem to share the same calling. Read More

  • Kenyan family introduced to the Great Physician

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) -- Fatuma* is raising her five children in a one-room metal house among 2.5 million people who dwell in an estimated 200 slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the squalid living conditions, she knows her children have something she never had as a child: love.

    After she was orphaned, Fatuma was sent to her aunt and uncle to be raised. They treated her like a servant and kept her home from school to do cleaning chores.

    Fatuma's hunger to learn once resulted in a beating after she leafed through a cousin's school book. Read More

  • Former slave sees God's answer to his prayers

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The dirt road snaked long and lonely out to Cudjo's cabin on the outskirts of Mobile as Mary Ellen Caver tried to mentally prepare to meet the former slave.

    Caver had lived as a single missionary among a tribe in Nigeria before coming home to Alabama. For years, she had been accustomed to the unusual; this time, she had been told it would be a crazy man.

    The day before, as Caver had walked out of a church in south Alabama, she had met a group of black men waiting in the parking lot. They knew she had been a missionary to Africa, and they wanted her to put some of their questions to rest. Read More