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Russian city is LifeWay employee's focus
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Brian Krebs has a divided heart.
It is split between his life as the face of Southern Baptist missions in Novokuznetsk, Russia, and his other life as a husband, father, grandfather and employee of LifeWay Christian Resources.
For the past three years Krebs has served as virtual strategy coordinator (VSC) with the International Mission Board. The VSC position allows a person to work in an area that has no on-site missionary presence but is seen as a location ripe for a partnership. In this position, Krebs works with evangelical churches in Novokuznetsk, supporting their ministry and helping them engage unbelievers in the city.
"Well less than 1 percent of Novokuznetsk's 500,000 people are believers," Krebs estimates.
"There are a few believers there who are working diligently to reach out to the people of Novokuznetsk," he said. "I want to come alongside them and help them with whatever they need to do that."
Krebs' interest in Novokuznetsk began five years ago when Grace Community Church, a Southern Baptist congregation with a strong English as a Second Language [ESL] ministry in suburban Nashville, Tenn., began teaching English as a ministry in Belarus, a former Soviet republic.
Krebs and his wife Vicki joined fellow Grace Community members in trips to Belarus annually from 2003-06 and fell in love with the people they met.
"The people are so hospitable," he said. "Naturally, they were wary of our intentions, but when they understood that we really were sincere in wanting to help them with English, they welcomed us warmly." Read More
Martyred father left legacy of faithNOVOKUZNETSK, Russia (BP)--Knowing that her father gave his life for his faith has made 82-year-old Yelisavyeta Krukova a lifelong prayer warrior.
Krukova is a longtime member of the Baptist church in Novokuznetsk, a city of more than 500,000 in southern Siberia. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Strength & joy in Russia
NOVOKUZNETSK, Russia (BP)--The contrast was startling. Read More
GCR task force quizzed on range of topics
ROGERS, Ark. (BP)--Questions raised during the Great Commission Resurgence task force's Aug. 26 "listening session" ran the gamut ... Read More
SBC President Hunt urges 'personal Great Commission resurgence'
ROGERS, Ark. (BP)--Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt called on the denomination's pastors Aug. 26 to seek "a personal Great Commission Resurgence" and lead their congregations to "embrace in the greatest degree ever the lostness of the world."
Hunt spoke to more than 400 pastors and laypeople at the Church at Pinnacle Hills in Rogers, Ark., during the first "listening session" for rank and file Southern Baptists held by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force.
"We wi... Read More
GCR task force calls for input, prayer
ROGERS, Ark. (BP)--Interest is "huge" in the Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and the group wants grass-roots Southern Baptists to share their thoughts and mobilize their congregations to pray for the task force's work, its chairman said Aug. 27.
In statements to reporters following the task force's Aug. 26-27 meeting, Ronnie Floyd said he was very pleased with the Aug. 26 listening session that drew more than 400 pastors and lay leaders from the region a... Read More
Wash. gay partner referendum nears ballot
OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP)--An effort to overturn Washington state's same-sex domestic partnerships law is on pace to qualify for the ballot, with the next several days determining its fate.
Referendum 71, as it is called, would go on the November ballot and reverse a law that grants homosexual couples all the legal benefits of marriage, minus the name. Supporters submitted 137,689 signatures July 25 and have been waiting since then to see if they met the threshold of 120,577 valid signatures.
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FIRST-PERSON: Let your voice be heard about abortion funding
DALLAS (BP)--CBS News Anchor Katie Couric asked President Obama last month whether he advocates federal funding of abortion in a health care plan public option. Read More
WORLDVIEW: Back to school for 130 million college students
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Another school year is gearing up -- a good time to focus on one of the fastest-growing "people groups" on the planet: college students. Read More