International

Chitwood: IMB must communicate with Southern Baptists

February 13 2019 by IMB Staff

International Mission Board President (IMB) Paul Chitwood has set forth his vision for Southern Baptists staying abreast of the work of the nearly 3,700 IMB missionaries taking the gospel to the nations. “Stewarding the unique role of the IMB in the missionary call requires that we are able to communicate with Southern Baptists,” …

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Macedonian Baptists awaken to church planting

February 13 2019 by IMB Staff

They realized they had been missing something. A group of Macedonian church leaders gathered in 2017 in the small nation’s capital, Skopje, to talk about evangelism and church planting. But when they discussed starting new groups as a method of outreach in the European nation of 2 million, no one had anything to contribute …

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Greear addresses unreported victims of sexual abuse

February 12 2019 by J.D. Greear and Brad Hambrick, The Summit Church, Durham, N.C.

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has set forth counsel to victims of sexual abuse who have not yet sought help. An article coauthored with biblical counselor Brad Hambrick has been posted at Greear’s website, jdgreear.com, and is printed in full below.

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Chitwood installed as IMB president

February 8 2019 by Ann Lovell, Baptist Press

Unity, fellowship and promises of mutual support characterized the installation of International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood and the Sending Celebration of 19 newly appointed international missionaries on Feb. 6. Chitwood is the 13th president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s 173-year-old International Mission Board.

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Rebuilding communities, planting the gospel in Puerto Rico

February 5 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

When Jorge Santiago left Puerto Rico as a young man, he never thought he would return. His family sent him to the U.S. mainland in a last-ditch effort to shake him loose from a lifestyle of doing and dealing drugs. “I never thought that I was going to come back to Comerío …

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Asia Bibi victory draws praise, caution from advocates

January 31 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who escaped death from a disputed blasphemy conviction in Pakistan, has stirred optimism as a legal victory and caution over her safety. The Pakistan Supreme Court upheld Bibi’s acquittal Jan. 29. The three-judge panel ruled against Islamic extremists who challenged the court’s October decision to free Bibi.

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Kammerdiener leaves legacy of service to missions

January 25 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, IMB

Donald R. Kammerdiener, a longtime missionary and administrator with the International Mission Board (IMB), died Jan. 23. He was 82. Kammerdiener was especially known as the steady hand administering day-to-day operations of the IMB under two presidents and stepping in to lead as interim president between the two, spanning a period from 1990 through 2001.

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Chitwood to be installed as IMB president Feb. 6

January 24 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

The International Mission Board (IMB) will install Paul Chitwood formally as its 13th president on Feb. 6 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. The public is invited to attend the installation service, which will include a Sending Celebration honoring the appointment of 19 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.

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Christian women targets for persecution: Open Doors

January 18 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Targeted Christian persecution tailored to hurt women is trending globally, Open Doors reported in its 2019 World Watch List of 50 countries most dangerous for Christians to practice their faith. “The data proves conclusively that Christian women are the most exploited group on the face of the earth today,” Open Doors President David Curry said …

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Open Doors: Christian persecution up 14% worldwide

January 17 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The number of Christians suffering high to extremely high persecution is 14 percent more in 2019, Open Doors reported, counting 245 million individuals globally. Persecution driven by Islamic extremism and Communist authoritarianism in the world’s two most populous countries, India and China, marked the increase, Open Doors said Jan. 16 …

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