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ANALYSIS: South Korea's missionary movementSEOUL, 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 chickensCHIWUNDURA, 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 givingKILGORE, 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
Rethinking missions and retirementRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Baby Boomers -- those born between 1946 and 1964 -- are currently heading into retirement at an unprecedented rate. Data suggests that on average, 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day.
Recent research also suggests that the average Baby Boomer is expected to live at least until age 84. Couple those two realities together and what you have is a generation of people who are retiring and, on average, will live for nearly another 20 years. The implications of these truths are massive for Christians and churches and missions. Read More
Lifelong singleness not an issue for missionary surgeonNASHVILLE (BP) -- Decorated surgeon and missionary Rebekah Naylor, who heard God's call to medical missions at age 13, never longed for marriage and motherhood. She simply left the details of her life up to the Lord, she told Baptist Press just shy of her 74th birthday.
"I think it is vital that we not put qualifications on God's call," said Naylor, who celebrated her birthday on Jan. 2. "It cannot be that I agree to respond to God's call to missions provided He gives me a husband or sends me to a particular place.
"Total submission to Him is essential," she noted. "Then the promise is that He will direct our paths. I have experienced that over and over." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Start somewhere
"You can't take the Gospel everywhere amid the overwhelming lostness in our world," Keith Shorter writes, "but you can take the Gospel somewhere, so start there." Read More
Christmas hospitality: How missions, parties collideRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In our part of the world, there are no Christmas parades, no lines to visit Santa, and no corner lots filled with cut trees for sale. But our neighbors -- most of whom have never observed Christmas -- know that we celebrate Jesus.
This isn't because our front lawn has a giant nativity scene or because we put on a spectacular laser light show (not that there's anything wrong with that). They know for one simple reason: we invite them into our home.
I'm sure that for some who are reading this, the thought of having people over is as scary as Charles Dickens' Ghost of Christmas Future. But it doesn't have to be that way. Hospitality is a trait followers of Jesus ought to develop. For us, it's one of the best ways to build bridges to the Gospel with our neighbors. As you look to make the most of this Christmas season, consider how to share Jesus with people who are right around you. Read More
Seminary's impact strengthens family's call to serveWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As Lesley Hildreth walked across the stage with her daughter, Rachel Hildreth Breniser, at Binkley Chapel on Dec. 8 to receive their degrees, the moment represented not only personal accomplishments but also Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's influence on the Hildreth family.
"Southeastern is a key vehicle that has enabled us to serve the Lord better and serve the Lord together," said Scott Hildreth, director of the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern, husband to Lesley and father to Rachel. Read More
IMB's Platt: When we pray, God worksRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- No matter what the story is, whether it's a family planting a church in a doctor's office in Japan or a young man sharing truth over coffee with university students in Mexico City, International Mission Board president David Platt says two things are true: God is at work through missionaries around the world and praying for them matters.
"This isn't just a rushed or mechanical exercise. God has ordained our prayer as a means to accomplish His purpose in the world," Platt said. "We've got to be aware that our praying for boldness for missionaries is actually going to affect whether or not they have boldness. God ordained it that way. When we pray, God works." Read More
Hearts drawn to Gospel: Missionaries see God at workRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- It was as vivid a dream as it could possibly be, and she didn't know where it came from.
Dilara* hadn't been asking anyone questions about Jesus or researching Christianity. But in her dream, Jesus picked the woman up from her bed and started walking her through the streets of her town.
"We eventually came upon this building, and He opened the door for me," she said. Then she realized it was a church. Read More