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  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (22 hours ago)

    Photo by Roy Burroughs/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- As a preschooler in Mission Friends, new Southern Baptist missionary Amy Jones learned about God's desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language by His grace and for His is glory.

    "It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set," Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration Nov. 16 that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel at the IMB's office in Richmond, Va. "Europeans are fascinating peoples, but too few follow Christ. So I began to pray for them." Read More

  • Teen's witness continues with memorial gift to IMB

    by Margaret Colson, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (23 days ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The Christian witness that Sarah Harmening shared in her short 17 years of life on this earth will continue to reverberate for eternity through a generous memorial gift presented by her family to the International Mission Board.

    The Alabama teen's parents, Karen and Scott Harmening -- along with their three other daughters, Katelyn, Kristen and Sophie -- presented a check for $91,120 to the IMB on Wednesday (Oct. 25).

    "This is what was donated and raised in honor of Sarah, her life and legacy. So we're excited to bring the check for $91,120, all for [the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions (LMCO)]," Scott said as he presented the check to David Platt, IMB president. Read More

  • 'Remarkable' Rutledge collection new to SBC archives

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Don Rutledge
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The late award winning photographer Don Rutledge tried his hand at pastoring, but realized his true calling in uniquely displaying God's creation. Photographs and related items spanning more than 40 years of his ministry and missions comprise a new Southern Baptist archival collection.

    "I love photojournalism and enjoy using it as a worldwide Christian ministry," the renowned photographer has said. "It forces me to see, to look beyond what the average person observes, to search where few people care even to look, to glance over and beyond my backyard fence. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Let me tell you about …

    by Rick Hillard, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (one month ago)

    Rick Hillard writes about two men, both doctrinally sound and engaged in challenging missions work among the unreached. But there's one big difference. Read More

  • CP speeds Central Asian outreach for Movement Church

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (one month ago)

    Submitted photo
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A young Richmond, Va.-area church saw the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program this summer while helping a Central Asian village build water wells.

    "The work is thrilling," said Cliff Jordan, a church planter and pastor of the eight-year-old Movement Church, where about 250 people attend Sunday morning worship. Jordan appreciates International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries who laid the foundation for his mission team to arrive in the village and make a difference in a relatively short time, he told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Missionary physician Franklin Fowler dies at 100

    by Ann Lovell & Art Toalston, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (one month ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Franklin T. Fowler, the first medical consultant for Southern Baptists' Foreign Mission Board, died Sept. 10 in Richmond, Va., at age 100.

    Fowler began serving at the board (now International Mission Board) in 1960 after he and his wife Dorcas had been missionaries in Paraguay and Mexico.

    In Paraguay, Fowler founded a Baptist hospital in Asuncion, which continues today under Paraguayan leadership as the Baptist Medical Center, which treats 16,000 patients per month in the nation's capital. Read More

  • Singleness: 'Magnetic pull' of missions prevails

    by Emily Stockton, posted Tuesday, September 26, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- When I first felt called to the mission field, I didn't give much thought to whether I'd serve as a single or as a wife. I was only 11, after all. I just knew Jesus offered salvation, people needed to hear about it, and I wanted to go tell them.

    With laser focus, I prepared for life as a missionary. I involved myself in church outreach, attended college and seminary, satisfied work requirements, and met every condition the mission board had for new workers. Read More

  • Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, September 25, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- Thirteen photos -- a wide palette of Russian faces -- hang on the walls of Marc Ira Hooks' office.

    One is an elderly man in Sochi, the Russian city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Another is a young boy more than 5,700 miles away in eastern Siberia, face wrapped in fur. And there are more faces, covering the miles, cities and people groups in between.

    They're the faces of the vast need for Christ in Russia, said Hooks, associate ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The time is now

    by Terry Sharp, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Now is the time to be a friend to an international student, Terry Sharp writes, to help those who have traveled far from their native lands adjust to life in a new country early in the school year. Read More

  • 25,297 years: emeritus missionaries mark their call

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (2 months ago)

    IMB photo by Chris Carter*.
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- "You, like Paul, found many ways to stay in place."

    Drew Carson*, a leader with the International Mission Board, told emeritus Southern Baptist missionaries, who recorded a total of 25,297 years of service during their careers, that the New Testament apostle "could have left … but he chose to stay the course," as recorded in 1 Corinthians 16:8-9.

    "Your ministry of staying the course has also helped the IMB stay the course," Carson said. Read More