International

Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director

December 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Felix Cabrera is the new executive director of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, he confirmed to Baptist Press (BP) Dec. 6. The executive board of the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) asked Cabrera to fill the executive post after the group met this week.

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IMB workers, Summit Church reaching Ukraine

December 7 2018 by IMB staff

In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago. And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board (IMB) worker and Ukrainian believers – along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church …
 

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Hispanic church’s ‘miracle’ partnership

December 5 2018 by IMB staff

Daniel Tuchez remembers the day he got the call. The International Mission Board’s (IMB) director of Hispanic mobilization called and said, “I need you to pray about this city in Southeast Asia, because it is going to be opening up, and maybe there are opportunities,’” recalled Tuchez, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tenn.

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Hawaii Baptists get missions training, tweak budget

November 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) received evangelism training from International Mission Board (IMB) personnel and welcomed into their fellowship congregations in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines. Gathering around the theme “We Are Hawaii Pacific Missions,” 191 messengers and 87 guests met Nov. 8-9 at Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu.

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Puerto Rico Baptists expanding Kingdom post-Maria

November 30 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

Southern Baptists of Puerto Rico gained nine new congregations at the group’s 2018 annual meeting, held just over a year after Hurricane Maria cut church attendance by as much as a third in the U.S. territory. “To the expansion of the Kingdom of God” was the theme as the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico …

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Tiny ‘beka’ stone helps confirm, clarify scripture

November 29 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Archaeologists’ discovery of a small weight from the period of Israel’s monarchy helps confirm the Old Testament system of weights and the existence of Solomon’s Temple, two Southern Baptist archaeologists say. A “beka,” a stone weight equivalent to about one-fifth of an ounce, was discovered by archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority …

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First gene-edited babies ‘a bridge too far’

November 28 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Evangelical bioethicists have joined many of their secular peers in condemning research that reportedly led to the birth this month of the world’s first genetically edited babies. In addition to echoing secular scientists’ concern about so-called “designer babies,” the evangelicals objected to destruction of embryos that occurred in the gene-editing process.

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‘Crazy’ or called?: Missionary’s death debated

November 27 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The last reported sighting of American missionary John Allen Chau was Nov. 17. Fishermen off the coast of India’s North Sentinel island spotted what they thought was his lifeless body being dragged across the beach and buried by members of the Sentinelese tribe.

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Jim Slack’s ‘Hello, World!’ now heard in eternity

November 20 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

“Hello, World!” was Jim Slack’s enthusiastic greeting to coworkers and his exclamation whenever he learned something new. His “Hello World!” also reached the ends of the earth. An unassuming man always in good humor, Slack became one of Southern Baptists’ most influential missiologists during a 50-year career with the International Mission Board (IMB).

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Chitwood as IMB pursued: ‘OK Lord, I hear You’

November 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

During the International Mission Board’s (IMB) presidential search process, Paul Chitwood knew departing from his role as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) would be difficult. But he couldn’t get away from Jesus’ words in Mark 10:29 about leaving “house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children” for “the sake of the gospel.”

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