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  • FIRST-PERSON: Don't just watch the world pass by

    by Terry Sharp, posted Thursday, May 03, 2018 (19 days ago)

    The U.S. has become "a modern crossroads of peoples from throughout the world," Terry Sharp writes, calling Christians to welcome and share their faith with "the nations that God is sending to our cities and communities." Read More

  • 'That His glory may be known' is Va. church's goal

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    HAMILTON, Va. (BP) -- "When I came here we had a lot of money in the bank, and we needed to fix that," said Steven Carne, pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church for five years.

    He challenged the congregation regarding financial stewardship.

    "God entrusts us with His resources; not to save them for a rainy day, nor to bury them in the ground, but to utilize them to make disciples," Carne told Hamilton Baptist. "I don't want Jesus to return and say to us, 'What have you done with what I have entrusted to you?' Read More

  • IMB Facebook Live event confronts missions barriers

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (27 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Church size, budget limitations and fear should not prevent local congregations from engaging in global missions, said panelists at a Facebook Live event today (April 25) hosted by the International Mission Board.

    Pastors "are not just called to tend sheep," said Cliff Jordan, pastor of Movement Church in Richmond, Va. "We're called to send them" to the nations. "It's just part of the job."

    The event featured IMB President David Platt interviewing Richmond-area pastors from churches of various sizes about "major barriers to engaging a church in missions." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Missionary heroes

    by Doug Munton, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (28 days ago)

    Count missionaries as "a special kind of hero," Doug Munton writes, citing how they "die to self" amid the joys of a calling often tempered by loneliness, isolation and illness. Read More

  • Equipping the American church for missions

    by Emily Verlin, posted Monday, April 16, 2018 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Before I moved back to the U.S. after serving as a missionary for two years in South Asia, many people told me to expect a difficult season as I returned home. They told me I would experience reverse culture shock in a variety of ways.

    Reverse culture shock is a common experience for many returned missionaries. And it would be easy to let these struggles paralyze us when we return from the field. However, our field experience -- whether it was two years or 20 -- has given us a tremendous opportunity to continue the work back home. Read More

  • Southeastern aiding Cuban convention's momentum

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands.

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Convention and its Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

    Southeastern's involvement comes at a "very unique period in Cuba's history," ... Read More

  • La. church 'conduit for what God gives us'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (one month ago)

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    COUSHATTA, La. -- The Cooperative Program came up during last month's meeting of the missions committee at Fairview Baptist Church in Coushatta.

    The group was discussing a parachurch sports ministry Fairview Coushatta has financially assisted for several years. When a person raised a question about the amount necessary for assistance, pastor Matt Endris took the opportunity to show some of the benefits of Cooperative Program giving. Read More

  • Reaching Latin America's largest Chinese community

    by Nicole Leigh, posted Monday, April 02, 2018 (one month ago)

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    LIMA, Peru (BP) -- Most people wouldn't think of Peru as being a hub of Chinese work, but there are more than a million Chinese in the country, 200,000 in Lima alone.

    They began coming to Peru three generations ago when the abolition of slavery left a void in the country's workforce. They were indentured servants, and once they fulfilled their contracts, many stayed and opened their own businesses.

    Today, Lima's Chinatown is a bustling center of activity with markets, stores and an abundance of delicious food that Peruvians have grown to love. Read More

  • Opera singer from Brazil sparks Vienna house church

    by Nicole Leigh, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (one month ago)

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    VIENNA (BP) -- When Maria* began to feel God nudging her to share Christ with Persians, she didn't know exactly what a Persian was. (There's no Persian language and no Persia on the map.) But within a week Maria met a girl from Iran. When Maria asked what language she spoke, the girl said "Persian," so Maria invited the young lady to study the Bible.

    Maria didn't set out to start a new Persian church. She was just obeying God. But that Bible study has now grown to over 100 people -- a mixture of former Muslims from Iran and Afghanistan, former Buddhists from Vietnam and former atheists ... Read More

  • New VBS resource helps churches 'go, tell' worldwide

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Packing for your next mission trip may have just gotten a whole lot easier.

    LifeWay Christian Resources has produced a new Vacation Bible School program called "Go & Tell Kids" to serve as a gospel presentation tool that's easy to transport to the mission field and works anywhere.

    "'Go & Tell Kids' is themeless, meaning people don't have to drag a bunch of stuff with them halfway around the world, and it's stripped of uniquely American cultural references," said Melita Thomas, VBS and kids ministry specialist at LifeWay. "It's relevant to kids in any culture and setting." Read More