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  • Faye Pearson, first woman IMB area director, dies

    by Mary Jane Welch, posted Friday, February 22, 2019 (15 hours ago)

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    LAUREL, Miss. (BP) -- Faye Pearson, the first woman to serve as an area director for the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, died Feb. 20 following a long battle with cancer. She was 78.

    Pearson started her career in the early 1960s as many women did then -- working as a secretary, teacher and church education director. But how things had changed by 1993, when the world's largest evangelical missions organization elected her to lead their work in East Asia. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Traveling the world

    by Paul Kim, posted Monday, February 18, 2019 (4 days ago)

    In giving and going to make Christ known throughout the world, Paul Kim writes, "you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your home mission and the heart of God." Read More

  • Love for Mixtec people leads to surprise encounter

    by Grace Thornton/Alabama Baptist, posted Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (one month ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Lisa Rose said she wishes she had snapped a photo of Terry Long's face when he realized what had happened that day.

    "The look on his face was just incredible," she said.

    The day had seemed pretty typical, she remembered. She and John Halbrook -- both of whom serve in ministry to the Mixtec people of Montgomery, Ala. -- had traveled more than two hours west to Butler to lead a workshop for Choctaw Baptist Association to educate them about the Mixtec people group. Read More

  • Venezuelans find mercy in arduous exodus from tumult

    by Monica Starr , posted Monday, January 07, 2019 (one month ago)

    COLOMBIA (BP) -- Night descends rapidly on the small plaza where a penetrating drizzle falls onto the cold stone floor. About 35 men, most in short sleeves or sleeveless shirts, huddle under the only two trees.

    Meanwhile, two young women scurry to pull together an improvised "tent" of black plastic trash bags while trying to keep a small girl dry in her fuzzy footsie pajamas. They select the top step of the plaza, against the wall of a closed building. Rain runs off the roof onto their shelter, collapsing it.

    Nearby, under the narrow archway of the building, a young couple sit in physical exhaustion, ... Read More

  • Refugee stories stretch volunteer's 'narrow view'

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Remember back in 2015 when Syria's refugees were flooding out of the country in record numbers? Thousands died crossing a sea on what should have been a 45-minute boat journey. Rescue and relief organizations were out in record number.

    In the years since, many more refugees have filled the news cycle. More than a million Rohingya people have reportedly been forced out of their homes in Myanmar, taking shelter in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand with no hope or plan for the future. Uganda is reportedly also hosting more than a million refugees from South Sudan. And refugees from Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria join Syrians in their quest to somehow get beyond the reach of terrorist groups. Read More

  • Churches help keep Tanzania hospital running

    by IMB staff, posted Monday, December 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    KIGOMA, Tanzania (BP) -- At the end of a beaten-up road in Tanzania, a small hospital occasionally is filled to capacity with patients -- and then supplies begin to run thin.

    "One time we didn't have any more Ketamine, a drug used for anesthesia, and we had been doing a lot of C-sections," said Larry Pepper, an International Mission Board doctor who serves at the Baptist Hospital in the town of Kigoma. See related story. "Another time we didn't have enough suture material." Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Students coming back changed

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    EAST ASIA (BP) -- Pastor Keith said when he looks across his church and identifies the highest-impact individuals, the ones who are highly evangelistic disciple-makers, they have some unifying factors. One of them is that they've spent time in East Asia.

    "They come back, and their perspective on their life and on the world is completely changed," noted Keith, who serves as lead pastor of Resonate Church, a Washington State-based church with campuses in Idaho and Oregon. "They see lostness where they had just seen regularity, and they see themselves as missionaries more than when they left."

    Over the past three years, more than 80 students have participated in Resonate's partnership with International Mission Board workers in the East Asia region. Students travel there to serve for 10 weeks in the summer or two weeks on Christmas break. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: IMB workers, Summit Church reaching Ukraine

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    UKRAINE (BP) -- In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago.

    And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board worker and Ukrainian believers -- along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church -- want to help locals find a hope that transcends the uncertainty of war.

    "A year and a half ago with the help of Ukrainians we started a new church plant that specifically tries to reach these people who have been displaced and lost everything," Woodbridge said. "We've seen people come to Christ and be baptized." Read More