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  • Lifelong singleness not an issue for missionary surgeon

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (16 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Decorated surgeon and missionary Rebekah Naylor, who heard God's call to medical missions at age 13, never longed for marriage and motherhood. She simply left the details of her life up to the Lord, she told Baptist Press just shy of her 74th birthday.

    "I think it is vital that we not put qualifications on God's call," said Naylor, who celebrated her birthday on Jan. 2. "It cannot be that I agree to respond to God's call to missions provided He gives me a husband or sends me to a particular place.

    "Total submission to Him is essential," she noted. "Then the promise is that He will direct our paths. I have experienced that over and over." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Start somewhere

    by Keith Shorter, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (19 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

  • Christmas hospitality: How missions, parties collide

    by Preston Fidler, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In our part of the world, there are no Christmas parades, no lines to visit Santa, and no corner lots filled with cut trees for sale. But our neighbors -- most of whom have never observed Christmas -- know that we celebrate Jesus.

    This isn't because our front lawn has a giant nativity scene or because we put on a spectacular laser light show (not that there's anything wrong with that). They know for one simple reason: we invite them into our home.

    I'm sure that for some who are reading this, the thought of having people over is as scary as Charles Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Future. But it doesn't have to be that way. Hospitality is a trait followers of Jesus ought to develop. For us, it's one of the best ways to build bridges to the Gospel with our neighbors. As you look to make the most of this Christmas season, consider how to share Jesus with people who are right around you. Read More

  • Seminary's impact strengthens family's call to serve

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (one month ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As Lesley Hildreth walked across the stage with her daughter, Rachel Hildreth Breniser, at Binkley Chapel on Dec. 8 to receive their degrees, the moment represented not only personal accomplishments but also Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's influence on the Hildreth family.

    "Southeastern is a key vehicle that has enabled us to serve the Lord better and serve the Lord together," said Scott Hildreth, director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern, husband to Lesley and father to Rachel. Read More

  • IMB's Platt: When we pray, God works

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- No matter what the story is, whether it's a family planting a church in a doctor's office in Japan or a young man sharing truth over coffee with university students in Mexico City, International Mission Board president David Platt says two things are true: God is at work through missionaries around the world and praying for them matters.

    "This isn't just a rushed or mechanical exercise. God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world," Platt said. "We've got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. God ordained it that way. When we pray, God works." Read More

  • Hearts drawn to Gospel: Missionaries see God at work

    by Staff, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- It was as vivid a dream as it could possibly be, and she didn't know where it came from.

    Dilara* hadn't been asking anyone questions about Jesus or researching Christianity. But in her dream, Jesus picked the woman up from her bed and started walking her through the streets of her town.

    "We eventually came upon this building, and He opened the door for me," she said. Then she realized it was a church. Read More

  • Greg Wood, IMB missionary to Mexico, dies at 48

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Missionary Greg Wood, who spent 11 years sharing the Gospel in an indigenous village with his family in Mexico, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, from aggressive brain cancer. He was 48.

    "Greg was unwavering in His love for the Lord, his family and for the unreached people of northern Mexico," said colleague Charles Clark, IMB's affinity group leader for the American peoples.

    "In the midst of serving with his wife Missy and family in some of the most dangerous areas of Mexico, his passion and joy in sharing Jesus never wavered," Clark said. "His passion for the unreached was contagious as he walked alongside and mentored national believers to continue the missionary task. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Family finds calling in 'young people's haven'

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Shane Mikeska's missions calling and plane ticket didn't land him in London -- a tropical illness did. "It definitely wasn't part of our plan," he said. "My wife, Lindsay and I started out in Southeast Asia on an agricultural farm. We loved the people, and we loved the language. But long story short, I got sick."

    He needed to be in a place with a colder climate, and after much deliberation, it looked like England was the place. So the couple moved, and the difference was stark. It wasn't just the climate that was cold; Shane said the people seemed cold toward Christianity. And the pace of life in England's cities felt chaotic and hard to engage. Read More

  • What Lottie Moon taught me about injustice, Gospel

    by Lori McDaniel, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND (BP) -- I've met injustice face to face.

    She was a trafficked woman who stood beside me at a train station in Asia, her pimp glaring from a few feet away. Everything within me wanted to grab her hand and rescue her. But our conversation ended abruptly, and I don't know where she is today.

    I heard injustice cry out on the edge of an African village as 10-year-old girls were "circumcised" as part of a village tradition. The village women sang in celebration, and my heart split between anger and compassion. The need for justice and the Gospel weighed heavy on my soul. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Whatever it takes

    by Robert Jackson, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (one month ago)

    Family physician Robert Jackson recounts life-or-death decisions faced by the father of a daughter with leukemia and a group of pastors and deacons pondering the fate of unreached people in Asia. Read More