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IMB's shift in medical missions has led to broader influence
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Medical missions is dead. IMB no longer appoints medical personnel. Transitions of IMB-funded hospitals to local leadership are a failure.These are just some of the myths circulating about Southern Baptist medical missions, according to Dr. Charles Fielding,* a physician with more than 15 years of experience with IMB.
"We have more medical workers on the field now than ever before," Fielding said. Today, more than 300 health-qualified personnel serve overseas.
The myths originated nearly 30 years ago when the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) began transitioning away from medical institutions, explained Dr. Rebekah Naylor, an emeritus missionary surgeon who served for 35 years at Bangalore (India) Baptist Hospital.
"The reasons for the transition were both financial and philosophical," Naylor said. "Financially, institutions are expensive to maintain. Philosophically, the leadership of the [IMB] believed that institutions were not the best and strongest way to accomplish evangelism and church planting."
MAKING A CHANGE
Consequently, in the mid-1980s, IMB began handing over control of its more than 30 hospitals and medical and dental clinics to local partners. A 1997 IMB report -- the last publication identifying international institutions with Baptist ties -- lists 17 hospitals, 10 medical clinics, six dental clinics and one school in places such as Brazil, Indonesia, Japan and Yemen. Today, IMB maintains only one -- the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana. Read More
Medical workers gain access to unreachedRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Medical strategies are a key piece of engaging unengaged, unreached people groups, said Trey Alexander,* a church-planting strategist in Central Asia. Read More
Supreme Court declines stem cell case
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court declined Monday (Jan. 7) to hear a case about the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research, thereby allowing the continued use of taxpayer dollars for studies that require the destruction of human embryos. Read More
'Sending capacity' via CP is church's priorityBENTON, Ark. (BP) -- First Baptist Church in Benton, Ark., recognizes the importance of emphasizing missions over building programs. Read More
CP up 1.70% for the year
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 1.70 percent above the same period last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2012-13 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.
As of Dec. 31, gifts received by... Read More
Strachan named CBMW executive director
[IMG=34217@right@120]LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Owen Strachan was named executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood Monday (Jan. 7), succeeding Randy Stinson.
Strachan, 31, serves as assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) is a Louisville, Ky.-based group that supports a complementarian position on manhood and womanhood. The organization holds that men and women a... Read More
Appeals court blocks Calif. gay therapy ban
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- A federal appeals court shortly before Christmas blocked a California ban on "reparative therapy," giving concerned parents the right, for now, to seek counsel for a child with homosexual tendencies.
The first-of-its-kind ban would have gone into effect at the start of this year, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure's constitutiona... Read More
Survey: Maturing believers exercise faith, trust
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Believers who are progressing in spiritual maturity are more likely to exercise their faith by trusting God even in difficult circumstances, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.
"Exercising Faith" is one of eight attributes of discipleship that consistently show up in the lives of maturing Christians. The attributes are part of the Transformational Discipleship study conducted by LifeWay Research.
Among the eight attributes of discipleship tested, churchgoers ha... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Losing ever since Roe? -- TIME sounds the siren for abortion rights
TIME magazine's latest cover story claims the pro-choice movement has been losing ever since Roe -- a claim that R. Albert Mohler Jr. examines in this column. Read More
BP Ledger, Jan. 7 edition
EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.
Today's BP Ledger contains items from:
World News Service (2 items)
University of the Cumberlands (2 items)
Hardin-Simmons University (2 items)
A Christian broadcasters group warns of a troubling trend of online censorship
By Daniel James Devine/World News Service
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