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

    by Lesley Hildreth, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (2 months 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 (2 months 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

  • Central Asian believers struggle -- but seek truth, faith

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    CENTRAL ASIA (BP)-- Melisa* and her university-aged daughter Ada* came to faith and were baptized in their hometown in Central Asia a few years ago. They later moved to another city for Ada's education and got connected with the local church. Their attendance at church, however, has deteriorated into periodic participation in informal church events.

    Ada often prioritizes an English class on Sundays over church fellowship. Melisa, only 16 years older than her daughter, prefers to stay home from church if Ada isn't with her. Their relationship resembles that of siblings more than it does a parent-child relationship. Read More

  • IMB's Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (3 months ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Two "thorough, outside, independent" investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board President David Platt into the IMB's handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse.

    Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by an individual who subsequently became an IMB missionary yet was not reported to authorities following a 2007 IMB inquiry into the matter.

    Platt's actions and apology were relayed to Baptist Press in a statement today (July 25), which is posted at the IMB's website. Read More

  • Deaf men stir IMB worker's heart for their souls

    by IMB Staff, posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- The imam placed his copy of the Quran carefully on the table and called the men at the memorial service to attention. He opened the book, lifted his hands toward heaven and began to chant in honor of the man who had died.

    The Deaf men in the room copied the stance but remained silent, as they couldn't hear the verbal entreaty. At least the men were able to see the ceremony; the Deaf women in the next room covered their heads and wondered what was happening.

    One thing was certain, the dead man's soul was in danger. Allah does as he wills, and no Muslim is ever certain whether he will accept their works and obedience. Read More

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

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (3 months 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 (4 months ago)

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    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 (4 months ago)

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    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 (4 months ago)

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    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 (5 months ago)

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    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