International

Puerto Rico: NAMB breaks ground on Send Relief center

August 21 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Send Relief celebrated the start of construction of a new ministry center in Puerto Rico with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, Aug. 19. As the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board, Send Relief expects the new facility will be a major boon to outreach efforts on the island.

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Ebola deaths & fears return to West Africa

August 21 2019 by Toni Braddix, IMB

The second-worst Ebola epidemic in history is taking place in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The disease has claimed more than 1,900 lives since the outbreak garnered World Health Organization concern in August of last year.

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MacDonald named IMB VP of marketing, communication

August 13 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board (IMB) trustees voted to elect Mark MacDonald as the mission organization’s vice president of marketing and communication during a virtual meeting Aug. 12. MacDonald currently serves as strategic communication catalyst for the Florida Baptist Convention in Jacksonville, Fla., and executive director of the Center for Church Communication, based in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Fruitland set to launch bold new teaching program for Montagnard people

August 12 2019 by Mike Creswell, BSC Contributing Writer

Fruitland Baptist Bible College is launching a bold new Bible teaching program for the Montagnard people who have settled in North Carolina from Vietnam. First classes will begin in mid-August. The new initiative comes in response to a request from North Carolina Baptists that such a program of theological education be started for the Montagnards.

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Christian prisoner in spotlight at China rights event

August 8 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The release of an underground church leader reportedly jailed in China for his Christianity was among pleas at an interfaith roundtable U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended on China’s religious rights abuses. China should release Hu Shigen, held since 2015 on charges of subverting state power, religious freedom advocate Gary Bauer urged at the meeting …

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IMB notes increase in missionary candidates, plans to send more

August 2 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Executive Editor

The International Mission Board (IMB) cited sharp increases in the number of missionary candidates it has received since last fall, and due to the organization’s strong financial position, leaders are preparing to rally even more Southern Baptists to do mission work through the IMB. IMB President Paul Chitwood told the Biblical Recorder there are more …

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On the border: ‘Urgent need’ to show Christ’s love

July 29 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The two adult sisters risked their lives in a months-long journey from Cameroon in Central Africa to Tijuana, Mexico. Southern Baptist pastor Marshal Ausberry was surprised to see them at the Southern U.S. border seeking asylum in America. “It’s just not people from Central America and South America that are coming,” Ausberry …

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Prayer yields 3rd church in Taiwan town of 50,000

July 29 2019 by IMB Staff

Ming Wei* is a firm believer in the power of prayer. When she moved to her husband’s hometown eight years ago, she began to pray for the opportunity to make a difference in the city of 50,000 with only two Christian churches but countless temples. Two years later, the opportunity to work with children provided …

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College students see lives change through GenSend

July 26 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

A group of students in Calgary had the opportunity to share their faith with another student and saw him come to Christ. The next week, another team of students, 3,400 miles away in Puerto Rico, led a grandmother to Christ. In New York City, an unexpected subway detour led a student to a gospel conversation with a Muslim man.

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Gardening cultivates work in the Lord’s fields

July 26 2019 by Madeline Arthington, IMB

International Mission Board missionaries Gary and Carolyn Miller are tapping into a Hungarian love of nature to build bridges for gospel work through a program called “The Master’s Gardeners.” The idea of using a horticultural program to share the gospel came to Gary several years ago while he was prayerwalking.

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