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IMB trustees focus on 'lostness,' hear of coming missions surge
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Their attention riveted on the "lostness" of world peoples, Southern Baptist International Mission Board trustees heard proposals March 19-21 to raise the number of missionaries dramatically and share the gospel with unreached people groups by starting "church-planting movements."
God seems to be providing funds, people and opportunities for a major surge in missions overseas as the world crosses the threshold into the third millennium, noted IMB Executive Vice President Do... Read More
Exuberant audience sees 53 commissioned by IMB
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Exhibiting a passion for winning the world to Christ, Southern Baptists' 53 newest missionaries told 5,000 people in Del City, Okla., how God led them to quit their jobs, sell their homes and leave family and friends for service overseas.
"I was a merchandise manager with J.C. Penney and loved management when God called me to missions," said appointee Terry Willett.
"I was managing my dad's lady's clothing store when I accepted the call to missions," said Leslie Burch.
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FCC approves television ratings, v-chip, but criticisms continue
WASHINGTON (BP)--The federal government's approval of the television ratings system, as well as the implementation of the technology to utilize it, has not deactivated the debate about its worthiness.
The Federal Communications Commission accepted the television industry's voluntary ratings in its March 12 meeting. The FCC also approved rules for installation of the "v-chip," the equipment required by Congress in its 1996 Telecommunications Act to enable programs to be blocked from viewing.
Supreme Court refuses to review rejection of late-term abortion ban
WASHINGTON (BP)--The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a lower court ruling against a late-term abortion ban, but supporters of Congress' prohibition on the partial-birth abortion procedure denied it would harm their efforts.
The high court announced March 23 it would not hear the appeal of a case in which a 1995 Ohio law banning some abortions after fetal viability was overturned by a federal court. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's decision.
The law prohibi... Read More
Missionary Marie Carter dies in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BP)--Marie Blocher Carter, a Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionary in Argentina, died March 23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was 59.
Carter, from Lee's Summit, Mo., became ill March 13 with flu-like symptoms. She was admitted to British Hospital in Buenos Aires March 19 with a lung infection. Doctors later diagnosed her with blood poisoning, and her condition deteriorated rapidly despite treatment, said missionary Clayton Rock, strategy coordinator ... Read More
98 Crowds continue at Miss. church, prompting extension of revival
LAUREL, Miss. (BP)-- The "Find Me Faithful" crusade at Highland Baptist Church, Laurel, Miss., will continue indefinitely, according to Bart Terry, the church's associate pastor for education and administration.
The revival began Feb. 1.
Pastor Dennis Sewell previously had announced that the evangelistic services would cease at the end of March. However, due to large crowds continuing to attend and the number of decisions being registered, the decision was made to continue. As of March 17, t... Read More
Top rodeo clown says awards, TV shows second to his witness
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (BP)--He has entertained in nearly every major arena, including Madison Square Garden in New York. He has appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. He has even done the weather with Willard Scott of NBC's "Today" show. And all because he's one of the best at what he does -- rodeo clowning.
Mike Ulmer of Mount Vernon, Mo., has been named Clown of the Year by the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) for two consecutive years. Numerous other awards, usually... Read More