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SEBTS dedicates George Braswell library

October 15, 2019 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS
On Sept. 12, 2019, the George Braswell Missions and World Religions Library was dedicated in honor of the George Braswell, Emeritus Professor of Missions and World Religion ... READ MORE 

Carolina Women challenged to make God's word a priority

October 15, 2019 by Dianna Cagle, BR Assistant Editor
Nearly 300 women gathered at North Carolina’s Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell on Oak Island Oct. 4-5. They collected $4,045.50 as an offering to Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina ... READ MORE

Brunson reaped spiritual ‘hunger’ in Turkish prison

October 14, 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press 
Two years in Turkish prisons reaped for pastor Andrew Brunson a spiritual “hunger, desperation and running after God” that he hasn’t felt since his release.
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IMB, Billy Graham Center focus on rural churches stateside and abroad

October 14, 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB
The IMB and the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College’s Rural Matters Institute have launched a five-year research project that aims to arm the rural church with resources needed to advance the gospel...
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Rural churches are vital to the mission

This week our team published a news article from the International Mission Board (IMB) about its new joint effort with the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College to research how best to equip rural churches for missions. The five-year project is, in my opinion, an exciting development. I'll tell you why.

A great many North Carolina Baptist churches are located in rural parts of the state. And they represent a powerful force for taking the gospel to the nations. Any effort to mobilize more of these churches for the sake of the Good News is worth celebrating.

I encourage you to read the excerpt below, and take a look at the full article here.

“Rural peoples are vital to the 21st century,” [said John Brady, IMB vice president of global engagement.] “They will continue to be producers of the food and other products that sustain life. Their spiritual health matters. We must seek effective avenues to reach rural peoples with the gospel and help them form healthy churches. This will change the spiritual health not only of our rural areas, but our cities as well.”

Data from the research project will be published at Wheaton's Rural Matters Institute website. Your BR staff will stay up-to-date on any new developments and be sure to keep N.C. Baptist churches informed and inspired to reach their communities and the world with the gospel.


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