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  • IMB hosts emeriti celebration at Ridgecrest

    September 18 2017 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    IMB hosts emeriti celebration at Ridgecrest

    People in ministry often joke about retirement because serving God remains a lifetime commitment. For 31 new emeriti missionaries from the International Mission Board, God plans to continue to use them, if they are willing. “You, like Paul, found many ways to stay in place,” said Drew Carson* to the emeritus missionaries.

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  • Platt urges new missionaries to look to Jesus

    September 18 2017 by Dianna L. Cagle,BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Platt urges new missionaries to look to Jesus

    “He’s called your name,” David Platt told 51 new missionary appointees. “You are His.” The appointees, along with friends and family and about 950 emeritus missionaries were part of a Sending Celebration at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, N.C. Platt, the International Mission Board’s president, shared from Hebrews 11-12.

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  • IMB celebrates missionaries, approves balanced budget

    September 15 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB celebrates missionaries, approves balanced budget

    International Mission Board trustees gathered to celebrate more than 25,000 years of service by emeritus missionaries while approving the appointment of 51 new personnel to take the gospel to unreached people and places. The fall meeting also included orientation for 11 new trustees; approval of a balanced budget for 2017-18; and concerted prayer.

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  • Redefine your life, Send Conference’s 4,000 exhorted

    July 31 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Redefine your life, Send Conference’s 4,000 exhorted

    “Is anybody hungry for a fresh move of God?” Las Vegas pastor Vance Pitman asked the crowd of 4,000-plus during the first of four main gatherings at the Send Conference in Orlando, Fla. “Our prayer is that God would move fresh in your heart,” said Pitman.

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  • Church planter urges prayer for Russia

    July 11 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Church planter urges prayer for Russia

    “There are a good number of Russians whose religion is their country,” said Adam Knight, a church planter with the International Mission Board. That nationalistic devotion led to the persecution of many Christians during Russia’s communist era, he added. It had a chilling effect on evangelism that still lingers in the church.

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  • UNC student uses ‘wish’ for eternal impact

    July 10 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    UNC student uses ‘wish’ for eternal impact

    Madeline Ray and her family were supposed to take a trip to Australia in 2011. That’s when the Make-A-Wish Foundation initially granted her wish, more than three years after Ray first suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in the fifth grade. Another stroke just months before the vacation postponed it for the next year. ...

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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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