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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hispanic church's 'miracle' partnership

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Daniel Tuchez remembers the day he got the call. The International Mission Board's director of Hispanic mobilization called and said, "I need you to pray about this city in Southeast Asia, because it is going to be opening up, and maybe there are opportunities,'" recalled Tuchez, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tenn.

    It was a big deal. But the call itself wasn't a surprise. In the years before, Tuchez had accompanied IMB's Jason Carlisle on many trips.

    "The very big blessing is that Jason is not just challenging us to go to Latin America," said Tuchez, who is originally from Guatemala. "He wants us to be cross-cultural people who reach people in the last frontier." Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: A small church's 'big dreams'

    by *Names changed., posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP)-- A few years ago, Steve Lakin's church budget had a line of numbers his heart couldn't reconcile. "I was meeting with the elder leadership here at the church, and as I was looking through our financial report, I saw we had a large surplus left over," said Lakin, pastor of First Baptist Church of Andersonville, Tenn.

    One of the elders grinned and said he was sure God had ways in mind to spend that money. Pastor Lakin agreed. "That thought just kept reverberating in my head for the next several days," he said. And as it did, those extra dollars fueled big dreams, Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Couple 'loses' themselves for lost

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, November 30, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    AFRICA (BP) -- Larry Pepper thought he had been open to God's leading. He had been praying through the missions book Operation World. And he had been thinking more and more about his impact on eternity as he sat in church every Sunday. But one day the words came clear as a bell right where he sat in Houston, Texas -- "You've committed everything to Me except your job."

    Larry knew the thought had come from God. He took a deep breath, and he told God to put him and his family wherever He wanted them to be.

    "I was beginning to see the world through God's eyes in terms of lostness," he said. "For me, that meant seeing if I could use my medical skills in a way that had more kingdom impact." Read More

  • 83-year-old travels globally for Great Commission

    by Ben Hawkins/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ARNOLD, Mo. (BP) -- Jim Nicolls thought he'd just been called to help the people of northern Mexico. Surely, that's why he wept through the night during his first mission trip in 2000, when he led a construction crew in building houses at a squatter's camp along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    "That first night, I just laid there all night, weeping," he recalled. "God broke me. I kept saying, 'Why, God, am I here, and they're there?'"

    More than the spiritual lostness, it was the "abject poverty" that existed along these borderlands that shocked him: "people literally scavenging," he recalled, "for what they could find -- a piece of cardboard to cover a crack in their cardboard shanty, cans that they could use, food and clothing that they could find in the dump. … Little kids were in the dump with their mothers, finding what they could find. If they could pick up a little toy that was thrown away, they were happy." Read More

  • 'Crazy' or called?: Missionary's death debated

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ANDAMAN ISLANDS, India (BP) -- The last reported sighting of American missionary John Allen Chau was Nov. 17. Fishermen off the coast of India's North Sentinel island spotted what they thought was his lifeless body being dragged across the beach and buried by members of the Sentinelese tribe.

    The Sentinelese are an isolated people group known to rain down arrows on outsiders who visit their home island in the Bay of Bengal. Though he knew the danger, Chou, 26, went as a missionary to the Sentinelese because they are reportedly among the world's 400-600 unengaged unreached people groups ... Read More

  • Thanksgiving, the best Jell-O ever and the promise of home

    by Sarah Alexander, posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- Our first Thanksgiving in Central Asia was like a treasure hunt.

    One teammate stood in a long line to buy bread; another bought and baked an underfed chicken. Potatoes -- the one food we had in abundance -- were mashed and salted.

    But the real prize? A bowl of green Jell-O.

    Someone traveled 6,000 miles with a box of Jell-O in his suitcase and decided to share it with the rest of us. It was the best Jell-O ever.

    But even more than the food, I remember the laughter. We were in a dark place and we felt significant spiritual oppression, but the shared suffering created a unique camaraderie. We laughed together at our language mistakes and cultural missteps. We thanked God that we'd made it just one more day. Read More

  • Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday (Nov. 14), near Richmond, Va. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Kansas are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world.

    Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, reminded new missionaries and those attending of the importance of cooperative giving and cooperative going.

    "This is our denomination at its absolute best," Pitman said. "This is the tip of the spear. We can do more together than we can do by ourselves." Read More

  • Sending culture: 3 ways pastors can develop one

    by William Whaley, posted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (3 months ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Recently I was privileged to attend a commissioning service for new International Mission Board missionaries. I was invited by a couple from our church who was preparing to be sent to the nations.

    During this time, I was reminded of the significance, risk and joy of taking the Gospel to the nations. It reignited a passion in my heart to lead my church to do all we can to fulfill the Great Commission.

    Fellow pastors may have that same desire but simply don't know how to create a culture where sending is the norm in their church. A pastor may lead a small church and believe only large churches have the resources and wherewithal to send missionaries to the field. Read More

  • 66 new missionaries added to reach the nations

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries Sept. 26 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. They shared how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His Gospel to people who have never heard -- and each story evidenced God's role for every church to take His Good News to every nation.

    "The Lord has always moved my life through stories," said Caroline Reel, who is being sent by her churches, Restoration Church in Wake Forest, N.C., and Bullard Chapel Baptist in Tishomingo, Okla., to serve among refugee peoples in Uganda. "From the missionaries' ... Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisis

    by Karen Pearce, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    BOGOTA, Colombia (BP) -- As I meandered through a craft market in Bogota, Colombia, I struck up a conversation with a vendor who asked why I was visiting his country. I had just returned from four days in Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border town where I witnessed the sad pilgrimage of thousands of people leaving Venezuela out of desperation and hunger.

    When I shared that with him, his face contorted into a mask of grief.

    "It is so horrible what is happening," he said, "They are our brothers." Read More