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The Deaf -- how God changed my misconceptionsSOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- The Thais sat in my living room -- immune to the hot air and ignoring the massive mosquitoes dancing about the room -- as they fixed their eyes on the Deaf man standing before them.
They smiled as he acted out the scene of Moses at the burning bush. By turning his body, making small changes in his facial expressions and looking up or down, he became Moses and God in turn. His audience was captivated by the story.
When he paraphrased what Moses said to the Lord, the Thais laughed in the ... Read More
Why not take kids on overseas mission trips?DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- We were celebrities and oddities in a rolling caravan. And by rolling, I mean with actual wheels -- a double stroller and several wheeled suitcases trailing my husband Steven and me as we careened through an Asian airport with our two boys, ages 3 and 1.
In an American airport, perhaps we would have been a passing entertainment, avoided in security lines and processed with great pains. Yet in this Asian country, as I sweated my way through an immigration line, it was as if we had a golden ticket. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Don't waste a youthful faith
Faith is not just for "old people," Dean Sieberhagen writes, calling young Christians not to wait until later life to realize that "the Bible comes alive with meaning" to those who "live out a daily commitment to Jesus and His Kingdom." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Using your gifts
Cody Barnhart describes how a Christian's giftedness can have an impact in the local church, in the everyday world and in global missions. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Our differences & our mission
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 $1MROCKWALL, 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 saysHARRISBURG, 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 landSOUTHEAST 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. AfricaJOHANNESBURG, 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 AsiansSOUTH 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