‘The nations are waiting,’ Chitwood tells SBC

June 17 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Massive cyclones in sub-Saharan Africa. Political and humanitarian crises in the Americas. Gangs among the Deaf. Police arrests in Southeast Asia. Slander in Central Asia. Even amid such difficulties, International Mission Board (IMB) personnel are seeing God create opportunities for people to hear a clear gospel witness, IMB President Paul Chitwood reported …

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Resolutions contend for vulnerable, gospel

June 14 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Messengers to the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention advocated for the vulnerable against abortion, sexual abuse and religious persecution in approving 13 resolutions June 12. The resolutions also addressed a variety of other noteworthy issues in the convention and the world, including local church autonomy, same-sex attraction, justice, women in the military draft and gene editing.

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26 new missionaries obey God’s call to the nations

June 13 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

David and Zoey Lee know they can go as Southern Baptist missionaries today because Christian believers in the past sacrificed to get the gospel to their homeland – a truth they shared June 11 during a Sending Celebration to honor the appointment of 26 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.

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IMB sex abuse prevention underway amid new report

June 4 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A new media report on sex abuse allegations, admissions and convictions involving former International Mission Board (IMB) workers comes as the IMB is implementing extensive sex abuse prevention reforms. The IMB is hiring a full-time senior staff member to oversee prevention response efforts, will involve outside legal counsel when reports of child abuse …

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IMB trustees approve 26 missionaries

May 28 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board (IMB) trustees approved the appointment of 26 new missionaries to take the gospel to the nations during their May 22-23 meeting near Richmond, Va. Trustees also considered pivotal changes in ministry advancement and prayer strategies; welcomed a report from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Adam Greenway …

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IMB pledges to ‘be a leader’ in abuse prevention

May 23 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board (IMB) trustees heard recommendations May 22 from the firm conducting an external examination of IMB’s handling of past allegations of abuse and sexual harassment and IMB’s present policies and practices. IMB President Paul Chitwood responded immediately with an apology to victims and a pledge for the future.

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Missionary to urban Scottish youth dies of cancer

May 23 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Gena Wilson, a missionary to Scotland who walked the 2014 New York City marathon representing cancer survivors, lost her third battle with the disease May 13 at home with her family in Beaufort, S.C. Wilson, 51, who served more than 20 years as a Southern Baptist missionary, “shared hope because she had hope, …

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Refugees ‘people that need help,’ simulation shows

May 23 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Imagine having to either flee with the one child in your arms or run amid gunfire in search of your other children perhaps already killed by terrorists attacking your community. Brian Moore was one of about 100 others who encountered such a decision May 15 at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. …

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Refugee crisis: IMB’s Chitwood goes to Capitol Hill

May 20 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Only days after witnessing Venezuelan refugees’ plight on the Colombia border, and mere weeks after praying with refugees in Uganda, International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood traveled to Capitol Hill May 16 to discuss the global refugee crises with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Nigeria violence draws joint religious liberty cry

May 17 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Escalating violence that has killed thousands of Christians in Central Nigeria must be addressed by the international Christian community and a Nigerian government that has harassed victims, a global religious liberty coalition noted after its 2019 consultation in Abuja. The frequent attacks can no longer be blamed on a centuries old land dispute between Christians and Fulani herdsmen …

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