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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope for the forgotten refugee

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (one month 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

  • Church imparts a heart for missions to its young

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Mon-Aetna Baptist Church
    UNION, S.C. (BP) -- After Myra Middlebrook's mother died in 2010, she found some money her mom had tucked away -- and she knew exactly what it was.

    "I knew it was her Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for that year," Middlebrook said. "She put money away all year for missions. She always had."

    For the years that her mother worked, she squirrelled away a portion of her income in a jar each month. Then after she retired, she began a quilting business and gave a 10th of the profits to the annual offering, which goes to fund the work of International Mission Board missionaries overseas. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Gospel vision anchors Mexico City team

    by IMB staff, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (one month 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 (one month 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

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Ministry among Muslims in Moscow

    by IMB staff, posted Monday, December 04, 2017 (one month ago)

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    MOSCOW, Russia (BP) -- Argun* is tough. He and his friend Carlos*, a businessman who moved to Russia to share Christ with Muslims, spend many nights at a martial arts club in Moscow.

    And when they do, Argun doesn't lose very often.

    When he first met Carlos, Argun was very closed to the Gospel, even hostile. He associated Christians with the Russian army, the ones who bombed his childhood home in Chechnya. But ever since Argun moved to Moscow, his friendship with ... Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Mountaineering family weathers Nepal challenge

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NEPAL (BP) -- Radford Bagby* has long heard mountaineering referred to as a "selfish" sport -- it can be risky and expensive, and climbers tend to like to keep to themselves.

    But Radford found the more he got into it, the more God put a passion for other people on his heart.

    "I got my bachelor's in sports education, and we watched a lot of mountaineering documentaries," he said. "The people interviewed in the films kept talking about how the mountains represented certain gods to them, and I kept thinking somebody needs to go and share truth with these guys." Read More

  • Survey seeks qualities of effective DOMs

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (one month ago)

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    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) -- Opinions of leaders and servants in all areas of Southern Baptist life are solicited in an online survey studying the qualities of effective leadership by directors of missions (DOMs).

    The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) appointed a study group to conduct the survey to provide a uniform job title and description for the DOM position. The group will submit its report to the SBCAL in June 2018 in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. Read More

  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- As a preschooler in Mission Friends, new Southern Baptist missionary Amy Jones learned about God's desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language by His grace and for His is glory.

    "It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set," Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration Nov. 16 that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel at the IMB's office in Richmond, Va. "Europeans are fascinating peoples, but too few follow Christ. So I began to pray for them." Read More

  • Teen's witness continues with memorial gift to IMB

    by Margaret Colson, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The Christian witness that Sarah Harmening shared in her short 17 years of life on this earth will continue to reverberate for eternity through a generous memorial gift presented by her family to the International Mission Board.

    The Alabama teen's parents, Karen and Scott Harmening -- along with their three other daughters, Katelyn, Kristen and Sophie -- presented a check for $91,120 to the IMB on Wednesday (Oct. 25).

    "This is what was donated and raised in honor of Sarah, her life and legacy. So we're excited to bring the check for $91,120, all for [the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions (LMCO)]," Scott said as he presented the check to David Platt, IMB president. Read More

  • 'Remarkable' Rutledge collection new to SBC archives

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Don Rutledge
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The late award winning photographer Don Rutledge tried his hand at pastoring, but realized his true calling in uniquely displaying God's creation. Photographs and related items spanning more than 40 years of his ministry and missions comprise a new Southern Baptist archival collection.

    "I love photojournalism and enjoy using it as a worldwide Christian ministry," the renowned photographer has said. "It forces me to see, to look beyond what the average person observes, to search where few people care even to look, to glance over and beyond my backyard fence. Read More