Sebastian Traeger to leave IMB VP post

October 3 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Sebastian Traeger, executive vice president (EVP) of the International Mission Board (IMB), has announced he will resign Nov. 15 at the next meeting of IMB trustees. Traeger tied his resignation to the departure of David Platt as IMB president to pastor a church in northern Virginia.

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Southern Baptist churches appoint 66 missionaries

October 1 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries on Sept. 26, at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., with each new missionary sharing firsthand how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His gospel to people who have never heard it.

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Platt’s IMB farewell: ‘Rise above’ SBC challenges

October 1 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In his final address to trustees as International Mission Board (IMB) president, David Platt urged the IMB’s leaders to “rise above” current challenges in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in order to reach the world’s “2.8 billion people who have little to no access” to the gospel.

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Rebel force attacks Baptist churches in Burma

September 28 2018 by Morning Star News Staff

Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said. On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar’s largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), attacked the churches in the rebel’s autonomous region in Shan state, according to Christian leaders.  

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NAMB, Revitalize Network add focus outside the South

September 26 2018 by NAMB Staff

The North American Mission Board (NAMB), in partnering with the new Revitalize Network initiated by Thom Rainer, will provide resources, tools and coaching to churches in need of revitalization outside the South. “One of the biggest things we hear expressed from established churches outside the South is the need for revitalization resources,” NAMB President Kevin Ezell said.

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‘After Maria’: Puerto Rico remains changed by storm

September 21 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Before Maria and after Maria” is the word on the streets of Puerto Rico. “That’s how life changed,” native Puerto Rican and Southern Baptist minister Jonathan Santiago told Baptist Press a year after the hurricane. In Santiago’s observation, churches, including Southern Baptist congregations, lost about 35 percent of their attendance.

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Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

September 18 2018 by Trennis Henderson, WMU

Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship (BNF) has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director. Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings.

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China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

September 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom. Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported.

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SWBTS English institute aiding int’l students

September 12 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) English Language Institute (ELI) is now assisting full-time international students who need to improve their English comprehension. “Students who couldn’t study here before at Southwestern now have a pathway,” said Caitlin Yowell, ELI director. “The intensive English program is a fast-paced study program.

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Immigrants at the border: people, not statistics, four ministers conclude

September 7 2018 by Mike Creswell, Contributing Writer

Immigration is one of America’s greatest issues of our time: noisy, divisive and politically charged. But all that buzz fell away this summer when four North Carolinians journeyed from Arizona across the U.S./Mexico border into Nogales, Mexico. At the border, the four talked with scores of people – almost all families – who were waiting to get into the United States.

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