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Friday, May 16, 2014

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  • New missionaries say yes to God's invitation; 59 appointed

    by Erich Bridges, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- Jessica Wolfe's life changed forever on her first international missions trip nearly a decade ago.

    IMB Photo by Thomas Graham
    "I had the opportunity to share Jesus with a college student in Asia who asked me, 'Who is Jesus?'" Wolfe recalled. "After being asked that question, the Lord began to tug on my heart to reach out to those in the world who had never heard His name. It broke my heart and continues to do so after all these years."

    But at 28, Wolfe isn't just shedding tears over the world's lostness; she's doing something about it. Along with her husband Taylor, she's going to sub-Saharan Africa to tell others who haven't heard the name of Jesus.

    The Wolfes were among 59 new international missionaries appointed May 14 by IMB trustees at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C.

    The new workers come from a dizzying variety of personal and professional backgrounds: a firefighter, a state trooper, a financial planner, a surgeon, a scientist, a senior pastor, a photographer, a writer, a petroleum engineer, a pediatric nurse, a college teacher, a software developer -- even a would-be comedian.

    "We're here before you tonight because God called an atheist and a Buddhist to be his missionaries to East Asia," one new missionary couple announced together.

    "I went from someone who did not know God to someone whose life is telling others about God," he said. "I left a life of wealth to store up treasures in heaven."

    His wife added: "I went from someone who worshipped many gods to someone who teaches others about the one true God. I left Eastern religion to follow the Savior of the world."

    What unites them all? A desire to obey Jesus Christ and a deep burden for peoples across the world searching for Him.

    "As a 10-year-old girl, I thought missionaries must be superhuman to go across the world and leave their families," said a new worker -- one of several who cannot be identified for their security. "But now I stand before you as a single lady who simply desires to obediently follow God's call to serve among Muslim women in Asia. I'm not superhuman."

    Another new missionary headed to Asia with his wife and children put it this way: "We're humbled that our extraordinary God has called our very ordinary family to fall in love with [lost people] so that they might come to know Him."

    For some, the call of God has been bubbling below the surface for a long time.

    "When I was in high school, God instilled in me two desires: to preach His Word where it has never been heard and to pursue a career in medicine," said a 39-year-old physician headed for North Africa. "After many years of training and preparation, now is the time! I'm excited to be 'His hands,' bringing physical healing and spreading seeds of the Gospel."

    For others, the Lord's leading overseas seemingly came out of nowhere.

    "Most of my life, missions was not even on my radar," another new missionary going to Asia said. "But as God opened doors and we began going on short-term trips, the seed was planted."

    Growing up, his wife admitted, "I didn't even know what a missionary was. But God had a plan. As I grew, my heart for the lost softened and He called." Read More

  • New paths for missionary sending considered

    by Don Graham, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    IMB photo by Thomas Graham
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- Sparked by the disconnect between burgeoning spiritual lostness and flatlined missions giving, IMB's president is urging Southern Baptists to break from tradition and embrace new opportunities to send and support their global missionary force. Read More

  • Elliff's report: Chasing the darkness

    by Tom Elliff, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- Revivalist Richard Baxter noted that he "preached as a dying man to dying men." His intent was clear. We are all operating on borrowed time and "no man knows his hour." We must also live with the constant awareness that those to whom we preach are dying a horrible death which mere words are incapable of describing. Wrapped in chains of sin and separated from God, they sit in great darkness, devoid of the faintest glimmer of the true Light that brings light to all mankind.

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  • Ukrainian churches face shaky future

    by Ava Thomas, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    IMB photo by Charles Braddix
    DONETSK, Ukraine (BP) -- In Tom Long's* city in eastern Ukraine, life is "fairly calm" -- except that people are carrying baseball bats and packing semi-automatic rifles.

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  • Houston nondiscrimination vote delayed

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photos by Bonnie Pritchett
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Calling a controversial nondiscrimination ordinance "intensely personal," Houston Mayor Annise Parker begrudgingly voted Wednesday (May 14) to delay consideration of the proposal that would give protected status to people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Houston City Council will consider the measure when it reconvenes May 28.

