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  • Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The concept of "giving the shirt off your back" took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June.

    "Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase," said Bruce Edwards, youth ministry specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. "We asked them to bring clothes that they would be willing to donate to the underprivileged in Guatemala, and I think the experience of doing that was very meaningful for many of the kids."

    The mission team, sponsored by the mission board and its Youth Evangelism Conference outreach, encompassed youth from five churches along with several TBMB personnel, including Edwards and disaster relief specialist Wes Jones and his wife Pam, former missionaries to Guatemala. Read More

  • Looking for work, Venezuelan finds a church family

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, July 13, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    BOGOTA, Colombia (BP) -- Fernando* felt like a failure. For a month-and-a-half he had been looking for work in Colombia, where he didn't know anyone. He longed to hold his wife and daughter again but couldn't return to Venezuela without a solution to the uncertainties there.

    The young Venezuelan couple had agreed: If they wanted a better future for their daughter, he needed to go. Although Fernando had maintained a good job in Venezuela, the country's growing instability -- political tumult, poor schooling and a shortage of basic medicine and food -- compelled him to try ... Read More

  • African nation's Baptists stirred to advance Gospel

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, July 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    BENIN, West Africa (BP) -- In the country that birthed voodoo, Baptists in Benin are working to pray for and support the spread of the Gospel in the Sub-Saharan country.

    It's a story IMB missionary Barbara Singerman can't share without tearing up.

    "They are investing in missions," she said. "They are expressing a love and appreciation and oneness -- participation in the work. We are completely overwhelmed." Read More

  • In Haiti, 'Lord kept us in eye of storm'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP) -- Safe flights from Haiti following a violent citizen uprising have allowed most Southern Baptist mission teams to return to the U.S., Baptist Press has learned.

    Teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee returned to the U.S. beginning July 9 after air travel resumed from the island nation. As recently as July 10, a team from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., was still awaiting a flight to return this weekend, according to Facebook posts. Read More

  • Will missions solve your porn problem? No.

    by Keelan Cook, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Let me just come out and say it: pornography is a problem that impacts the mission field. In our #MeToo era, we're used to seeing web articles speaking of the dangers of pornography. We hear -- and it is most certainly true -- that pornography is both the result of and fuel for the objectification of humanity.

    Pornography makes another human less like a person and more like a snack. And yet, so often our recent reminders on the internet about the dangers of, well, the internet and other peddlers of this smut focus on that young man alone in his bedroom late at night. However, the grip of pornography reaches into more than ... Read More

  • Bapt. mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP) -- About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team plans to return home today (July 9).

    "The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning! They are scheduled to return home to the U.S later today," the Bradenton church posted on its Facebook page this morning. "Thank you for praying for this incredible group during their extended stay in Neply" about 20 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. Read More

  • 'Dean of evangelical missiologists' cast broad legacy

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- For decades, evangelical missions has been quietly shaped by a man who came to faith at his ailing brother's bedside in a small Wisconsin town.

    David Hesselgrave gave his life to Jesus there as a Christian woman prayed over his brother more than 80 years ago. He followed his brother into ministry and then followed Jesus to the ends of the earth.

    And in doing so, he was instrumental in changing the way missions was done -- and came to be called the founding dean of modern evangelical missiology. Read More

  • How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    by Caroline Anderson, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    NEPAL (BP) -- Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Buddhist monk.

    But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future.

    Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent fear that once plagued him: He had been afraid of dying. Read More

  • Peru's dream of a World Cup: A lesson for missions

    by Jennifer Waldrep, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    YEKATERINBURG, Russia (BP) -- Tears streamed down the cheeks of thousands of Peruvians who traveled to Russia only to see their World Cup dream end with an 0-1 loss to France at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg.

    Yet, what mattered -- what Peruvians savored -- is that after 36 years on the outside, their national soccer team contended as a World Cup team. No longer watching from the sidelines, they got in the game. Arriba Perú! Read More

  • 'Insider Movements' in Muslim missions critiqued

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A new book edited by two Islamic studies seminary professors explores the weaknesses of the popular "Insider Movements" in Muslim missiology.

    "Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts," which released last week, is a multi-author academic response to "Insider Movements," a missiological approach that argues Muslims can confess Jesus as Lord and remain Muslim, according to Islamic studies professor Ayman S. Ibrahim, an editor of the book. He is Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ant Greenham, an associate professor of missions and Islamic studies, is a co-editor of the book. Read More