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In Nepal's Himalayas, 7 students engage Tibetans in conversation
KATHMANDU, Nepal (BP) -- Elderly women walk clockwise around a Tibetan Buddhist temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Their hands bear sculpted calluses earned from years of rolling prayer beads between their thumbs and index fingers.Tibetans are known for their resistance to the Gospel, International Mission Board representative Tal Bratcher* tells those who've come to work with him.
Before they return home, seven recent high school graduates will see some of the spiritual calluses soften when they tell how God softened hard spots in their own hearts.
The students came from Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo., to help Bratcher and his wife Janice* start churches in two Tibetan areas of Kathmandu.
The Bratchers are responsible for planting churches among 10 Tibetan unengaged and unreached people groups in Nepal. Unreached and unengaged people groups have never heard the Gospel, have no one actively spreading the Good News and have no known believers. Many of these people groups in Nepal live tucked away in the Himalayas.
It's a daunting task, and that's why the Bratchers are investing in national believers and short-term teams like Concord to help them fulfill the Great Commission among the Tibetans of Nepal.
English, Jesus & Coffee
Though the students had just graduated from high school, the Bratchers had big plans for their venture to Nepal.
"Really try not to put God in a box and feel like He won't be able to use you because you're young, or because you don't have any missions experience or don't know the language," Bratcher told the students during their orientation.
Their ministry time centered on English clubs, scheduled times where anyone could come practice English for free. Tibetan and Nepalese children learn English in school but rarely have the chance to practice.
Concord students spent time walking and prayerwalking through neighborhoods trying to start conversations. Everyone the students met received an invitation to come practice English for an hour in a local coffee shop.
This allowed the students to meet one-on-one with Tibetans and build relationships in order to share the Gospel. In the afternoons, they hosted sports camps and shared the Gospel at the end of the camps. Read More
Tibetan believers find God in musicKATHMANDU, Nepal (BP) -- The Tibetan men and women begin to weep as the believer's hands slide over the guitar strings. It's their hearts' melody -- put to music in their own language. Read More
Obama ads' focus on abortion is unprecedented"We have not seen this kind of campaigning coming from a presidential campaign before."WASHINGTON (BP) -- In his quest for re-election, President Obama and his campaign have gone against historical precedent and perhaps conventional wisdom by opting to make abortion a major theme in television campaign ads -- something no Democratic nominee has ever done in a general election. Read More
-- National Right to Life president.
NAMB promotes wives as ministry partners
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) -- The more than 2,000 church planters, pastors and ministry leaders attending the Send North America Conference at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., brought with them what is often considered one of their greatest assets in ministry: their wives. Read More
Send North America Conf. impacts digital pair
WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) –- The Acevedos didn't meet through conventional means and don't lead conventional lives.
"We met online," Mariana Acevedo said of herself and Al, her husband of three years. "Yes, it was a dating service and my mom was all, 'We can go to make sure he's alright.' And I'm, 'Mom, we're meeting in a public place. It's safe.'"
It's that digital savvy that brought the couple to the North American Mission Board's Send North America Conference.
"We got that email," th... Read More
Ridgecrest garners conference planners' praise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina has been awarded the first-ever 2012 "Praise Award" by Religious Conference Manager magazine.
The nation's largest Christian conference facility, Ridgecrest is owned and operated by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and has ministered to millions of guests during its more than a century of service.
Members of the Religious Conference Manager Association across the country were a... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Are we prepared to reach the 'globals'?
The "globals" generation -- young 20- and early 30-somethings -- display various characteristics relatively new to American culture, college professor Stephen Douglas Wilson writes on the challenge facing older Christians in imparting their faith to an emerging global, secular-minded generation. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 'American Bible Challenge' -- the best game show since 'Jeopardy'
Columnist Phil Boatwright viewed a pilot episode of "The American Bible Challenge" and was impressed. The show debuts Thursday on GSN at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Mo., La. & Ga. evangelism/missions news
EDITOR'S NOTE: From the States, published each Tuesday by Baptist Press, relays news and feature stories from state Baptist papers and other publications on initiatives by Baptist churches, associations and state conventions in evangelism, church planting and Great Commission outreach, including partnership missions. Reports about churches, associations and state conventions responding to the International Mission Board's call to embrace the world's 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups also ... Read More