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  • IMB's 2017 entailed 'Give,' 'Send,' 'Celebrate'

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- During 2017, Southern Baptists -- in partnership with thousands of International Mission Board personnel around the world -- seized opportunities toward fulfilling the Great Commission. Three young women whose hearts have been focused on following their Lord's call to international missions led Southern Baptists' efforts in giving and going.

    Southern Baptists' efforts to give, send and celebrate through the IMB in the past year included: Read More

  • Remembering the martyrs at Jibla Baptist Hospital

    by Michael Logan, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    JIBLA, Yemen (BP) -- It's been 15 years since I walked the dry, stony grounds of Jibla Baptist Hospital in Yemen, where a lone gunman murdered three International Mission Board medical missionaries on a December morning in 2002.

    Southern Baptists had invested their lives in this medical center for more than 35 years as they cared for thousands of people in this struggling Middle Eastern nation.

    I arrived shortly after the Dec. 30 attack to cover the tragedy. Just days after the ... Read More

  • Christmas hospitality: How missions, parties collide

    by Preston Fidler, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (7 months 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

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

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (7 months 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 (7 months 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

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

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (7 months 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 (7 months 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

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope for the forgotten refugee

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    EUROPE (BP) -- Six years ago, one of Seth Peyton's* good friends paid a high price to escape the violence and famine of his home country.

    Like hundreds of other North African refugees, he gave his savings to a smuggler who packed him into a standing-room-only truck for a long, miserable trip across the Sahara Desert followed by a dangerous boat ride across the Mediterranean Sea.

    Many don't make it -- their bodies wash up on the shore of Europe's coast. But Seth's friend said he wasn't sure the fate he found in surviving was better. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Gospel vision anchors Mexico City team

    by IMB staff, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    MEXICO CITY (BP) -- From Todd Beel's house in Mexico City, he can spot planes coming in every five minutes or so. "Each time, that's another couple hundred people coming in from Europe, multiple cities across Europe, cities across South America, many cities in the United States and Canada," he points out.

    Each time one lands, the city of more than 28 million opens its arms to a little more diversity, and each time, for Todd's team of 12 International Mission Board missionaries, the task gets a little bigger. But that's exactly why they're compelled to be there. Read More

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

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (7 months 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