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  • Senior adult conversions on the rise?

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (15 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When evangelist Phil Waldrep agreed to preach a revival at a nursing home, he didn't expect a huge response. After all, he reasoned, aren't most older people already Christians?

    But of the 40-60 nursing home residents who attended the services, 21 made a profession of faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior, and about 10 were later baptized at a local church.

    That experience two decades ago helped spur Waldrep to add senior adult events to his schedule. Today, he and fellow Southern Baptist evangelists say they are seeing a steady -- and in some cases increasing -- stream of people over 55 coming to know Christ. Read More

  • Home by home, Burmese hear church's Gospel appeal

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, January 18, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    SAN DIEGO (BP) -- Thirty people made professions of faith in Jesus during Agape Myanmar Mission's home visits for its third annual Christmas outreach.

    "And a lot of Burmese people hear the Good News for the first time," pastor Silas Lian told Baptist Press. "Please keep praying for us and support us as we will follow them up and disciple our new believers."

    Not just locally in San Diego, but Lian is building a strategy for reaching Burmese throughout California, the United States and Myanmar (Burma) in Southeast Asia. Read More

  • Hawaii missile alert spurred witness, goodbyes to family

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- Praying, sharing the Gospel and contacting loved ones were among Hawaii Baptists' reactions when a mistaken alert message Jan. 13 said a ballistic missile could strike them within minutes.

    Shortly after 8 a.m. local time, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent an alert to cell phones on the islands stating, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." A television banner added, "A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes."

    State government officials revoked the alert after 38 minutes, according to media reports, and later said the message went out because of human error. But amid heightened tension with North Korea, some Hawaiians and tourists thought their lives could end within the hour. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Start somewhere

    by Keith Shorter, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (21 days ago)

    "You can't take the Gospel everywhere amid the overwhelming lostness in our world," Keith Shorter writes, "but you can take the Gospel somewhere, so start there." Read More

  • Disaster relief, record AAEO top NAMB stories in 2017

    by NAMB Staff, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (one month 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

  • SBC evangelism task force discusses recommendations

    by Alex Sibley , posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (one month ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Members of the Southern Baptist Convention's evangelism task force met Dec. 5 to each share recommendations that will be considered for a final report to the SBC's 2018 annual meeting in Dallas.

    The task force gathered on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for the second of three scheduled meetings. SBC President Steve Gaines appointed the task force during the SBC annual meeting in June to focus on how Southern Baptists might be more effective in personal soul winning and evangelistic preaching. Read More

  • Amid RVers in the Ariz. desert, church offers faith

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (one month ago)

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    QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (BP) -- At least 400 vendors for the nation's largest RV show plus nine major rock/gem/mineral shows and 15 general swap meets gather each balmy winter in the Sonora Desert of southwestern Arizona.

    The vendors see more than a million visitors between December and March who park recreational vehicles, campers, fifth-wheels, vans and sometimes just tents on the flat desert floor around the former mining town of Quartzsite and its 4,000 people.

    The Arizona Bureau of Land Management permits camping on its lands in the desert for $180 for six months, according to its website. This makes for an economical -- and pleasant, weather-wise -- winter base for those seeking relief from the cold and snow in northern parts of the United States and Canada. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'We simply talked about the Savior'

    by Jacqueline Scott, posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (one month ago)

    Jacqueline Scott, in venturing to Cairo, Ill., to join in sharing the Gospel, recounts a lesson in being "natural, sensitive and intentional" in conversations with people who need Christ. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Praying for others

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Ronnie Floyd notes that churches, denominations, ministries and the prayer movement in American cannot be separated from evangelism. "Every Christian needs to pray for others to come to faith in Jesus Christ," he writes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Campuses as mission fields

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Today's college students need "droves of Christians who hold the truth and light of the Gospel in their hands," Brian Hobbs writes of America's greatest unreached mission field. Read More