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    FIRST-PERSON: The time is now

    by Terry Sharp, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (3 hours ago)

    Now is the time to be a friend to an international student, Terry Sharp writes, to help those who have traveled far from their native lands adjust to life in a new country early in the school year. Read More

  • 25,297 years: emeritus missionaries mark their call

    by Dianna L. Cagle/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (yesterday)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- "You, like Paul, found many ways to stay in place."

    Drew Carson*, a leader with the International Mission Board, told emeritus Southern Baptist missionaries, who recorded a total of 25,297 years of service during their careers, that the New Testament apostle "could have left … but he chose to stay the course," as recorded in 1 Corinthians 16:8-9.

    "Your ministry of staying the course has also helped the IMB stay the course," Carson said. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB celebrates missionaries, approves balanced budget

    by Julie McGowan , posted Thursday, September 14, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center Sept. 11-13 to celebrate more than 25,000 years of service by emeritus missionaries while approving the appointment of 51 new personnel to take the Gospel to unreached people and places.

    The fall meeting near Asheville, N.C., also included orientation for 11 new trustees; approval of a balanced budget for 2017-18; and concerted prayer for specific needs representing every region of the world. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Red Hair Harbor

    by Frankie J. Melton Jr., posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Frankie Melton, in visiting Taiwan's Red Hair Harbor during a mission trip, ponders an elderly man's unsettling statement. Read More

  • Lay missions pioneer Doyle Pennington dies at 75

    by Joe Westbury, posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017 (28 days ago)

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- Doyle Pennington, a pioneer in mobilizing Southern Baptist laypersons for missions and ministry, died Aug. 13 in Stockbridge, Ga., following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

    Pennington, along with his wife Celeste, was a longtime veteran of Southern Baptists' lay renewal movement, which sought to bolster church life, marketplace witness and missions during much of the 1970s and '80s. He was also the Southern Baptist Convention's first lay volunteer with Mission Service Corps (MSC), founded in 1977 at the urging of President Jimmy Carter, a Southern Baptist, to coordinate ... Read More

  • Dinner with a former jihadi, a new view of missions

    by Rachel Cohen , posted Tuesday, August 08, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND (BP) -- Growing up in post 9/11 America, I believed no greater enemy existed than a terrorist waging war on the Western world. So you might imagine how, um, surprised and paralyzed I felt when I found myself in South Asia eating dinner with a jihadi.

    Well, he used to be. Read More

  • Korean-American couple inspires church in world missions

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 04, 2017 (one month 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: The aroma of peace

    by Eric W. Ramsey, posted Friday, August 04, 2017 (one month ago)

    Eric Ramsey tells of a Muslim passer-by drawn to a Mideast church who explains that it was like smelling aromatic food, except: "… this I do not smell with my nose, I feel it in my soul!" Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Every church's task

    by David Platt, posted Thursday, August 03, 2017 (one month ago)

    A church's ministry to its people and its community, David Platt writes, is a key part of its global mission -- "that one day all peoples in all the world receive the Gospel of God and revere the glory of God." Read More

  • Navigating Mexico's pre-& post-Hispanic identity

    by Jennifer May, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (one month ago)

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    MEXICO (BP) -- For half an hour I had enjoyed hearing a jewelry maker describe how she creates unique pieces to sell. I prayed with her and for her, and she responded by giving me several hugs as we walked out of her store. I hoped our visit would help lay the foundation for sharing the Gospel with her.

    And then she left me speechless by explaining that her store is a temple to Tezcatlipoca, the ancient god of darkness. She bowed and told me that, on closing every day, she gives thanks to all her gods for their grace to her. Read More