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  • FROM THE COLLEGES: Union, Truett-McConnell, Campbellsville, Anderson

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Union’s Fant named provost at Palm Beach Atlantic

    JACKSON, Tenn. -- Gene Fant, Union University’s executive vice president for academic administration, has been named provost of Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, effective June 2.

    “Gene Fant has become one of the finest ambassadors of Christian higher education to be found anywhere in the country,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “His commitment to authentic Christ-centered higher education, his dedication to the lib... Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Daily prayer & solitude

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Roger S. Oldham of Southern Baptists' Executive Committee, sets forth Scripture that underscores why Christ-followers should have a daily time of prayer and solitude with God.

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  • Vidas transformadas durante los 25 años del Crossover

    Por Rebecca Wolford, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Durante los últimos 25 años, los bautistas del sur han comenzado cada reunión anual celebrando cientos –algunas veces miles- de nuevas almas ganadas para Cristo.

    Foto de Matt Miller
    Esta celebración es el resultado del Crossover, la iniciativa evangelística que precede a la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur. Cada año, la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas (NAMB) se une con las convenciones estatales, las asociaciones y las iglesias locales para saturar la ciudad anfitriona de la convención con eventos evangelísticos. Voluntarios de todo el país llegan a la ciudad unos días antes de la reunión anual para participar en el Crossover, junto con miembros de las iglesias locales. El año pasado, el Crossover de Houston, marcó el 25º año de este esfuerzo evangelístico.

    Foto cortesía de la Biblioteca y Archivos Históricos Bautistas del Sur
    En 1983, cuando los mensajeros aprobaron a Las Vegas como el lugar de la reunión anual de la CBS en 1989, adoptaron una recomendación para añadir "un fuerte énfasis evangelístico en conexión con la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur en 1989."

    Una semana antes de la reunión anual en Las Vegas, más de dos mil voluntarios participaron en campañas de testificación de puerta en puerta y en servicios de reavivamiento. Visitaron más de 100,000 casas y llevaron a Cristo a unas 470 personas aproximadamente.

    El año siguiente, el Home Mission Board (ahora NAMB) planificó un segundo evento evangelístico que coincidía con la reunión anual de la CBS. La iniciativa de saturación evangelística anual se convirtió en el Crossover en 1991, cuando Morris H. Chapman, quien entonces fuera el presidente de la CBS, trabajó con el HMB para expandir el evento evangelístico de ser un día a ser una semana completa. ... Read More

  • Frank Page en Cena de Pastores y Líderes de Avance Hispano

    Por el personal, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BALTIMORE (BP) -- El reconocido pastor Frank Page y presidente del Comité Ejecutivo de SBC, participará en la Cena de Avance Hispano Baltimore 2014 el domingo, 8 de junio a las 5:00pm en los salones 337-338 del centro de convenciones ubicado en One West Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201. Esto actividad forma parte de la celebración de la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur. Read More

  • Ministerio que transforma vidas es honrado por la Casa Blanca

    Por Susie Rain, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    JACKSON, Miss (BP) -- Una lágrima se deslizó por la mejilla de Nicki Benz mientras su mirada estaba fija en la pantalla del televisor. Luchaba por mirar el reporte de noticias que se enfocaba en mujeres encarceladas y pensaba que la mayoría de ellas probablemente habían sido abusadas física y verbalmente en algún momento de su vida. Un guarda le gritó a una de las mujeres y le preguntó por qué no podía encaminar su vida correctamente. Read More

  • BP entrevista a Russ Moore sobre la reunión con Jeb Bush

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- La libertad religiosa, las preocupaciones pro-vida y el matrimonio gay estuvieron entre los temas discutidos en las reuniones de Russell D. Moore con Jeb Bush y con otros potenciales candidatos presidenciales para el 2016, dijo el bautista del sur líder en ética en una entrevista con Baptist Press. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: La importancia de la enseñanza de Jesús

    Por Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Friday, May 16, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Si comenzara esta nota hablando de la importancia de la doctrina Cristiana, probablemente muy pocos seguirían leyendo. La razón se encuentra en la connotación que la palabra "doctrina" ha tomado en círculos cristianos. ... Read More