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  • FIRST-PERSON: Our differences & our mission

    by Edgar Aponte, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (6 days ago)

    Let's "bring people together rather than divide ourselves over non-Gospel issues," Edgar Aponte, IMB vice president of mobilization, urges. "The Gospel makes us one, and that Gospel compels us to go to reach our neighborhood and the nations for King Jesus." Read More

  • Single-day missions offering: Church exceeds $1M

    by JC Davies/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (9 days ago)

    ROCKWALL, Texas (BP) -- Steve Swofford came with a vision 27 years ago -- a vision for what a church could do to support missions around the globe.

    At First Baptist Church Rockwall's annual missions offering day in December, that dream was realized in a single Sunday when church members gave more than $1 million. Read More

  • 'What we do for God' most important, pastor says

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, January 04, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) -- The global missions vision of East Shore Baptist Church radiates outward from Lower Paxton Township in Harrisburg, Pa., with sights set as far as Central Europe's Czech Republic for 2017.

    The missions ripple effect starts with the church's local community and stretches outward past the capital area region of the Pennsylvania/South Jersey Multiplying Church Planting Center Network, to Lebanon, Pa.; Kingston, Jamaica; and the Dominican Republic, with hopes of possibly ministering in the Czech Republic this year, pastor Brian Harrison told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Missionary reaps harvest as 'refugee' in foreign land

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (one month ago)

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    SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- After years laboring in a restricted-access country, International Mission Board missionary Layla Murphy began reaping a harvest as people became more open to the Gospel and former Buddhists were baptized.

    "Things were starting to progress," says Murphy, who serves in Southeast Asia. "We were starting to get chances to do evangelism in some new places we'd never gotten to go before. It was really getting exciting -- and then, the bottom sort of fell out of everything. That's when I got kicked out of the country." Read More

  • Teen overcomes fears to spread Gospel in S. Africa

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (one month ago)

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    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP) -- The children crowded around 18-year-old Bethany Amber, hands reaching toward her on the hot South African morning. A few years ago this kind of crowding frightened the Southern Baptist "missionary kid."

    At age 13 she found the lack of personal space in the townships difficult to endure, having just moved to South Africa with her parents who were International Mission Board missionaries.

    "People were always wanting to touch my hair, touch my face," Bethany recalled. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Couple equipping 'insiders' to reach South Asians

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Friday, December 09, 2016 (one month ago)

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    SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Shanti chose for her wedding attire blue silk trimmed with gold. Rich fabrics in brilliant hues are traditional for wedding saris in this South Asian megacity.

    But the guest list was anything but typical. Among those celebrating this day were 20 prostitutes -- women who were like family to Shanti.

    She knew them from the years she shared their heartbreaking lifestyle as a prostitute before the ministry of a Christian activity center rescued her from her ... Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: God is 'up to something' in Norway

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Thursday, December 08, 2016 (one month ago)

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    SANDEFJORD, Norway (BP) -- International Mission Board church planting catalysts Zack and Jennifer Dove were geared up to plant their lives in Oslo, Norway, in 2013. They had fine-tuned their expectations toward an urban setting, but a few months before landing there, circumstances shifted them a little further south.

    While the couple would still be in Norway, Jennifer noted they went through "almost a grieving process" when they found out they wouldn't be going to Oslo. But they soon embraced their new assignment to work with and minister to Norwegians in Sandefjord. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: 'Days of sweat' spread Gospel in Ghana

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Wednesday, December 07, 2016 (one month ago)

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    NALERIGU, Ghana (BP) -- After 10 years of medical school, residency and training, surgeon Heidi Haun spent a May morning in a West African courtyard pounding gravel into dirt with dozens of ladies who chanted traditional songs as a drummer beat time.

    It was a joyous scene with laughter and jokes as the women pounded smooth the courtyard dirt. Heidi, 34 weeks pregnant, pounded alongside them with a sampanni, a wooden tool resembling a baseball bat. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Mission trip miscues

    by Shane Pruitt, posted Wednesday, December 07, 2016 (one month ago)

    Do short-term mission trips truly advance the Kingdom of God? Are missions teams more of a help or a hindrance to the missionary? Are we really being good stewards of our resources? Shane Pruitt, director of missions for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, sets forth his counsel. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Jewish population on IMB couple's heart

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (one month ago)

    Orthodox Jews are being exposed to the Gospel in South America through missions funded by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
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    SOUTH AMERICA (BP) -- International Mission Board journeyman David Harris encounters a couple of hurdles when arranging a meal with his friend Aaron, an Orthodox Jew, in South America.

    Weekends are off-limits, as Aaron carefully observes the rituals of the Sabbath, known as Shabbat, and all meals must follow kosher dietary guidelines, Harris said.

    "I went with him to a kosher McDonald's," said Harris, who has ministered in South America since September 2015 with his wife Hanna, also a journeyman. "It wasn't my favorite burger experience." Read More