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Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in VancouverVANCOUVER (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 2017ALPHARETTA, 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 planterBOSTON (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?
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
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 saysPHILADELPHIA (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
FIRST-PERSON: From 'absolutely not' to 'come and see'
Brandon Pearce recounts a rejuvenated love for being a rural pastor, remembering his initial dismissal of the idea of planting a church in rural Kansas. Read More
D.C.-area planter, church taking Christ to 'all peoples'WASHINGTON (BP) -- What connects Osaka, Japan and Fairfax, Va.?
Given that Fairfax lies less than 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., one might expect several connections between the major Japanese port city and a suburb of the United States capital. But, one particular link has led to radical life change for several Fairfax residents.
About a year ago, All Peoples Community Church (APCC), led by pastor Kenji Adachi, held its first service. Pastor Adachi, born in Osaka, moved to Fairfax in 2003 to pastor a multiethnic church in the Washington D.C. metro area. Read More
WWII-era couple's sacrifice yields new Hispanic churchFRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Missions has been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s in helping start six churches.
Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin, Tenn., and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer.
"Lord, open the door and we will go," they always said.
In 1975 the couple helped begin their last church, Harpeth First Baptist in rural ... Read More
Refugee of communist China plants churches in Okla.TULSA, Okla. (BP) -- Outgoing National Asian American Fellowship President Ted Lam has a dream of unprecedented Asian church planting in the U.S., and he has a plan to accomplish it.
His personal testimony of escape from communist China is a tool to help him carry out that plan.
After serving more than a decade as a church planting leader with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Lam was elected in 2016 as the first president ... Read More