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  • Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) -- An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs).

    The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team's recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June. The new vision team will report its findings to the SBCAL executive team in advance of the 2019 SBCAL annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., June 9-10.

    Included in SBCAL-adopted recommendations are the use of the title "associational mission strategist" for all directors of missions and the adoption of certain foundational, relational and strategic proficiencies for the job description. Read More

  • Pakistani voices his faith to fellow migrant workers

    by IMB Staff, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    GREECE (BP) -- Waseem* could never be accused of lacking passion.

    Having grown up in a Christian family in Pakistan, Waseem often defended his faith in heated religious debates with Muslims on the streets of Lahore. He brought his fervor with him to southern Europe where he sought work -- and more arguments about the Gospel with fellow Pakistani migrants.

    Over time, God used the counsel of other Christians, and even a stint in jail, to redirect Waseem's energies toward a biblical model for evangelism, discipleship and church planting. He began sharing the Gospel in love and has trained more than 40 Pakistani Christians in Greece to plant churches. Read More

  • Trucker who killed family of 5 finds mercy

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Tammy Bain, North Platte Telegraph. Used by permission.
    OGALLALA, Neb. (BP) -- A grieving father's Scripture-laden plea for mercy led to a lenient 180-day jail sentence for the truck driver who killed a missionary family of five in an auto accident last year.

    Cedric Pals told Keith County (Neb.) District Judge Richard Birch he has experienced "unrelenting anguish" since learning July 31, 2017, that his son Jamison Pals had been killed in an automobile collision along with his wife Kathryne, both 29, and their three children Ezra, Violet and Calvin, ages 3, 2 and 2 months. Read More

  • Prayer, tithing, missions strengthen Okla. church

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- Valuing prayer, tithing and missions, First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., led 20 mission trips last year alone and has helped plant more than 60 churches in the past decade.

    At the heart of its outreach is First Baptist Broken Arrow's support of the Cooperative Program, giving 10 percent of the congregation's undesignated gifts while supporting a $16.5 million, 142-acre campus debt-free, according to senior pastor Nick Garland.

    "This church has always been a missions-minded people," Garland said. He has led for 31 years the church that began in 1904 with nine people meeting in a railroad car. Today, the church draws 2,800 to Sunday morning worship and is on track to give more than $1 million to missions this year. Read More

  • Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The concept of "giving the shirt off your back" took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June.

    "Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase," said Bruce Edwards, youth ministry specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. "We asked them to bring clothes that they would be willing to donate to the underprivileged in Guatemala, and I think the experience of doing that was very meaningful for many of the kids."

    The mission team, sponsored by the mission board and its Youth Evangelism Conference outreach, encompassed youth from five churches along with several TBMB personnel, including Edwards and disaster relief specialist Wes Jones and his wife Pam, former missionaries to Guatemala. Read More

  • Looking for work, Venezuelan finds a church family

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, July 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    BOGOTA, Colombia (BP) -- Fernando* felt like a failure. For a month-and-a-half he had been looking for work in Colombia, where he didn't know anyone. He longed to hold his wife and daughter again but couldn't return to Venezuela without a solution to the uncertainties there.

    The young Venezuelan couple had agreed: If they wanted a better future for their daughter, he needed to go. Although Fernando had maintained a good job in Venezuela, the country's growing instability -- political tumult, poor schooling and a shortage of basic medicine and food -- compelled him to try ... Read More

  • African nation's Baptists stirred to advance Gospel

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, July 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    BENIN, West Africa (BP) -- In the country that birthed voodoo, Baptists in Benin are working to pray for and support the spread of the Gospel in the Sub-Saharan country.

    It's a story IMB missionary Barbara Singerman can't share without tearing up.

    "They are investing in missions," she said. "They are expressing a love and appreciation and oneness -- participation in the work. We are completely overwhelmed." Read More

  • In Haiti, 'Lord kept us in eye of storm'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP) -- Safe flights from Haiti following a violent citizen uprising have allowed most Southern Baptist mission teams to return to the U.S., Baptist Press has learned.

    Teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee returned to the U.S. beginning July 9 after air travel resumed from the island nation. As recently as July 10, a team from Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., was still awaiting a flight to return this weekend, according to Facebook posts. Read More

  • Will missions solve your porn problem? No.

    by Keelan Cook, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Let me just come out and say it: pornography is a problem that impacts the mission field. In our #MeToo era, we're used to seeing web articles speaking of the dangers of pornography. We hear -- and it is most certainly true -- that pornography is both the result of and fuel for the objectification of humanity.

    Pornography makes another human less like a person and more like a snack. And yet, so often our recent reminders on the internet about the dangers of, well, the internet and other peddlers of this smut focus on that young man alone in his bedroom late at night. However, the grip of pornography reaches into more than ... Read More

  • Bapt. mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP) -- About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team plans to return home today (July 9).

    "The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning! They are scheduled to return home to the U.S later today," the Bradenton church posted on its Facebook page this morning. "Thank you for praying for this incredible group during their extended stay in Neply" about 20 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. Read More