September 2, 2014
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Native Americans expand missions engagement
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- As Native American Baptists are playing a greater role in sending missionaries to evangelize the world's native peoples, the International Mission Board is helping train those missionaries for maximum effectiveness.
Rainbow of refugees sheltered in her home
WILLINGBORO, N.J. (BP) -- Gerard Pierre named his second son Max in honor of Maxine Robinson, the woman who gave him refuge from Haiti 20 years ago in her home and encouraged him as if he were her son.
Black church plants grow, research shows
NASHVILLE (BP) -- A steady increase in attendance has been the overall trend among African American churches planted prior to 2012, LifeWay Research learned from "the first research project of its size and scope," as researchers described it, "to measure characteristics distinctive to the African American context."
Biblical worldview pertinent to D.C. march
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Ministry leader Chris McNairy's biblical worldview drew him to Washington today (Aug. 28) to participate in the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, expected to draw tens of thousands.
Unique doors open to black missionaries overseas
RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- College junior Lauren Dugas had never met an African American missionary prior to this year's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference. Neither had many of the other 900 men, women and children from predominantly black Southern Baptist churches who spent the week at LifeWay's Ridgecrest (N.C.) Conference Center.
Don't let it take you to be elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention to go to the mission field.
-- Fred Luter
Of the 4,900 Southern Baptist workers serving overseas through the International Mission Board, only 26 are black; eight of them were on hand for the week's events July 22-26, encouraging others to engage in international missions. The theme for this year's conference was "Leave all, follow fully, make disciples." At the conclusion of IMB's July 24 presentation, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter described how he met his first African American missionary at the conference years before. David Cornelius, a retired IMB missionary and staff member, had urged Luter to visit the mission field. But Luter never did, believing he was too busy. After his election as SBC president, part of Luter's role included going on an international trip. He spent two weeks in Africa. "It was one of the most rewarding times in my life," he said. "I regretted, pastors, that I didn't do this a lot sooner.... So let me challenge you: Don't let it take you to be elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention to go to the mission field. "Ask God right now, 'God, put upon my heart and upon the heart of my church a passion to go onto the highways and byways of life.' Pastors, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few," Luter said. "Let's take up the commandment and the commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let's make disciples." Raising the number Dugas sat in the audience and listened to various presentations as she flipped through a booklet about IMB. A student at Louisiana College in Pineville, La., Dugas knows God has called her to the international mission field. As a child, she was even dubbed "little missionary" by one of the men in her church. Her mother Tammy also attended the event, becoming more comfortable with the idea of her daughter serving overseas as the week progressed. She said meeting African American missionaries and attending breakout sessions was helpful. "I believe it's preparing me for what I believe God is doing in my daughter," she said. When Dugas arrived at Ridgecrest, she was surprised that so much of the conference revolved around missions. At an exhibit for Black Missions Link, a website of resources for African American pastors and their churches, Dugas spoke with several IMB workers ...
Black missionary changing view of Christianity
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Jerry Bates* attracts a lot of attention in Central Asia. As an American, he doesn't quite fit in. As a Christian who is African American, he topples the worldview of many of the Muslims he meets.
Ethnic ministry tracks popular at Send gathering
PLANO, Texas (BP) -- More than 35 percent of the registrants at the 2013 Send North America Conference signed up for one of five ethnic ministry tracks.       The final tally of registrants included 1,526 participants for the ethnic tracks ...
Ethnic leaders affirm value of Southern Baptist diversity
HOUSTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists of all ethnicities must join together to reach an ever-diversifying nation and the world for Christ, leaders from three ethnic advisory councils said during a panel discussion in Houston. "It's not a great secret that Southern Baptists were not always as ethnically diverse as we are today," moderator Ed Stetzer said at the Executive Committee booth at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Filipinos gather for fellowship & partnership
HOUSTON (BP) -- For the 20th consecutive year, Filipino pastors and families met in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention, June 11 in Missouri City, Texas. "The men and women who come from the Philippines are the best missionary force in the world," said Jeff Christopherson, vice president of the North American Mission Board's Northeast Region and guest speaker at the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America.
Chinese Baptists set church planting goal
HOUSTON (BP) -- During the Chinese Baptist Fellowship in Houston, Chinese Southern Baptists discussed ways to create disciples and reach their church planting goal of 600 churches by 2020. This goal encompasses Chinese Baptist churches in the United States and Canada.
Native Americans to foster church leaders
Koreans to grow churches, increase giving
Black denominational network restarts journal
Korean missions leader receives WMU award
HOUSTON (BP) -- National WMU and WMU Foundation presented Sook Jae Lee of Seoul, Korea, with the Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development June 10 at the WMU Missions Celebration in Houston, Texas.
NAAF hires Jay Wells as exec. director
HOUSTON (BP) -- The National African American Fellowship named Elgia "Jay" Wells as executive director during its business meeting Monday (June 10), creating the paid position as one of several steps to make the group more responsive to its members.

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