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  • 'Remarkable' Rutledge collection new to SBC archives

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (4 days ago)

    Photo by Don Rutledge
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The late award winning photographer Don Rutledge tried his hand at pastoring, but realized his true calling in uniquely displaying God's creation. Photographs and related items spanning more than 40 years of his ministry and missions comprise a new Southern Baptist archival collection.

    "I love photojournalism and enjoy using it as a worldwide Christian ministry," the renowned photographer has said. "It forces me to see, to look beyond what the average person observes, to search where few people care even to look, to glance over and beyond my backyard fence. Read More

  • CP speeds Central Asian outreach for Movement Church

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Submitted photo
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A young Richmond, Va.-area church saw the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program this summer while helping a Central Asian village build water wells.

    "The work is thrilling," said Cliff Jordan, a church planter and pastor of the eight-year-old Movement Church, where about 250 people attend Sunday morning worship. Jordan appreciates International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries who laid the foundation for his mission team to arrive in the village and make a difference in a relatively short time, he told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Missionary physician Franklin Fowler dies at 100

    by Ann Lovell & Art Toalston, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (24 days ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Franklin T. Fowler, the first medical consultant for Southern Baptists' Foreign Mission Board, died Sept. 10 in Richmond, Va., at age 100.

    Fowler began serving at the board (now International Mission Board) in 1960 after he and his wife Dorcas had been missionaries in Paraguay and Mexico.

    In Paraguay, Fowler founded a Baptist hospital in Asuncion, which continues today under Paraguayan leadership as the Baptist Medical Center, which treats 16,000 patients per month in the nation's capital. Read More

  • Singleness: 'Magnetic pull' of missions prevails

    by Emily Stockton, posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (26 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- When I first felt called to the mission field, I didn't give much thought to whether I'd serve as a single or as a wife. I was only 11, after all. I just knew Jesus offered salvation, people needed to hear about it, and I wanted to go tell them.

    With laser focus, I prepared for life as a missionary. I involved myself in church outreach, attended college and seminary, satisfied work requirements, and met every condition the mission board had for new workers. Read More

  • Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, September 25, 2017 (28 days ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- Thirteen photos -- a wide palette of Russian faces -- hang on the walls of Marc Ira Hooks' office.

    One is an elderly man in Sochi, the Russian city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Another is a young boy more than 5,700 miles away in eastern Siberia, face wrapped in fur. And there are more faces, covering the miles, cities and people groups in between.

    They're the faces of the vast need for Christ in Russia, said Hooks, associate ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The time is now

    by Terry Sharp, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (one month ago)

    Now is the time to be a friend to an international student, Terry Sharp writes, to help those who have traveled far from their native lands adjust to life in a new country early in the school year. Read More

  • 25,297 years: emeritus missionaries mark their call

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (one month 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 (one month 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Red Hair Harbor

    by Frankie J. Melton Jr., posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 (one month ago)

    Frankie Melton, in visiting Taiwan's Red Hair Harbor during a mission trip, ponders an elderly man's unsettling statement. Read More