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  • 3rd Virgin Islands crusade to continue imparting hope

    January 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    3rd Virgin Islands crusade to continue imparting hope

    Devastation and suffering among Hurricane Irma and Maria survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands were palpable to Florida Baptist Jeffery Singletary, who led a mission trip to the islands months before the storms. His heart’s response was a series of “Feeding the Five Thousand” crusades that reaped 620 decisions for Christ, Singletary said.

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  • N.C. Baptists make a difference in Vermont

    January 23 2018 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists make a difference in Vermont

    Mention Vermont and most Americans think pleasant things like maple syrup, bright fall foliage and winter skiing. But to missions-minded Baptists, Vermont is one of the most challenging mission fields in the country. The state has proportionately fewer Bible-believing churches and Christians than any other state.

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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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  • Worship leaders’ jaunt to Sam’s Club goes viral

    December 20 2017 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Worship leaders’ jaunt to Sam’s Club goes viral

    Things went viral after Slade and Danielle Alday and a group of friends went to Sam’s Club in Dothan, Ala. One of them began playing a keyboard there and the group began to sing. An onlooker recorded about three and a half minutes of “Our God is Awesome” and posted it to Facebook, where it had tallied nearly 11 million views.

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  • Polygamist’s 28th son takes gospel to sect community

    December 15 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Polygamist’s 28th son takes gospel to sect community

    Brian Mackert was the 28th kid to a polygamist father with four wives and 31 children. Family tumult in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prompted his mother to divorce – leaving Mackert an angry teenager, even wanting to kill his father.

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  • Cookie ministry provides comfort

    December 15 2017 by Pam Horne, Southern Exposure Magazine | with 0 comments
    Cookie ministry provides comfort

    The simplicity of a single homemade cookie. Could it be a source of sustenance for those mourning the death of a loved one? Six and a half years and more than 50,000 cookies later, the answer is most definitely yes.

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  • Marshville church, college athletes become ‘family’

    December 11 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    Marshville church, college athletes become ‘family’

    When Amy Duke made an announcement to Philadelphia Baptist Church in Marshville, N.C., about an opportunity for families to sponsor a Wingate University volleyball player, she thought she might hear from a handful of interested church members. Twenty minutes after service ended, all 18 athletes were matched up with families.

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  • SBC evangelism task force discusses recommendations

    December 11 2017 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    SBC evangelism task force discusses recommendations

    Members of the Southern Baptist Convention’s evangelism task force met Dec. 5 to each share recommendations that will be considered for a final report to the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2018 annual meeting in Dallas. The task force gathered on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for the second of three scheduled meetings.

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  • Amid RVers in the Arizona desert, church offers faith

    December 1 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Amid RVers in the Arizona desert, church offers faith

    At least 400 vendors for the nation’s largest RV show plus nine major rock/gem/mineral shows and 15 general swap meets gather each balmy winter in the Sonora Desert of southwestern Arizona. The vendors see more than a million visitors between December and March.

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  • N.C. colleges seeing more gospel engagement

    October 31 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    N.C. colleges seeing more gospel engagement

    North Carolina Baptist churches are engaging students with the gospel on one-third of the college and university campuses in the state, and North Carolina ranks among the national leaders in several key collegiate evangelistic and missions categories. “What God has been doing through the local church in North Carolina is pretty amazing,” said Jonathan Yarboro.

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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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  • NOBTS year-long centennial to have evangelistic focus

    October 13 2017 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    NOBTS year-long centennial to have evangelistic focus

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration with special events and the announcement of upcoming centennial initiatives focused on evangelism and missions. Activities began with the annual Founders Day chapel service, as Chuck Kelley pointed past the seminary’s founding to the true “seed” from which the seminary sprang – the Acts 1:8 commission.

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  • Pastor’s near-death experience intensifies gospel focus

    October 12 2017 by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Pastor’s near-death experience intensifies gospel focus

    After surviving a fiery explosion that nearly killed him, Kentucky megachurch pastor Steve Ayers said he’s a changed man, having come out of the ordeal laser-focused on Jesus and telling others about the gospel before it’s too late. “I was committed to evangelism before the accident,” said Ayers. “I’m completely committed to evangelism now.”

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  • Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

    September 26 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Russia remains formidable challenge for evangelism

    Thirteen photos – a wide palette of Russian faces – hang on the walls of Marc Ira Hooks’ office. One is an elderly man in Sochi. Another is a young boy more than 5,700 miles away in eastern Siberia, face wrapped in fur. And there are more faces, cities and people groups in between.

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  • Pastor sees church thrive amid corn, soybean fields

    September 15 2017 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Pastor sees church thrive amid corn, soybean fields

    With fields in every direction, this rural community of 564 people is an unlikely spot for one of Kentucky’s largest churches to sprout up. Pastor Ricky Cunningham, who doubles as a farmer, has applied commonsense agricultural principles to grow Hardin Baptist Church to 2,500 total members over the past three decades.

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