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February 27, 2013
Human trafficking issue captures missionary's heart
February 25, 2013 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
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For Sandra Johnson, a North American Mission Board missionary in North Carolina, the issue of human trafficking is personal and a problem in our “own backyard.”
Couple plants church in 'most eclectic place'
February 25, 2013 by Tobin Perry, NAMB 
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Scott and Ashley Venable are North American Mission Board missionaries. Learn how prayer and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions is a big part of their ministry.
1% Challenge a surprising success, Page says
February 20, 2013 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press
Sample Image The 1% Challenge for increased Cooperative Program giving has been a surprising success, said Frank Page, president of the SBC’s Executive Committee. 
Baptist Hospital launches FaithHealthNC
February 26, 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor 
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Gary Gunderson's top priority at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is to develop a system of health care that  connects the hospital with the local church.

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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
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Hospital leader values congregations

Last week I sat down with Dr. Gary Gunderson in his office at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He is vice president of the Division of Faith and Health Ministries. He came to the hospital last summer to initiate a ministry that highlights the value of the local church and increases the possibility that hospital patients will enjoy better health when released from the hospital.

I was fascinated as I listened to him share supporting evidence for the high value of congregational support in health care. He also strongly underscored the great value of the Baptist State Convention of N.C. in building the kind of continuing partnership which will be essential for the network of care he envisions.

As you read the story, consider how your church can become a partner in this developing ministry of care and compassion. Be encouraged that the local church is not out of business. Dr. Gunderson's research should encourge and challenge us.

In our world, there is plenty of criticism recklessly hurled at the church, but there is a tremendous need for the local congregation. God established you on "this rock" (Matthew 16:18). I pray that your church fellowship will be strong in the power of God’s might as you fulfill His design and vision for your ministries.

On another subject, we have provided a special resource page on BRnow.org for the week of prayer for North American Missions. I hope you find it helpful.

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