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  • Equipping the American church for missions

    by Emily Verlin, posted Monday, April 16, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Before I moved back to the U.S. after serving as a missionary for two years in South Asia, many people told me to expect a difficult season as I returned home. They told me I would experience reverse culture shock in a variety of ways.

    Reverse culture shock is a common experience for many returned missionaries. And it would be easy to let these struggles paralyze us when we return from the field. However, our field experience -- whether it was two years or 20 -- has given us a tremendous opportunity to continue the work back home. Read More

  • Southeastern aiding Cuban convention's momentum

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands.

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Convention and its Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

    Southeastern's involvement comes at a "very unique period in Cuba's history," ... Read More

  • La. church 'conduit for what God gives us'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (16 days ago)

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    COUSHATTA, La. -- The Cooperative Program came up during last month's meeting of the missions committee at Fairview Baptist Church in Coushatta.

    The group was discussing a parachurch sports ministry Fairview Coushatta has financially assisted for several years. When a person raised a question about the amount necessary for assistance, pastor Matt Endris took the opportunity to show some of the benefits of Cooperative Program giving. Read More

  • Reaching Latin America's largest Chinese community

    by Nicole Leigh, posted Monday, April 02, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    LIMA, Peru (BP) -- Most people wouldn't think of Peru as being a hub of Chinese work, but there are more than a million Chinese in the country, 200,000 in Lima alone.

    They began coming to Peru three generations ago when the abolition of slavery left a void in the country's workforce. They were indentured servants, and once they fulfilled their contracts, many stayed and opened their own businesses.

    Today, Lima's Chinatown is a bustling center of activity with markets, stores and an abundance of delicious food that Peruvians have grown to love. Read More

  • Opera singer from Brazil sparks Vienna house church

    by Nicole Leigh, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    VIENNA (BP) -- When Maria* began to feel God nudging her to share Christ with Persians, she didn't know exactly what a Persian was. (There's no Persian language and no Persia on the map.) But within a week Maria met a girl from Iran. When Maria asked what language she spoke, the girl said "Persian," so Maria invited the young lady to study the Bible.

    Maria didn't set out to start a new Persian church. She was just obeying God. But that Bible study has now grown to over 100 people -- a mixture of former Muslims from Iran and Afghanistan, former Buddhists from Vietnam and former atheists ... Read More

  • New VBS resource helps churches 'go, tell' worldwide

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Packing for your next mission trip may have just gotten a whole lot easier.

    LifeWay Christian Resources has produced a new Vacation Bible School program called "Go & Tell Kids" to serve as a gospel presentation tool that's easy to transport to the mission field and works anywhere.

    "'Go & Tell Kids' is themeless, meaning people don't have to drag a bunch of stuff with them halfway around the world, and it's stripped of uniquely American cultural references," said Melita Thomas, VBS and kids ministry specialist at LifeWay. "It's relevant to kids in any culture and setting." Read More

  • IMB appoints 20 new missionaries to the nations

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, March 01, 2018 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Omar Loza accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in his home country of Peru, and then he shared the Gospel with his friends and family. A few years after reading that God wants believers to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth, he visited an Andean town.

    "I saw Aymara people worshipping God in their own language and culture," he said. "God put in my heart a desire to see many different people groups worshiping Him."

    Omar's wife Tia said she also has known she wanted to make Christ known to others since she surrendered her own life to the Lord's leadership. The Lozas of La Respuesta-Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., plan to serve God in the Americas. They are among 20 new full-time, fully funded missionaries appointed by International Mission Board trustees Feb. 28 and recognized during a Sending Celebration near Richmond, Va. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: South Korea's missionary movement

    by Jae Kyeong Lee, posted Friday, February 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    SEOUL, Korea (BP) -- The message of the Gospel first reached the Korean people in 1885 through the work of foreign missionaries. Less than 100 years later, 24 missionaries were officially sent out by the Korean churches in 1974. Their number grew exponentially, and 40 years after Korea sent out its first missionaries, 27,436 Korean missionaries from various denominations were serving in 170 countries.

    This growth has caused Christians worldwide to marvel at how Korea so quickly went from a country void of the Gospel to one of the biggest exporters of it. Although my country's missions practice hasn't been perfect, I think certain factors, by God's grace, have helped Korean churches send so well. Read More

  • Plan hatched to save Zimbabwe seminary using chickens

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHIWUNDURA, Zimbabwe (BP) -- A Southern Baptist missionary from Kentucky is hatching a plan to help pastors in Zimbabwe get the training they need to lead a new generation of Christians.

    Nick Moore, who serves as a professor at the Baptist Theological Seminary of Zimbabwe, said few future pastors can afford to attend Bible classes because of the country's oppressive unemployment and inflation rates. But with help through the Cooperative Program -- the Southern Baptist Convention's channel for supporting missions and ministry -- and some handy Kentucky Baptists, Moore thinks he's ... Read More

  • Church's unity includes Cooperative Program giving

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, February 02, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Tammi Ledbetter
    KILGORE, Texas (BP) -- Forest Home Baptist Church, with up to 800 worshippers on Sundays, reaches another 1,200 viewers worldwide from its 60-acre campus in East Texas.

    The church has a unity "that comes from loving each other," pastor Earl "Buddy" Duggins said. It's a unity that encompasses Forest Home's media outreach -- and its commitment to Cooperative Program missions and ministry in the U.S. and abroad.

    "We've been doing that for years," Duggins said of Forest Home's allocation of sending 15 percent of its undesignated offerings to Cooperative Program outreach, "and it's been a blessing for the church." Read More