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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Reaching the nations in small town Ga.

    by NAMB Staff, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- More than 1,000 refugees come to Clarkston, Ga., each year. Send Relief missionaries Trent and Elizabeth DeLoach and the believers at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) have made it their mission to help these men, women and children feel not only welcome but at home in their new country.

    A U.S. refugee resettlement program in the 1990s opened the door of opportunity for people from around the world to start a new life in Clarkston. This suburb of Atlanta eventually became known as "the most diverse square mile in America." More than 60 countries and 100-plus languages are represented, and the population continues to grow. A place so rich in culture is exactly the kind of city the DeLoach family dreamed of finding -- however it was hard to believe such a place existed in North America, especially in Trent's home state of Georgia. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Former gang member reaching Canada's largest city

    by NAMB Staff, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    TORONTO, Ontario, Canada (BP) -- "Everyone is welcome!" That is the motto of Fellowship Church Rogue Park located in Toronto's East End. This multiethnic, multigenerational church plant rents space in a local Catholic school on Sunday mornings and hosts events throughout the week.

    Strategically launched near an area known for gang violence, the ministry is led by church planting missionary and a former gang member Kesavan Balasingham and his wife Viji, both immigrants to Canada who found new life here. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Carving new path in Las Vegas’ spiritual desert

    by NAMB Staff, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Established in 1905 near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, this city that was once a pass-through in the Mojave Desert has become one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Las Vegas hosts more than 42 million visitors each year. The draw includes novelty resorts and casinos with enough lasers and neon lights to make it visible from space, earning NASA's distinction for Brightest Spot on Earth. But spiritually, the statistics tell a different story.

    The city's resident population is estimated to be around 630,000. Of that number, 92 percent reportedly do not know Jesus. Less than 37 percent of residents identify as religious; less than 5 percent align with the Protestant faith. The numbers underscore the reputation by which this place is known -- "Sin City" and "The Entertainment Capital of the World" -- but a new church plant is at work to bring transformation. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Going the extra mile in Detroit

    by NAMB Staff, posted Monday, March 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DETROIT, Mich. (BP) -- Known as the headquarters for the "Big Three" in the auto industry -- Ford, Chrysler and General Motors -- the Motor City through the years has experienced prosperity, population explosion and most recently overwhelming urban decay.

    From financial crisis to automotive industry cuts to clean water issues, Detroit's struggle has affected the entire metro population of more than 4 million people. Violent crimes rank among the highest in the nation. Less than 10 percent of eighth graders in the inner city are proficient in reading. This is a city of hurting people ... Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Meeting needs first in New York City

    by NAMB Staff, posted Friday, March 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NEW YORK, New York -- Once an abandoned storefront tagged with spray paint, the building that originally housed Graffiti Church has become a symbol of hope on New York's Lower East Side. Send Relief missionaries Taylor Field and wife Susan strategically positioned the church plant in 1986 amid crack houses and a large homeless population, eventually making this neglected neighborhood their home.

    "Jesus started with meeting needs first," Field said. "His compassion grew people's faith, and then He built the church on that faith." Read More

  • Creating evangelism culture focus of Engage 24 event

    by Alexandra Applegate , posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- "We are five men who are sharing our laboratory results," said Hal Seed, senior pastor at New Song Community Church in Oceanside, Calif., at this year's Engage 24 Workshop. "We are sharing stories of real-life churches that are doing things to reach the lost that will hopefully spark a thought or idea."

    Engage 24 was hosted at Shadow Hills Church in Las Vegas by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) for two days before continuing its workshops in different states. The event focused on encouraging pastors and church leaders and covered practical ways they could create and foster a culture of evangelism in their own churches. Read More

  • WRAP-UP: EC considers DC convention, mission board merger

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has given the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) 90 days to "secure" the "the removal of any churches from its fellowship that have demonstrated a faith or practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior," according to a recommendation adopted by the EC Feb. 20.

    If such churches remain in friendly cooperation with the DCBC after that period, the DCBC will lose its authorization "to receive and disburse Cooperative Program and other SBC contributions," the EC stated during its Feb. 19-20 meetings in Nashville. Read More

  • Puerto Rico missionary anticipates NAMB initiative

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, February 09, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Despite the devastation across Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria's aftermath, Puerto Rican church planter Andres Laracuente has seen God at work.

    Thanks in part to his participation in the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network's efforts, Laracuente has gained new opportunities "to get to know my community better, to get to know the surrounding neighborhoods."

    "I've seen many kids that I didn't see before Maria. I'm preaching the Gospel with different people than I was before. My family has also grown more focused on the Gospel and the Word of God," Laracuente said. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces 'Send Puerto Rico'

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board is adding Puerto Rico to its list of special areas that will receive increased attention and resources for church planting, Send Relief ministries and partnership opportunities with Southern Baptist churches that want to minister on the island. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the plans with NAMB trustees Tuesday (Feb. 6).

    The emphasis comes as Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from the staggering toll Hurricane Maria took on the island when it struck Sept. 20, 2017. Since the storm hit, NAMB, along with Southern Baptist volunteers from several ... Read More

  • Disaster relief, record AAEO top NAMB stories in 2017

    by NAMB Staff, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In one of the most turbulent weather years in U.S. history, Southern Baptists stretched their disaster relief capabilities in bringing relief to those affected by massive storms.

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) coordinated multi-state responses to three major hurricanes. Southern Baptist volunteers prepared more than 3 million meals, served over 90,000 days and witnessed more than 700 people profess faith in Christ in ministering to hurricane survivors. Read More