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NAMB, Send Relief's exhibit: Sending hopeDALLAS (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's exhibit featured its Send Relief compassion ministry as well as Send Network church planting emphasis at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.
"The overall theme is sending hope," NAMB director of events Lee Cunningham said. "We highlighted the five Send Relief focus areas and encouraged people to two calls to action: writing notes for church planters and recording a Gospel Conversation (GC) Challenge video. The exhibit design was made to bring these two things together across NAMB and Send Relief." Read More
NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relationsDALLAS (BP) -- "We are here for you," Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. "We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America."
NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission opportunities at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). Ezell provided updates about collegiate church planting and a new resource NAMB has created to help churches foster racial reconciliation in their communities, then closed by speaking about military chaplaincy. Read More
Send Luncheon: Pastors encouraged for 'thankless job'DALLAS (BP) -- One year ago, Hurricane Harvey had yet to appear on radar. One year ago, very few people had heard of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
"A lot can happen in a year" was the theme of the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) 2018 Send Luncheon. Held during the SBC Pastors' Conference, NAMB aimed to bless pastors with stories of faith, hope and redemption -- and a dose of humor.
The capacity-crowd event overflowed from the main room into a live simulcast location as NAMB President Kevin Ezell hosted the luncheon and turned the crowd's attention to everyday Southern Baptist pastors faithfully serving their congregations and communities. Read More
Crossover Dallas, Harvest America crusade proclaim GospelDALLAS (BP) -- "I'm not here to talk to you about religion," pastor Greg Laurie told the crowd Sunday evening (June 10) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the Crossover Dallas Harvest America crusade.
"I'm here to talk to you about a relationship with God that you can experience," he said. "Christ can fill that big hole that is in your heart right now. We all need Him. We all need a Savior. There's so much stuff to distract us and emptiness to make us feel alone. Yet, Jesus, who created us, also gives us purpose. Jesus loves us all-- no matter what we do or say or have done before -- so much." Read More
In Puerto Rico, Baptists gear up for hurricane seasonPUERTO RICO -- With the beginning of the 2018 hurricane season, Puerto Rico is bracing for what could be more rough weather while in the midst of a recovery from last year's devastating storms. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) and its Send Relief outreach are expanding their mission work on the island, including disaster response readiness and church planting.
"Since Hurricane Maria hit last fall, Send Relief has been active in Puerto Rico with recovery efforts and seeking to create new church-to-church partnerships between Puerto Rico and the mainland," said David Melber, president of Send Relief. Read More
NAMB to inform, mobilize pastors & churches at SBCDALLAS (BP) -- Pastors, messengers and other attendees at this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas will have multiple opportunities to learn about ways to better engage their churches with mission efforts both locally and throughout North America.
"We never stop seeking out ways to help Southern Baptists get the hope of the Gospel out to North America," said Kevin Ezell, North American Mission Board president. "Through the Send Network, our church planting network, and Send Relief compassion ministries, we hope to equip churches to reach both their communities and all of North America." Read More
Class of 2017 church plants proclaim Jesus, change livesALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- One October morning in 2017, a young lady visited a brand new church in Montréal. She didn't have a positive view of Christianity, but something struck a chord with her that morning.
"She came up to me after the service and told me she didn't understand what she was feeling," said Jackson Ntumba, pastor of La Chapelle Ahuntsic, a church plant that launched in September 2017. "She didn't know Jesus, but she wanted to know more about Him."
She spent time after La Chapelle's Sunday services in the church's one-on-one ministry which is designed to facilitate conversations about Christianity. She gave her life to Christ and was baptized the following month. Read More
At wedding, missions inspires creative giftBLUEFIELD, Va. (BP) -- As Eric Mason and Amber Fowler put the final touches on their March 10 wedding, the couple turned their attention to what kind of favors they wanted to give guests who attended the reception. Maybe they'd hand out candies, candles or bubbles. But they didn't figure any of the traditional wedding-reception favors would last long. They'd be eaten, used or stuck on a shelf and likely forgotten.
The couple instead hoped to use the funds to do something that lasted a bit longer, an effort that would have eternal consequences. They began to look at a variety of charitable gifts that would make better use of the money they'd normally spend on the favors. Read More
Baptists stepping up efforts to help AppalachiaASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- In the Appalachians, unemployment, poverty and drug abuse remain rampant. But Southern Baptists are stepping up their efforts to help residents impacted by the stark conditions.
They are opening an Appalachia Ministry Center that will distribute food and other supplies throughout the central Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Ohio. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope shining in East St. LouisEAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- East St. Louis is the home -- and mission field -- of Kempton and Caryn Turner.
A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Kempton Turner grew up on the streets where he now serves as a church planting missionary and pastor of City of Joy Fellowship. The church was launched on Sept. 18, 2016, with one mission: restoring hope to the city through Jesus Christ. It currently rents space at the local Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center.
"Because I was raised here, I've got a real heart for the people," Turner said. "It's a small city. It's a dangerous, poor place, 85 percent fatherlessness. The houses, the buildings and the roads show the desperate place that East St. Louis is in. The people know struggle." Read More