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  • Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in Vancouver

    January 30 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in Vancouver

    Pastor Gavaha* received the alarming news while he was visiting South Korea for a leadership conference. A group of men, claiming to have come to deliver a magazine at his family’s home in Pakistan, had forced their way past an armed security guard and taken Gavaha’s wife and four children hostage.

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  • Home by home, Burmese hear church’s gospel appeal

    January 19 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Home by home, Burmese hear church’s gospel appeal

    Thirty people made professions of faith in Jesus during Agape Myanmar Mission’s home visits for its third annual Christmas outreach. “And a lot of Burmese people hear the Good News for the first time,” pastor Silas Lian said. “Please keep praying for us ... as we ... disciple our new believers.”

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  • Students’ GenSend experience energizes church’s giving

    January 2 2018 by Alexandra Toy, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Students’ GenSend experience energizes church’s giving

    In the summer of 2016, college students from Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, La., traveled to Chicago and Calgary to learn to live on mission. That experience not only changed the lives of the students, it also impacted the church.

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  • CP unites beyond finances, church planter says

    January 2 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP unites beyond finances, church planter says

    Though the Cooperative Program unites Southern Baptist churches in giving money for missions, it also helps believers acknowledge they need each other in the daunting task of reaching the nations for Christ, a church planter with an international background said.

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  • Partnering churches embolden Boston-area planter

    December 20 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Partnering churches embolden Boston-area planter

    “Where would Paul go today?” Chris Causey, pastor of Boston-area church plant Encounter Church, asked himself this as he read the accounts of Paul’s missionary journeys in the book of Acts. What started off as a reflection during his personal study would become the Holy Spirit drawing him in a new direction.

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  • DR’s Mickey Caison retires from SBC’s ‘greatest job’

    December 8 2017 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    DR’s Mickey Caison retires from SBC’s ‘greatest job’

    Think back among the most harrowing disasters in recent U.S. history: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwest floods of 1993, the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Harvey and Irma. Mickey Caison has represented Southern Baptists at each of them.

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  • Puerto Rico missionary’s relief aid opens hearts

    November 29 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico missionary’s relief aid opens hearts

    Even in the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s devastation from Hurricane Maria, church planting missionary Jorge Santiago has been experiencing the truth of Romans 8:28 that all things can work together for good. In July, Santiago and his wife moved to Puerto Rico with their two children to serve as church planting missionaries in Comerío.

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  • Puerto Rican pastors ‘not forgotten’ by SBC

    November 15 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rican pastors ‘not forgotten’ by SBC

    The “heart and spirit of Southern Baptists” are evident as churches and leaders help Puerto Rico recover after Hurricane Maria, pastor Jorge Alvarez said Nov. 11 in San Juan. Alvarez was among 150 local pastors and guests who attended an appreciation dinner held in their honor.

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  • Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    November 8 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Southern Baptist chaplains respond to hurting Texas community

    “It’s a pretty somber place,” Scottie Stice said of the community left behind after Sunday’s horrific mass shooting at a Southern Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Stice reported teams of Southern Baptist chaplains and other disaster relief volunteers are ministering however they can among those devastated by the “senseless” tragedy.

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  • Miracles in Appalachia leave Bill Barker in awe

    November 8 2017 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Miracles in Appalachia leave Bill Barker in awe

    When God first called Bill Barker as a missionary to Appalachia in the spring of 2001, the veteran pastor of more than 30 years – and a native of the region – got down on his knees and prayed. “Lord, what is the message I need to take?” Barker asked God.

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  • Chaplain orientation equips, encourages

    November 3 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Chaplain orientation equips, encourages

    During a panel discussion at the North American Mission Board’s inaugural New Chaplain Orientation, four veteran chaplains described some of the criticism they received from other believers when they answered the call to chaplaincy. These chaplains recalled being told that they were leaving “real ministry.”

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  • ‘Help & hope’: DR’s Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5

    November 3 2017 by Greg Teffertiller, Send Relief | with 0 comments
    ‘Help & hope’: DR’s Appreciation Day set for Nov. 5

    As far as disasters are concerned, 2017 will forever be known as “unprecedented.” The nation has been impacted by hurricanes of historic proportions, regionally pervasive wildfires and localized storms that struck numerous communities. The losses of life and property are more than statistics – they represent people who desperately need hope and healing.

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  • Migration a ‘divine opportunity,’ conference speakers say

    November 1 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor & Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    Migration a ‘divine opportunity,’ conference speakers say

    This year’s Reaching the Nations conference brought together more than 500 people in person and via live stream to learn and grow in how to reach refugees and immigrants in North America. More than 280 people attended the sessions in person with another 231 viewing online toward helping churches engage foreign-born people in North America.

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  • Will you take the ‘Gospel Conversation Challenge’?

    October 30 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Will you take the ‘Gospel Conversation Challenge’?

    Southern Baptist Convention leaders are calling on churches and their members to take part in a nationwide effort to have 1 million gospel conversations by June 2018. The GC (Gospel Conversations) Challenge is a joint effort of the North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources and Southern Baptist state conventions.

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  • Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time high

    October 23 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time high

    Kevin Ezell announced to the North American Mission Board staff that the 2017 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering totaled an all-time high: $59,648,377. The offering for North American missions beat the previous 2007 high by $185,096. “We are grateful for every dime we get from Southern Baptists,” said Ezell.

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