IMB couples follow God, find each other

September 19 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press

ORLANDO, Fla. – Who says romance can’t blossom in far-flung places? For Brent and Lisa Williams*, it began in a tropical location. But it sure wasn’t a beach or a singles’ resort. “Deep in the jungles of Central America, we found God’s passion for the lost, and for each other,” Brent said during an appointment service for 77 new International Mission Board (Read More

Elliff answers questions at Southwestern

September 19 2011 by Keith Collier, SWBTS

FORT WORTH, Texas — International Mission Board (IMB) president Tom Elliff chooses to spend most of his time with seminary students because he believes they represent some of God’s best tools for evangelizing, discipling and planting churches among the world’s unreached and unengaged people groups.

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Spiritual awakening key to G.C., IMB’s Elliff says

September 16 2011 by Don Graham, Baptist Press

ORLANDO, Fla. – Either beg God for spiritual awakening or sink into irrelevance – that was the plea International Mission Board (IMB) President Tom Elliff voiced to trustees at their Sept. 13-14 meeting in Orlando, Fla. “I see this as the critical issue facing us as Southern Baptists,” Elliff said.

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IMB trains for unreached, unengaged peoples

September 15 2011 by Don Graham, Baptist Press

MARIETTA, Ga. – It’s a problem many pastors wish they had. About a year ago Chris Roberts started Bridge Community Church in Blackshear, Ga. , with just 36 people. The congregation has since swelled to an average of 280 in Sunday morning worship.

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Volunteer Dies in Haiti

September 8 2011 by BSC Communications

A member of a North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) medical missions team died Sept. 7 while serving in Haiti. Denise Clemmer of Forest City was in Haiti with other members from her church, Florence Baptist Church in Forest City, as part of NCBM’s continued ministry following the devastating earthquake of January 2010.

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Chinese church still defies Beijing

September 8 2011 by Sarah Page, Compass Direct News

BEIJING – On Aug. 28, five members of a house church in Fangshan, China, woke at 4 a. m. and traveled for two hours to a public square in Beijing in order to worship with members of the embattled Beijing Shouwang house church. On their arrival at 7 a.

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Africa famine & unrest: ‘disaster on a disaster’

September 6 2011 by Trent Parker, Baptist Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia – “Me and my nation against the world, me and my clan against the nation, me and my family against the clan, me and my brother against the family, me against my brother. ” This ancient Somali proverb sheds light into the mindset of a fiercely independent culture.

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Coffee & missions blend in Macedonia tourist town

August 25 2011 by Ava Thomas, Baptist Press

OHRID, Macedonia – It didn’t take much to sell Ginna Caldwell and Hannah Gilstrap on their current jobs. Make coffee. Drink coffee. Talk to people. Get up the next day and do it again. Perfect. The two were working as baristas in Alabama when they said “yes” to running a coffeehouse in Ohrid, Macedonia, for a couple of years as International Mission Board journeymen.

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Libya beyond Gaddafi: Prays for access to Jesus

August 23 2011 by Ava Thomas, Baptist Press

TRIPOLI, Libya – Tripoli, Libya, woke up Aug. 22 to the imminent end of 42 years of rule by Muammar Gaddafi – the longest-running Arab leader ever. In Syria, meanwhile, violent clashes continue in the streets between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his opponents.

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Africa famine slideshow aids relief effort

August 22 2011 by Baptist Press

NASHVILLE — With Southern Baptist famine relief efforts gearing up in the Horn of Africa, support for those efforts is being mobilized with the posting of a downloadable multimedia slideshow on the crisis. Famine in the Horn of Africa has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, according to the United Nations.

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