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NAMB's 'Pray for Planters' seeks 10,000 churchesNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board's prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons and working extra hours at a second job.
Yet it was anything but ordinary.
"The very week that the focus was on me and our church, I was diagnosed with ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Go beyond
Just as God never settles for the status quo, Kevin Ezell writes that North American Mission Board missionaries, supported by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, are "always pushing forward … starting new churches, connecting with new people and finding ways to meet needs so that in the process a conversation can turn toward the Gospel. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Maine church cracks hard soil, sees explosive growthAUGUSTA, Maine (BP) -- When Jeremy Snowman first attended Kennebec Community Church (KCC), he entered the premises with deep apprehension. His boyfriend was already attending and felt comfortable there. Snowman wanted a church and was willing to risk rejection and judgment.
His parents attended church when he was a child, but that ended around age 10. He had begun having feelings about being different from other children who tagged him as gay because of his feminine characteristics. In middle school and high school Snowman was the target of bullying, so he built an emotional shell for protection. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Church planters no longer alone in Colorado townTIMNATH, Colo. (BP) -- Two months after settling about 900 miles north of their native Texas, Kelly and Brandi Parrish were sitting on the living room floor on Christmas Eve 2013 with their four children lighting Advent candles.
They had come to plant a church.
That night, the family asked God not to let them ever be alone again on Christmas Eve. Then they prayed that God would work in their lives over the next year. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Collegiate evangelism produces 'joy' in NorthwestELLENSBURG, Wash. -- During Jacob Dahl's senior year at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., the civil engineering major had a "sitting-in-the-mud moment," much like the prodigal son. Though the Washington native grew up in church, he had somehow "missed the heart of the Gospel."
"I came to the end of my rope in terms of morality and self-discovery," Dahl said.
Dahl crawled out of the mud and into Resonate Church, a Southern Baptist campus church at WSU, where he professed faith in Christ and was baptized. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Teaching, reaching refugees in JacksonvilleJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- While sitting with her daughter at a mall food court, Kim Carr noticed internationals in exotic clothing surrounded them. Carr asked her daughter, "When did they all get here? Where are they from? Who is reaching them?"
Armed with the new sensitivity, and prompted by the Holy Spirit, Carr felt led to learn more. At a local fitness center she met with a former Southern Baptist missionary who had been praying less than 12 hours before for someone to help with international refugees. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Canadian pastor finds new flock with The GatheringWINDSOR, Ontario (BP) -- John D'Antonio's family knew that his four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, would soon be over. Many of his Italian-Canadian family and friends had gathered in his Windsor hospital room to say goodbye to the 30-year-old father and husband.
Just before John's diagnosis four years earlier, his family had moved next door to Garth and Patty Leno. Leno was the pastor of one of Windsor's largest churches, and John's mother, Italian immigrant Elena, was a faithful member. On this most difficult of days, the family called Leno. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Church plant emerges from walking the streets of BrooklynBROOKLYN, N.Y. (BP) -- When Camille Mumford started attending Bridge Church with her husband, she regularly sent pastor James Roberson quotes from New Age advocate Deepak Chopra. The Cleveland native wasn't too sure about what she was hearing from Roberson and she wasn't sure that anyone in the church's Bible study would understand her.
But she continued to attend the small group, known as City Groups, and learned the importance of discovering community, particularly when living in a new city. Within three months, she volunteered to bring food. Three months later, she started participating. Today, she can't imagine living in New York City without her Bridge Church family. Read More
Young leader initiative announced by EC & NAMBALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The SBC Executive Committee and North American Mission Board are launching a young leader initiative to better engage pastors between the ages of 25-45.
The network's goal will be to provide a sense of brotherhood for those already participating in Southern Baptist life and find ways to engage those who are disconnected or minimally involved. Read More
TRUSTEES: NAMB approves Send Relief ministry hubsONTARIO, Calif.(BP) -- Trustees of the North American Mission Board meeting in Southern California heard reports from local church planters and approved the establishment of three Send Relief "ministry hubs" that will provide mercy ministry and give Southern Baptists more opportunities for hands-on missions service.
Meeting Feb. 7 for their full board meeting, trustees approved a plan for NAMB to purchase existing property that will be transitioned into the ministry hubs.... Read More