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  • Salvations 'on a daily basis became normal'

    by Alex Sibley, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    ASIA (BP) -- When Jeremiah Farmer*, an architect, and his wife Joy* sensed a clear call from the Lord to minister in Asia, they had been active in their local church but had no seminary training and hadn't planned to leave for a foreign country.

    Nevertheless, in obedience to the Lord, they followed their church's advice and applied with the International Mission Board, which accepted them and then deployed them to a closed part of Asia.

    From the beginning, Farmer told fellow believers he did not qualify to be on the mission field. Even so, he and his wife agreed to stay as long as the Lord told them to stay and to maintain a "laser focus" on a specific goal: figuring out how to get the Gospel to their region's 650 million people, 80 percent of whom had never heard the message of Jesus. Read More

  • South Asia church planter gets nurture for his vision

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (14 days ago)

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    SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Sampson* grew up in a Christian home where his father was the pastor of a large traditional church in South Asia. When Sampson got married, God began to stir his heart for a new work in one of South Asia's largest cities, more than 250 miles from his home and family.

    The first few years of ministry there were difficult. Sampson and his wife lost their newborn baby shortly after birth. Then, one day as they gathered for worship and fellowship with friends, their house caught fire and they lost all their belongings.

    Finally, their ministry partners made the abrupt decision to go separate ways after five years working together. Sampson and his wife were struggling financially and emotionally but they continued to believe that God had called them to live in this city.

    A few weeks after Sampson and his wife were on their own, he met Cal*, a worker with the IMB (International Mission Board), and confided to Cal his deep desire to see healthy churches planted. Many of the 20 different groups Sampson was teaching each month had no baptized believers at all, but he had been told he was unqualified to administer the Lord's Supper or baptism without a seminary education. Read More

  • What do spouses do when their callings don't line up?

    by Lesley Hildreth, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (28 days ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Several years ago I was speaking with a student from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was in a degree program where the student completes half of it on campus and the other half on the mission field. He said, "I have completed my on-campus hours and am ready to study overseas. But, I have a problem: my wife isn't willing to go."

    Discerning the Lord's call is an important step for everyone seeking to walk with God. Questions about how to sort out this crisis of calling abound. More specifically for this conversation are the questions about how spouses discern a call together and what they do when they don't seem to share the same calling. Read More

  • What do spouses do when their callings don't line up?

    by Lesley Hildreth, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (28 days ago)

    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Several years ago I was speaking with a student from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary who was in a degree program where the student completes half of it on campus and the other half on the mission field. He said, "I have completed my on-campus hours and am ready to study overseas. But, I have a problem: my wife isn't willing to go."

    Discerning the Lord's call is an important step for everyone seeking to walk with God. Questions about how to sort out this crisis of calling abound. More specifically for this conversation are the questions about how spouses discern a call together and what they do when they don't seem to share the same calling. Read More

  • Kenyan family introduced to the Great Physician

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (28 days ago)

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    NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) -- Fatuma* is raising her five children in a one-room metal house among 2.5 million people who dwell in an estimated 200 slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the squalid living conditions, she knows her children have something she never had as a child: love.

    After she was orphaned, Fatuma was sent to her aunt and uncle to be raised. They treated her like a servant and kept her home from school to do cleaning chores.

    Fatuma's hunger to learn once resulted in a beating after she leafed through a cousin's school book. Read More

  • Former slave sees God's answer to his prayers

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (29 days ago)

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    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The dirt road snaked long and lonely out to Cudjo's cabin on the outskirts of Mobile as Mary Ellen Caver tried to mentally prepare to meet the former slave.

    Caver had lived as a single missionary among a tribe in Nigeria before coming home to Alabama. For years, she had been accustomed to the unusual; this time, she had been told it would be a crazy man.

    The day before, as Caver had walked out of a church in south Alabama, she had met a group of black men waiting in the parking lot. They knew she had been a missionary to Africa, and they wanted her to put some of their questions to rest. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: God's portion -- sufficient to sustain & delight

    by Abi Waters, posted Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (29 days ago)

    Abi Waters learned to love Brazil's people and culture this summer, yet even though her portion in life "looks different from the portion that belongs to my Brazilian brothers and sisters … they should all be celebrated for what they are: gifts from the Lord Himself." Read More

  • Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (one month ago)

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) -- An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs).

    The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team's recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June. The new vision team will report its findings to the SBCAL executive team in advance of the 2019 SBCAL annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., June 9-10.

    Included in SBCAL-adopted recommendations are the use of the title "associational mission strategist" for all directors of missions and the adoption of certain foundational, relational and strategic proficiencies for the job description. Read More

  • Pakistani voices his faith to fellow migrant workers

    by IMB Staff, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (one month ago)

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    GREECE (BP) -- Waseem* could never be accused of lacking passion.

    Having grown up in a Christian family in Pakistan, Waseem often defended his faith in heated religious debates with Muslims on the streets of Lahore. He brought his fervor with him to southern Europe where he sought work -- and more arguments about the Gospel with fellow Pakistani migrants.

    Over time, God used the counsel of other Christians, and even a stint in jail, to redirect Waseem's energies toward a biblical model for evangelism, discipleship and church planting. He began sharing the Gospel in love and has trained more than 40 Pakistani Christians in Greece to plant churches. Read More

  • Trucker who killed family of 5 finds mercy

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Tammy Bain, North Platte Telegraph. Used by permission.
    OGALLALA, Neb. (BP) -- A grieving father's Scripture-laden plea for mercy led to a lenient 180-day jail sentence for the truck driver who killed a missionary family of five in an auto accident last year.

    Cedric Pals told Keith County (Neb.) District Judge Richard Birch he has experienced "unrelenting anguish" since learning July 31, 2017, that his son Jamison Pals had been killed in an automobile collision along with his wife Kathryne, both 29, and their three children Ezra, Violet and Calvin, ages 3, 2 and 2 months. Read More