International

Fatal car crash didn’t kill wife’s calling

July 15 2011 by Ava Thomas, Baptist Press

MADRID, Spain — Hearing Jan Johnsonius’ story, some people might wonder why she went back. She already had given everything to missions, it seemed — even her husband. “But once it’s in your spirit to serve the Lord overseas,” Johnsonius said, “it doesn’t leave.

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Embrace: Southern Baptists begin engaging 3,800

June 30 2011 by Alan James, Baptist Press

RICHMOND, Va. — “Let’s get to it already. We’re ready to roll. ” Micah Fries’ sentiment echoed throughout the crowd as International Mission Board (IMB) President Tom Elliff gave an invitation during the Southern Baptist Convention’s (Read More

Joplin tornado didn’t halt Thailand mission trip

June 28 2011 by Susie Rain, Baptist Press

NAKHON SAWAN, Thailand — The banners advertise a free medical clinic with American doctors, and a Thai man looks at the signs, trying to figure out where to go. But his interest stretches beyond the clinic being conducted by volunteers from Joplin, Mo.

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Vietnamese fluency lifts villagers in Cambodia

June 27 2011 by Tess Rivers, Baptist Press

KBAL TAOL, Cambodia — For a moment, Josh Nguyen thought he was back in Vietnam. Rubbing the wooden floor of a floating home in a remote village on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, the 44-year-old physician from Texas remembered the country he left as a refugee in 1975.

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Viet toddler’s miracle is no gospel substitute

June 27 2011 by Tess Rivers, Baptist Press

KBAL TAOL, Cambodia — Song Phu* is a healthy 2-year-old Vietnamese boy who entertains visitors to his floating home with giggles and gurgles common to toddlers around the world. Born with the name Mong, his grandfather changed it to Song — which means “live” — after he was miraculously healed from a rare blood disease nearly a year ago.

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TIM continues to bring water, spiritual relief

June 23 2011 by Norman Jameson, North Carolina Baptist Men

Drought is gripping 17 of the 39 districts in the Indian state of Bihar. In many of Bihar’s 45,000 villages the only water source is a deep water well bored by Transformation India Movement (TIM), a Christian ministry led by Biju Thomas and supported by many North Carolina Baptist churches.

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‘Go where lost people are,’ Iorg challenges WMU

June 23 2011 by Alan James, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Wearing an umpire uniform, Jeff Iorg said he wanted to show off his “missionary clothes” during the concluding session of the 2011 National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting June 13. Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.

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Church ‘on the street’ is pastors’ vision

June 22 2011 by Torie Speicher, Baptist Press

KOLKATA, India — Shiny, yellow Ambassador cabs wait in a queue and dirt-stained, homeless men sleep on benches at the airport in Kolkata. The odor of toilets permeates the baggage claim area. Walk into the city formerly known as Calcutta and marvel at how the British colonial architecture blurs the Hindu temples into the background.

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Fishers of men: N.C. church tackles unreached

June 20 2011 by Alan James, Baptist Press

It hangs from the ceiling near the auditorium of Englewood Baptist Church like an overgrown spider web. It’s frayed and tattered in spots, with blue netting where it has been repaired multiple times through the years. Pastor Michael Cloer runs his fingers along the fishing net, admiring the craftsmanship.

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Couple is at peace among unreached

June 20 2011 by Alan James, Baptist Press

Taped to the inside of their apartment front door is a list of essentials — “phone, water, keys, money, copy of passport” — that a North Carolina couple doesn’t want to forget when leaving venturing into the streets of a South Asian city of 12 million people.

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