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  • Baptist college in Vermont looks toward new campus

    by Art Toalston, posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    BENNINGTON, Vt. (BP) -- Northeastern Baptist College has signed an agreement to purchase a former elementary school campus as its future home in Bennington, Vt., where the college opened four years ago.

    NEBC President Mark Ballard signed the agreement Aug. 1. Several weeks earlier, "the Lord put it on the heart of some of our NEBC friends to give the initial gift commitment of $100,000," he noted in an email announcement. Read More

  • Adoptee's first act of love: aiding his homeland

    by Lily Jameson, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Micah Fries
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- People huddled in blankets near Ha Tsolosa, Lesotho. The January rain drizzled around them, a sign the recent drought was ending. The lack of rain had lasted two years and had devastated crops so badly many villagers had run out of food.

    Soon, aid workers -- both foreign and local -- started unloading relief items including bags of mealie (corn meal), oil and beans from trucks.

    But one worker looked a little different to the crowd. Read More

  • SBC staffers serve on World Changers mission team

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A group of Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee staff members participated in 2017 World Changers youth mission initiatives that combined Gospel conversations with service projects at 712 sites nationwide.

    Four members of the Executive Committee (EC) staff participated in the Nashville outreach July 17–21, leading a team of youth from 12 churches in projects across the city. The volunteers were among 8,000 who served in 50 cities in June and July that led to nearly 5,000 Gospel presentations and 281 decisions for Christ, according to LifeWay Christian Resources, which has partnered with World Changers ministry since 2011. Read More

  • Okla. DR chainsaw units deploy after Tulsa tornadoes

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 07, 2017 (12 days ago)

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    TULSA, Okla. (BP) -- Driving to Tulsa, Okla., a day after three rare August tornadoes destroyed property and injured dozens there Sunday (Aug. 6), Southern Baptist disaster relief leader Sam Porter was on the phone with a member of First Baptist Church of Jenks, Okla., a Tulsa suburb.

    "There's a large tree, a very extremely large tree down in their back yard, and she just said, 'We cannot afford to have the tree removed, and we're not able to do it ourselves,'" Porter, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief state director, told Baptist Press. "But a large tree ... can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 to be removed by a tree service." Read More

  • 'The Lord blessed' Vietnamese fellowship's meeting

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, August 04, 2017 (15 days ago)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- More than 1,100 people registered onsite for the annual meeting of the Vietnamese Baptist Fellowship of North America, a Southern Baptist fellowship of 160 churches. More than 1,400 attended the fellowship's praise and worship service.

    The fellowship met in Charlotte, N.C., at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, June 29-July 2, for worship, fellowship, encouragement and to build unity, said Paul Cao, in his second year as vice president of the fellowship. Read More

  • Hmong gather for missions, celebration, business

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, August 04, 2017 (15 days ago)

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (BP) -- A Buddhist monk was the first person to approach her booth in 2010, the year Lisa Vang began an outreach to the 30,000 or more people who annually trek to the annual Hmong International Freedom Festival in Como Park.

    "I had never seen a monk before at the festival," Vang said. "I told him, 'Christ is the only way,' and he said, 'Yeah; I heard that before,' and he accepted Christ!

    "We pray, whoever God wants to save, let Him lead people to our booth, and they come," Vang told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Korean-American couple inspires church in world missions

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 04, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP) -- Korean-American Chaplain Rebekah Kim remembers her first international mission trip 30 years ago when she shared the Gospel with Japanese, an ethnic group she had been taught to view as enemies.

    The human mind alone cannot forgive Japan's treatment of Koreans during the Sino-Japanese war, including the forced prostitution of Korean women and girls as "comfort women;" but the blood of Jesus has power to forgive, Kim told the Japanese. Kim, one of two Southern Baptist chaplains at Harvard University, was born during the Korean War, years after the Sino-Japanese War ended. Read More

  • Fla. Baptist Witness to merge with state convention

    by Barbara Denman & David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (17 days ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- The Florida Baptist Witness' board of directors has voted to cease functioning as a cooperating ministry of the state's convention and become a ministry within the Florida Baptist Convention organization.

    The action -- approved by the board during a special called meeting Tuesday (Aug. 1) conducted via conference call -- calls for the Witness' board to dissolve its corporation at the end of the year and turn over operation of the Witness publication and online presence to the state convention.

    Messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention in November will be given an opportunity to "affirm" the board's decision, Florida Baptist Convention executive director Tommy Green said in an online video released today (Aug. 2). Read More

  • N.M. village's Baptists see CP as missions priority

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (17 days ago)

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    CUBA, N.M. (BP) -- The multicultural mix of 750 people in the small, arid village of Cuba, N.M., is one of the qualities that drew Stephen Reynolds to pastor First Baptist Church there.

    The village off busy U.S. 550 draws the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Native Americans and others from 30 square miles of high desert lands. Read More

  • Survey weighs value of Bapt. associations

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    PIKEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Most church leaders believe their financial contributions to local Baptist associations are "a good kingdom investment" while others are struggling to see their relevancy, according to findings from a national survey released Monday (July 31).

    "When asked to describe the most exciting aspect of their local Baptist association, the most popular answer among church leaders was 'nothing,'" said Jason Lowe, a Kentucky director of missions who led the study that looked into attitudes about the work of local Baptist associations. Read More