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  • Trucker who killed family of 5 finds mercy

    August 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trucker who killed family of 5 finds mercy

    A grieving father’s scripture-laden plea for mercy led to a lenient 180-day jail sentence for the truck driver who killed a missionary family of five in an auto accident last year. Cedric Pals told Keith County (Neb.) District Judge Richard Birch he has experienced “unrelenting anguish” …

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  • Missionaries engage a Jewish community in South America

    It’s not easy for David Harris* to arrange an evening meal with a friend he’s made since moving to South America. Weekends are off limits because Aaron* is an Orthodox Jew and carefully observes the rituals of Shabbat, the Sabbath. On weekdays their meals together have to be taken at kosher restaurants. ...

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  • God is ‘up to something’ in Norway

    December 9 2016 by Elaine Gaston, IMB | with 0 comments
    God is ‘up to something’ in Norway

    International Mission Board church planting catalysts Zack and Jennifer Dove were geared up to plant their lives in Oslo, Norway, in 2013. They had fine-tuned their expectations toward an urban setting, but a few months before landing there, circumstances shifted them a little further south. ...

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  • Pearl Harbor attack cited as evangelism catalyst

    December 8 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pearl Harbor attack cited as evangelism catalyst

    As Americans commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, some Christians also are remembering a series of evangelistic harvests that emerged from the death and destruction. Among those to find a saving relationship with Jesus was the commander of the Japanese air fleet that carried out the attack.

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  • ‘Days of sweat’ spread gospel in Ghana

    December 8 2016 by Elaine Gaston, IMB | with 0 comments
    ‘Days of sweat’ spread gospel in Ghana

    After 10 years of medical school, residency and training, surgeon Heidi Haun spent a morning in a West African courtyard pounding gravel into dirt with dozens of ladies who chanted traditional songs. Pounding a courtyard is not in Heidi’s job description as general surgeon at the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu. ...

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  • New relationships in ancient Verona

    December 6 2016 by Elaine Gaston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New relationships in ancient Verona

    In the ancient Italian city of Verona, Nick and Shannan Copland use modern tools to shape new relationships and share timeless biblical truths. The International Mission Board workers appear to be naturals when it comes to making friends. Nick and Shannan use their interests in good food and outdoor pursuits to connect with individuals there.

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  • Imprisonment under Castro recalled by missionary

    December 5 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Imprisonment under Castro recalled by missionary

    As the world reflects on the legacy of late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a former Southern Baptist missionary imprisoned by the Castro regime in the 1960s is remembering what Castro could not do: kill the church. David Fite was arrested in Havana in 1965 on what he calls fabricated charges of “trafficking in foreign currency” and “ideological diversionism.”

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  • At a German university town, connections yield faith

    November 30 2016 by Katie Coleman, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    At a German university town, connections yield faith

    “People don’t do religion in east Germany,” was the reaction Martha Moore often heard. Moore moved to Germany in 2000 to serve as a campus evangelist and start a new ministry. It was clear that it would be a challenge to see lives transformed by the gospel in a country where many are atheists or agnostics.

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  • Family serves unreached in Mozambique

    November 29 2016 by International Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Family serves unreached in Mozambique

    Believers traveling by boat, sharing the gospel: in the book of Acts it was the Apostle Paul on the Mediterranean. In Northern Mozambique today it is International Mission Board missionary Brian Harrell steering his dhow through coastal waters. A national partner often joins him, and sometimes his wife Becky, and their four children are his crewmates. ...

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  • Along the Zambezi, a ‘modern-day Livingstone’

    November 21 2016 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    Along the Zambezi, a ‘modern-day Livingstone’

    Elephants, antelope, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and the occasional lion are among missionary Kenny Vines’ travel mates as he moves about his ministry in the African nation of Zambia. On multiple occasions while on his way to a village for Bible study, he has been cut off by a herd of elephants and had to travel another path. ...

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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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  • 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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  • Family seeks to reach ‘unwanted’

    March 18 2016 by Butch Blume, The Baptist Courier | with 0 comments
    Family seeks to reach ‘unwanted’

    Grant and Amber Hinson left their jobs and their home, and traveled with their three children to live in a trailer park two hours away. They wanted to to immerse themselves as missionaries in a neighborhood law enforcement officials had tagged as a “hot spot” for criminal and drug activity.

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  • Platt: IMB to handle added VRI, HRO costs

    February 29 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Platt: IMB to handle added VRI, HRO costs

    The International Mission Board (IMB) is “fairly confident” it will be able to handle additional costs incurred by a larger than anticipated reduction of its workforce in the organization’s “reset” to balance its budget, according to IMB President David Platt. The 2016 budget already had a $23 million deficit ...

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