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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Family finds calling in 'young people's haven'

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Shane Mikeska's missions calling and plane ticket didn't land him in London -- a tropical illness did. "It definitely wasn't part of our plan," he said. "My wife, Lindsay and I started out in Southeast Asia on an agricultural farm. We loved the people, and we loved the language. But long story short, I got sick."

    He needed to be in a place with a colder climate, and after much deliberation, it looked like England was the place. So the couple moved, and the difference was stark. It wasn't just the climate that was cold; Shane said the people seemed cold toward Christianity. And the pace of life in England's cities felt chaotic and hard to engage. Read More

  • What Lottie Moon taught me about injustice, Gospel

    by Lori McDaniel, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    RICHMOND (BP) -- I've met injustice face to face.

    She was a trafficked woman who stood beside me at a train station in Asia, her pimp glaring from a few feet away. Everything within me wanted to grab her hand and rescue her. But our conversation ended abruptly, and I don't know where she is today.

    I heard injustice cry out on the edge of an African village as 10-year-old girls were "circumcised" as part of a village tradition. The village women sang in celebration, and my heart split between anger and compassion. The need for justice and the Gospel weighed heavy on my soul. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Whatever it takes

    by Robert Jackson, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Family physician Robert Jackson recounts life-or-death decisions faced by the father of a daughter with leukemia and a group of pastors and deacons pondering the fate of unreached people in Asia. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope for the forgotten refugee

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)

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    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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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