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Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts familiesOSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (BP) -- Before dawn on July 27, Southern Baptist United States Army Chaplain (Colonel) Samuel S. Lee, stepped onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft at Osan Air Base to lead prayer for crew members who were about to take off on a historic flight across the border to North Korea.
"I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and prayed for them before they departed," Lee said. "The mood was both excitement and solemn."
A few hours later, that same plane returned to the base with 55 small wooden coffins draped in the flag of the United Nations containing the remains of U.S. soldiers. Again, Lee boarded the plane to pray. Read More
Army base sees 1,459 salvations since MarchFORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes "there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ." This year Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith -- something one could describe as a spiritual awakening -- at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.
Rondon summarizes his part in the effort with one word: intentionality.
It's about being intentional with words and with how he treats his fellow soldiers. ... Read More
NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive directorALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.
"Everything we do at NAMB is focused on sharing the hope of the Gospel," said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. "This group will serve every church and every pastor that wants to become more mobilized and more evangelistically effective." Read More
New planters, resources energize Puerto Rico ministrySAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Félix Cabrera and his wife Denisse arrived to visit the island where he was born and deliver aid in the storm's aftermath. Cabrera thought he was just there to help in a time of need, but God was working on something more.
"God convinced us that He wanted us to return to the island to help in this new church planting movement," Cabrera said.
"I confess that the feeling is bittersweet," Cabrera, pastor of Iglesia Bautista ... Read More
GenSend helps students venture to the mission fieldALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- College-age students are moving to urban areas across North America in search of opportunity. For one group, however, the opportunity they seek is not economic but spiritual.
Students who participate in Send Relief's GenSend program want to further the cause of Christ in areas where the Gospel has not taken root. Nearly 80 percent of the population of the United States and Canada now lives in and around major cities, and there is a large gap in the church-to-population ratio in those urban and suburban areas. Read More
5,000 backpacks: New Orleans ministry impacting livesNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Earlier this summer, Kay Bennett received a phone call that left her with some exciting news.
Bennett is the executive director of Baptist Friendship House, a Send Relief ministry center in the heart of New Orleans. Each year, her organization hosts a back-to-school bash, in which they celebrate the beginning of a new school year and give backpacks filled with school supplies to about 600 children living in poverty.
But plans for this year's back-to-school event suddenly multiplied when Bennett got a call from Send Relief, a ministry of the North American Mission Board, offering to donate 5,000 backpacks to the cause. Read More
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