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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Prayers back home boost new Japan church

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (one month ago)

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    JAPAN (BP) -- From the minute Tara Jones walked through the door of her new pediatrician's office, she knew something was going on that was bigger than the fact she had a sick child.

    Tara and her husband Jared had been praying for years for God to start a fire in the hearts of the people of Japan, where the couple serves as International Mission Board missionaries. They had been praying for God to open very specific doors -- doors that many people had told them were sealed shut. And they had been praying for God to soften hearts in a country many consider hard, cold and closed. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Ministry among Muslims in Moscow

    by IMB staff, posted Monday, December 04, 2017 (one month ago)

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    MOSCOW, Russia (BP) -- Argun* is tough. He and his friend Carlos*, a businessman who moved to Russia to share Christ with Muslims, spend many nights at a martial arts club in Moscow.

    And when they do, Argun doesn't lose very often.

    When he first met Carlos, Argun was very closed to the Gospel, even hostile. He associated Christians with the Russian army, the ones who bombed his childhood home in Chechnya. But ever since Argun moved to Moscow, his friendship with ... Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Mountaineering family weathers Nepal challenge

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NEPAL (BP) -- Radford Bagby* has long heard mountaineering referred to as a "selfish" sport -- it can be risky and expensive, and climbers tend to like to keep to themselves.

    But Radford found the more he got into it, the more God put a passion for other people on his heart.

    "I got my bachelor's in sports education, and we watched a lot of mountaineering documentaries," he said. "The people interviewed in the films kept talking about how the mountains represented certain gods to them, and I kept thinking somebody needs to go and share truth with these guys." Read More

  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (2 months 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 (2 months 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

  • 25,297 years: emeritus missionaries mark their call

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (4 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

  • TRUSTEES: IMB celebrates missionaries, approves balanced budget

    by Julie McGowan , posted Thursday, September 14, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center Sept. 11-13 to celebrate more than 25,000 years of service by emeritus missionaries while approving the appointment of 51 new personnel to take the Gospel to unreached people and places.

    The fall meeting near Asheville, N.C., also included orientation for 11 new trustees; approval of a balanced budget for 2017-18; and concerted prayer for specific needs representing every region of the world. Read More

  • Dinner with a former jihadi, a new view of missions

    by Rachel Cohen , posted Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    RICHMOND (BP) -- Growing up in post 9/11 America, I believed no greater enemy existed than a terrorist waging war on the Western world. So you might imagine how, um, surprised and paralyzed I felt when I found myself in South Asia eating dinner with a jihadi.

    Well, he used to be. Read More

  • Redefine your life, Send Conference's 4,000 exhorted

    by Josie Bingham, posted Friday, July 28, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Casey Jones
    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- "Is anybody hungry for a fresh move of God?" Las Vegas pastor Vance Pitman asked the crowd of 4,000-plus during the first of four main gatherings at the Send Conference in Orlando, Fla.

    "Our prayer is that God would move fresh in your heart -- that you would have a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit," said Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, in speaking on how to live on mission by redefining life. Read More