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  • Class of 2017 church plants proclaim Jesus, change lives

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, April 13, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- One October morning in 2017, a young lady visited a brand new church in Montréal. She didn't have a positive view of Christianity, but something struck a chord with her that morning.

    "She came up to me after the service and told me she didn't understand what she was feeling," said Jackson Ntumba, pastor of La Chapelle Ahuntsic, a church plant that launched in September 2017. "She didn't know Jesus, but she wanted to know more about Him."

    She spent time after La Chapelle's Sunday services in the church's one-on-one ministry which is designed to facilitate conversations about Christianity. She gave her life to Christ and was baptized the following month. Read More

  • Flood waters, pastor's vision lead to new church

    by Don Cockes, posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 (13 days ago)

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    COVINGTON, Va. (BP) -- There is a new church in Alleghany County, Va. -- and it happened because of a flood, a legacy and a pastor's vision.

    In June 2016, Fincastle Baptist Church, located in Fincastle, Va., just outside of Roanoke, reached out to the town of Covington after a flood that affected the area. Fincastle responded with volunteers, known as the Go Team, and developed a plan to provide furniture and appliances to flood victims. In partnership with SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief and with the help of SBCV's Vision Virginia funds, Fincastle was able to help nearly 500 families. Read More

  • Korean couple honored for Nepalese & Bhutanese plants

    by Shannon Baker/Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware , posted Friday, March 23, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Korean pastor Samuel Cho and his wife Young -- known for starting the first Nepalese and Bhutanese Baptist churches in the United States -- were honored in a retirement celebration March 18 at the Baltimore-area White Marsh Baptist Church.

    The service was conducted in four languages -- Korean, Nepalese, Bhutanese and English -- and featured testimonies and greetings from various groups who have supported the couple's efforts in Baltimore during the past decade.

    At the conclusion of the service, Cho symbolically transferred his leadership as pastor to Manoj Shrestha of the Nepal Baptist Church of Baltimore and Razu Budhathoki of the Bhutan Baptist Church of Baltimore through the joint cutting of the celebratory cake. Read More

  • A win-win: church plants & sponsoring churches

    by Tobin Perry , posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CLEBURNE, Texas (BP) -- At 30,000 people, Cleburne is not a big city -- nor a small town -- on the fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

    It's a community full of young families with a large contingency of older citizens who have called it home for decades. But when church planter John Turner looks at Cleburne, he sees a city desperate for more Gospel-preaching local churches.

    Turner, who is planting The Hill Church, said people were "either traveling out of town to find a church that meets the needs of the family or people who were in town but hadn't found a church that was for them." Read More

  • Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in Vancouver

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (3 months ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Miller
    VANCOUVER (BP) -- Pastor Gavaha* received the alarming news while he was visiting South Korea for a leadership conference. A group of men, claiming to have come to deliver a magazine at his family's home in Pakistan, had forced their way past an armed security guard and taken Gavaha's wife and four children hostage.

    A few weeks earlier, Gavaha had led Christian mission teams into areas in Pakistan that had been severely impacted by floods in 2010 and 2011. He and his team brought both flood relief and the Gospel message of Jesus. Read More

  • Disaster relief, record AAEO top NAMB stories in 2017

    by NAMB Staff, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In one of the most turbulent weather years in U.S. history, Southern Baptists stretched their disaster relief capabilities in bringing relief to those affected by massive storms.

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) coordinated multi-state responses to three major hurricanes. Southern Baptist volunteers prepared more than 3 million meals, served over 90,000 days and witnessed more than 700 people profess faith in Christ in ministering to hurricane survivors. Read More

  • Partnering churches embolden Boston-area planter

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Larry Aultman.
    BOSTON (BP) -- "Where would Paul go today?"

    Chris Causey, pastor of Boston-area church plant Encounter Church, asked himself this as he read the accounts of Paul's missionary journeys in the book of Acts.

    What started off as a reflection during his personal study, Causey noted, would become the Holy Spirit drawing him in a new direction. Causey noticed that Paul often went to the major cities, cities with a global impact, and as he reflected and prayed on that fact, he started to sense a calling from God. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Why Chicago?

    by Dennis Conner, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

    No matter where you live, Dennis Conner notes, metropolitan areas like Chicago are located between you and "the end of the earth" in the Great Commission. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Connected to the family

    by Kevin Ezell , posted Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, tells of a church planter in Maine who is "not alone" due to Southern Baptists' cooperative support. Read More

  • CP unites beyond finances, church planter says

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Peter Yanes
    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Though the Cooperative Program unites Southern Baptist churches in giving money for missions, it also helps believers acknowledge they need each other in the daunting task of reaching the nations for Christ, a church planter with an international background said.

    "We learn to cooperate more in missions giving, sending and partnering because of the Cooperative Program's unifying spirit, realizing that we need to be together because of the enormous demands of the mission field," Peter Yanes, a North American Mission Board church planting catalyst in Philadelphia, told Baptist Press. Read More