International

Peru’s dream of a World Cup: A lesson for missions

July 3 2018 by Jennifer Waldrep, IMB

Tears streamed down the cheeks of thousands of Peruvians who traveled to Russia only to see their World Cup dream end with an 0-1 loss to France at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg. Yet, what mattered – what Peruvians savored – is that after 36 years on the outside, their national soccer team contended as a World …

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Missionaries you should know: George Liele

July 2 2018 by Lesley Hildreth, IMB

One of the most significant figures in the history of Christian missions is a freed Georgia slave named George Liele. Even though William Carey may be called the father of the modern missionary movement, George Liele left America and planted the gospel in Jamaica a full 10 years before Carey left England.

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‘Insider Movements’ in Muslim missions critiqued

June 29 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

A new book edited by two Islamic studies seminary professors explores the weaknesses of the popular “Insider Movements” in Muslim missiology. “Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts,” which released last week, is an academic response to a missiological approach that argues Muslims can confess Jesus as Lord and remain Muslim.

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Asian Americans can be ‘missionary forces’ in SBC

June 26 2018 by Morgan Collier, Baptist Press

“We have a citizenship in heaven and we are true brothers and sisters in Christ,” D. August Boto told attendees at the National Asian American Fellowship’s June 11 meeting in Dallas. Boto, interim president of the SBC Executive Committee (EC), said the EC is “available to enhance the way God has gifted you in and …

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Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

June 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) has expressed concern that a group some SBMF members claim opposes Jewish evangelism was among exhibitors at this year’s June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. During its June 10 annual meeting, the SBMF – which comprises largely Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) …

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2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

June 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Struggles and opportunities unique to second-generation Americans pastoring beyond their cultural heritage are a new focus of the 2nd Generation Asian-American Fellowship. The Southern Baptist fellowship drew about 20 pastors to a noon panel discussion June 12 in Dallas, kicking off a mentoring initiative to help second – and even third – generation pastors successfully navigate cross …

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Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

June 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Religious restrictions continue to spread globally in Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of laws and social hostilities in 198 countries, although most countries still rank low to moderate on a study scale researchers devised. Less than half of the countries, 42 percent, ranked high or very high on Pew’s scale of restrictions including both …

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Platt underscores Lottie Moon’s urgency for the gospel

June 22 2018 by Ann Lovell

This year’s Southern Baptist Convention marked the 100th anniversary of the naming of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Mission Board President David Platt told more than 1,100 Southern Baptists at the IMB dinner June 11 at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas. Lottie Moon was a single female missionary who served with the Foreign …

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Hispanics talk discipleship at LifeWay luncheon

June 22 2018 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Convention

Nearly 60 Hispanic pastors and leaders gained discipleship insights and resources during a LifeWay Leadership luncheon June 12 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Craig Featherstone, LifeWay Global vice president, welcomed the group and noted LifeWay’s new centers in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil in addition to short-term Bible studies in Spanish.

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Filipinos celebrate ministry, need more church planters

June 22 2018 by Morgan Collier, Baptist Press

The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America (FSBFNA) met together June 12 at Dallas Metroplex International Church to celebrate ministry accomplishments from the previous year and to worship followed by fellowship over lunch. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas, June 12-13.

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