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  • IMB, ex-missionary's accuser differ over abuse response

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (4 days ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The International Mission Board and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented differing accounts of how the board handled an investigation of the alleged misconduct.

    After Baptist Press published a July 16 update on the case of former IMB missionary Mark Aderholt -- who has been charged in Fort Worth, Texas, with sexual assault of a child under 17 -- his alleged victim, Anne Marie Miller, sent an email to BP disputing the IMB's representation of its 2007 investigation into the alleged misconduct. Miller was 16 and Aderholt 25 when the assault allegedly occurred in 1996-1997. Read More

  • UPDATE: Former Baptist leader charged with sexual assault

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (6 days ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Mark Aderholt, a former employee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and International Mission Board missionary, has been charged in Texas with sexually assaulting a teenager 21 years ago.

    Aderholt, 46, was arrested July 3 in South Carolina and booked into the Tarrant County, Texas, jail July 9 on charges of sexual assault of a child under 17, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. He was released July 10 on bond. Read More

  • IMB data breach prompts 'comprehensive response'

    by BP & Biblical Recorder Staff, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (7 days ago)

    BP file photo.
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A data breach occurred at the International Mission Board that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees, volunteers and applicants.

    The Southern Baptist entity began a "comprehensive response" immediately upon discovering the cyber security incident and promptly notified law enforcement officials, according to a statement released to Baptist Press today (July 16), parallel to one released to North Carolina Baptists' newsjournal, the Biblical Recorder, on July 12. Read More

  • Platt underscores Lottie Moon's urgency for the Gospel

    by Ann Lovell, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    DALLAS (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Convention marked the 100th anniversary of the naming of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Mission Board President David Platt told more than 1,100 Southern Baptists at the IMB dinner June 11 at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Lottie Moon was a single female missionary who served with the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) in China from 1873 until her death on Dec. 24, 1912, aboard a ship in the harbor of Kobe, Japan. She is among Southern Baptists' most well-known missionaries, thanks to the passionate letters she wrote to people back home advocating for more workers and more financial resources. Read More

  • IMB 'open for business,' Platt tells SBC messengers

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt declared the IMB "open for business" in his report to messengers at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 13.

    "By the grace of God and through the generous support of Southern Baptist churches, the IMB is positioned on strong biblical foundations, and we are standing on firm financial ground," Platt said. "Our giving is up through both the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon. And our sending is up. Lord willing, we will send more missionaries this year than we have in years." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB adds 47 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    DALLAS (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 47 new missionaries sent by Southern Baptist churches to take the Gospel to the nations during their June 10-11 meeting in Dallas.

    The new missionaries were part of a Sending Celebration June 12 during the evening session of the SBC annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Read More

  • Lottie Moon gifts $5M ahead of last year

    by Julie McGowan, posted Saturday, June 09, 2018 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists' contributions to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering are 3.75 percent ahead of the May 2017 offering totals, according to a report by Rodney Freeman, IMB treasurer and vice president of support services.

    At the end of May, IMB had received $142,683,654 so far for the 2017-2018 campaign, which began Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30. This total is $5,161,874 (3.75 percent) ahead of last year's LMCO receipts to support Southern Baptists' 3,551 international missionaries. Read More

  • IMB Facebook Live event confronts missions barriers

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Screen capture from Facebook
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Church size, budget limitations and fear should not prevent local congregations from engaging in global missions, said panelists at a Facebook Live event today (April 25) hosted by the International Mission Board.

    Pastors "are not just called to tend sheep," said Cliff Jordan, pastor of Movement Church in Richmond, Va. "We're called to send them" to the nations. "It's just part of the job."

    The event featured IMB President David Platt interviewing Richmond-area pastors from churches of various sizes about "major barriers to engaging a church in missions." Read More

  • At SBC, IMB to help churches 'play a vital role'

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 months ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Jones
    DALLAS (BP) -- IMB missionaries and staff are looking forward to sharing during the SBC annual meeting in Dallas "how every church -- regardless of size, resources or unique needs -- can play a vital role" in taking the Gospel to the world's unreached people.

    The International Mission Board, in a news release relaying its hopes for interacting with messengers and guests at the convention, noted, "A multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ -- it's a big vision, and a vision the International Mission Board knows they cannot fulfill alone." Read More

  • Equipping the American church for missions

    by Emily Verlin, posted Monday, April 16, 2018 (3 months ago)

    IMB photo.
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Before I moved back to the U.S. after serving as a missionary for two years in South Asia, many people told me to expect a difficult season as I returned home. They told me I would experience reverse culture shock in a variety of ways.

    Reverse culture shock is a common experience for many returned missionaries. And it would be easy to let these struggles paralyze us when we return from the field. However, our field experience -- whether it was two years or 20 -- has given us a tremendous opportunity to continue the work back home. Read More