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  • Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    November 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board (IMB) trustees. That call culminated Nov. 15, he said, with his election as IMB president. “Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life …

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  • Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

    November 15 2018 by Ann Lovell, IMB | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

    Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday, Nov. 14, near Richmond, Virginia. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Kansas are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world. 

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  • Venezuelans, fleeing tumult, to find aid on a mountain

    November 1 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Venezuelans, fleeing tumult, to find aid on a mountain

    When Nelson Martínez’s father died this summer, Martínez inherited a piece of property half a day up the mountain from his hometown of Cúcuta, Colombia. The property sits at 10,000 feet at the top of a cold, often rainy mountain pass.

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  • David Platt: ‘Church leaders, what is success?’

    October 11 2018 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    David Platt:  ‘Church leaders, what is success?’

    David Platt posed a question he called “critical” for church leaders to answer in a Founders’ Day chapel message at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). “What is success for you?” Platt asked. “How do you define success in your role as a leader in the church?”

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  • 2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million

    October 8 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million

    In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide – the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received. 

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  • Southern Baptist churches appoint 66 missionaries

    October 1 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptist churches appoint 66 missionaries

    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 to step down from IMB; Meador named interim president

    September 14 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named interim president

    After receiving the resignation of David Platt, International Mission Board (IMB) president, effective Sept. 27, the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the IMB voted Sept. 13 to approve Clyde Meador as interim president starting Sept. 27, subject to full board approval.

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  • South Asia church planter gets nurture for his vision

    Sampson* grew up in a Christian home where his father was the pastor of a large traditional church in South Asia. When Sampson got married, God began to stir his heart for a new work in one of South Asia’s largest cities, more than 250 miles from his home and family. 

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  • Nat’l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    September 6 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Nat’l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.

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  • Kenyan family introduced to the ‘Great Physician’

    Fatuma* is raising her five children in a one-room metal house among 2.5 million people who dwell in an estimated 200 slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the squalid living conditions, she knows her children have something she never had as a child: love. After she was orphaned, Fatuma was sent to her aunt and uncle to be raised.

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  • Deaf men stir IMB worker’s heart for their souls

    The imam placed his copy of the Quran carefully on the table and called the men at the memorial service to attention. He opened the book, lifted his hands toward heaven and began to chant in honor of the man who had died. The Deaf men in the room copied the stance but remained silent …

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  • Baptist leader’s arrest sparks responses

    July 23 2018 by BR Staff | with 1 comments
    Baptist leader’s arrest sparks responses

    Mark Aderholt, a Southern Baptist leader who formerly worked for the International Mission Board (IMB) and the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC), was arrested July 3 on charges of sexual assault against a minor in the late 1990s, according to news reports.

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  • IMB, ex-missionary’s accuser differ over abuse response

    July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB, ex-missionary’s accuser differ over abuse response

    The International Mission Board (IMB) and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented differing accounts of how the board handled an investigation of the alleged misconduct. After Baptist Press published a July 16 update on the case of former IMB missionary Mark Aderholt – who has been charged in …

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  • World Cup stirs witness despite crackdown

    July 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    World Cup stirs witness despite crackdown

    Russia’s 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques – like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts – evangelicals still have managed to harness the world’s largest sporting event for gospel witness.

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  • Former Baptist leader charged with sexual assault

    July 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former Baptist leader charged with sexual assault

    Mark Aderholt, a former employee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention and International Mission Board missionary, has been charged in Texas with sexually assaulting a teenager 21 years ago. Aderholt, 46, was arrested July 3 in South Carolina and booked into the Tarrant County, Texas, jail July 9 on charges of sexual assault of …

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