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  • Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’

    August 14 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’

    A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain’s attorney said. Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend …

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  • Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

    August 14 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

    U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes “there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ.” This year Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith – something one could describe as a spiritual awakening – at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.

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  • NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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  • New planters, resources energize Puerto Rico ministry

    August 7 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    New planters, resources energize Puerto Rico ministry

    Two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Félix Cabrera and his wife Denisse arrived to visit the island where he was born and deliver aid in the storm’s aftermath. Cabrera thought he was just there to help in a time of need, but God was working on something more.

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  • Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBC

    June 19 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBC

    Kevin Ezell delivered the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) report to messengers June 13 focusing on disciple-making and relaying an update on the effectiveness of Southern Baptist church planting efforts and NAMB’s new initiative in Puerto Rico. Ezell, NAMB’s president, began the report by inviting Robby Gallaty to share findings and recommendations from the disciple-making …

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  • NAMB to inform, mobilize pastors & churches at SBC

    May 14 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB to inform, mobilize pastors & churches at SBC

    Messengers and other attendees at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will have multiple opportunities to learn about ways to better engage their churches with mission efforts both locally and throughout North America. “We never stop seeking out ways to help get the hope of the gospel out to North America,” said Kevin Ezell.

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  • Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    May 9 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    Karla Holcombe, one of 26 victims to die in shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017, walked the lot adjacent to the church often, praying for God to provide a place for expansion. Members said the two-acre tract was too expensive. ...

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  • Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    April 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs expresses accountability to donors

    Donors supporting First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs after the mass murder of 26 worshippers there can be assured of the church’s integrity in handling donations, the church said in an April 12th open letter. The statement comes after concerns related to the use of funds for victim relief have been raised.

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  • FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    March 28 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

    First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, the Southern Baptist congregation whose members were targeted by a gunman in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, will begin construction of a new worship center and education building in May. Plans were announced March 27 by Frank Pomeroy, the church’s pastor.

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  • A win-win: church plants & sponsoring churches

    March 16 2018 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    A win-win: church plants & sponsoring churches

    At 30,000 people, Cleburne is not a big city – nor a small town – on the fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. It’s a community full of young families with a large contingency of older citizens who have called it home for decades. But when church planter John Turner looks at …

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  • Baptists stepping up efforts to help Appalachia

    March 13 2018 by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Baptists stepping up efforts to help Appalachia

    In the Appalachians, unemployment, poverty and drug abuse remain rampant. But Southern Baptists are stepping up their efforts to help residents impacted by the stark conditions. They are opening an Appalachia Ministry Center that will distribute food and other supplies throughout the central Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Ohio.

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  • Former gang member reaching Canada’s largest city

    “Everyone is welcome!” That is the motto of Fellowship Church Rogue Park located in Toronto’s East End. This multiethnic, multigenerational church plant rents space in a local Catholic school on Sunday mornings. Launched near an area known for gang violence, the ministry is led by a former gang member Kesavan Balasingham and his wife Viji.

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  • Meeting needs first in New York City

    February 20 2018 by North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Meeting needs first in New York City

    Once an abandoned storefront tagged with spray paint, the building that originally housed Graffiti Church has become a symbol of hope on New York’s Lower East Side. Send Relief missionaries Taylor Field and his wife, Susan, strategically positioned the church plant in 1986 amid crack houses and a large homeless population.

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  • TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces ‘Send Puerto Rico’

    February 9 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces ‘Send Puerto Rico’

    The North American Mission Board is adding Puerto Rico to its list of special areas that will receive increased attention and resources for church planting, Send Relief ministries and partnership opportunities with Southern Baptist churches that want to minister on the island. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the plans with NAMB trustees.

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  • Virgin Islands pastor: Baptists’ concern ‘genuine’

    January 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Virgin Islands pastor: Baptists’ concern ‘genuine’

    The “genuine” love and concern of fellow Southern Baptists are what U.S. Virgin Islands pastor Lawrence Turnbull cites as perhaps his greatest appreciation while recovering from two devastating hurricanes of 2017.“There’s a love and a concern that the folks show that [is] genuine,” Turnbull said.

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