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  • Platt encourages pastors: ‘Engage in SBC ecosystem’

    June 19 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Platt encourages pastors: ‘Engage in SBC ecosystem’

    The International Mission Board (IMB) is in a stable financial position, “setting the stage” to send more missionaries to share the gospel, IMB President David Platt reports to the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix. Platt thanked Southern Baptists for increased giving to the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

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  • IMB now on firm ground, Platt reports

    June 16 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB now on firm ground, Platt reports

    Through Southern Baptists’ “faithful, generous and consistent giving” of more than $98 million to the Cooperative Program and approximately $153 million to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the International Mission Board has reached financially stability, IMB President David Platt told the entity’s trustees June 12.

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  • Southern Baptist churches send 31 new missionaries

    June 16 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptist churches send 31 new missionaries

    As a young girl, as Ashley Sparkman listened to stories of missionaries serving around the world, she told God she would “go” to take the gospel to people who had never heard it. In college, as she studied physical therapy, she began to ask God to expand her horizons to go on mission. ...

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  • SEND conference calls for ‘recalibration’

    May 30 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    SEND conference calls for ‘recalibration’

    Karen Watson, a missionary who was killed while serving in the Middle East, penned a letter that was only to be read in the event of her death. The letter would later inspire California-based worship leader and artist Hector Gabriel to write the song “Peoples Praise.” Gabriel performed it May 19-20 at the Send Conference.

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  • Zimbabwe leaders accused of starving opponents

    September 15 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Zimbabwe leaders accused of starving opponents

    Zimbabwe’s Human Rights Commission has accused the ruling party of withholding food aid from opposition supporters amid mass starvation triggered by the country’s worst drought in years. The commission said its investigation confirmed that some opposition supporters in five constituencies could not access the government’s food aid program.

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  • Aponte named as IMB vice president of mobilization

    August 25 2016 by Harper McKay, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Aponte named as IMB vice president of mobilization

    During their August 23-24 board meeting, International Mission Board  trustees announced Edgar Aponte, director of Hispanic leadership development at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as the IMB’s new vice president of mobilization in late fall. “Edgar Aponte is an incredibly talented man of God,” said Danny Akin.

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  • ‘Insanity of God’ shows faith amid despair

    June 23 2016 by Bob Smietana, Fact & Trends | with 0 comments
    ‘Insanity of God’ shows faith amid despair

    Nik Ripken almost abandoned hope when he first arrived in Somalia 25 years ago. Ripken, then a young International Mission Board missionary, had caught a ride with the Red Cross in a small plane carrying relief supplies across the border between Kenya and its war-ravaged neighbor. What he saw shook him to the core.

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  • Nurturing theological connections in the Americas

    May 20 2016 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    Nurturing theological connections in the Americas

    Billy and Debbie Hurst’s first missionary assignment was to Guatemala in 1998 where they served two years, followed by placements in Costa Rica and Mexico. Then, in 2014, the Lord brought them back to Guatemala. The couple is part of the International Mission Board’s theological education connector team for the American peoples ...

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  • Platt to new missionaries: Trust gospel to prevail

    May 13 2016 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Platt to new missionaries: Trust gospel to prevail

    On May 10, 29 new missionaries were appointed during the International Mission Board board of trustees meeting near Richmond, Va. The new missionaries shared their testimonies during the service which was simulcast live to allow Southern Baptists to join in the celebration.

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  • IMB honors past, looks to future

    May 13 2016 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB honors past, looks to future

    The International Mission Board is ready to move forward into a future of partnership with churches that empowers limitless missionary teams who are making disciples and multiplying churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God, International Mission Board President David Platt told the agency’s trustees May 11.

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  • IMB’s Clyde Meador to retire after 41 years

    May 11 2016 by Michael Logan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB’s Clyde Meador to retire after 41 years

    Clyde Meador, who retires May 13 from the International Mission Board, is known – along with his wife Elaine – among missionary teams for steady, unflappable leadership. Forty-one years of service testify to the Meadors’ simple steps of obedience even more than to strategic insights and leadership.

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  • IMB’s ‘quiet force’ Holli Fish Lancaster, 51, dies

    April 1 2016 by Caroline Anderson, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB’s ‘quiet force’ Holli Fish Lancaster, 51, dies

    Described as a “quiet force,” former International Mission Board worker Holli Fish Lancaster died in Tennessee March 29, following a battle with ovarian cancer. She was 51. Lancaster, a native Texan, and her husband Dan served in Southeast Asia for more than 12 years. The couple also planted churches in the U.S.

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  • IMB addresses baptism numbers

    March 22 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB addresses baptism numbers

    Decreases in the number of baptisms and new churches reported by International Mission Board missionaries during the past decade reflect changes in data-reporting methods and missions strategy, not a lack of evangelistic ministry. Overseas baptisms for 2015 are at their lowest level since 1969.

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  • Retired missionaries honored at Calvary banquet

    March 21 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Retired missionaries honored at Calvary banquet

    Addressing 33 missionaries at a dinner on March 8, Milton Hollifield said, “Even though your place of assignment may be changing, you are still Southern Baptist missionaries.” The audience was part of the 80 International Mission Board missionaries from North Carolina who took advantage of the organization’s Voluntary Retirement Incentive ...

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  • ERLC, IMB urge prayer for refugees March 15

    March 15 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC, IMB urge prayer for refugees March 15

    The March 15 focus of the campaign – #PrayForRefugees – comes on the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in the Middle Eastern country. The ERLC and its partners are calling for Christians to pray for the more than 13.5 million Syrians who need humanitarian assistance …

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