Lottie Moon gifts help team reach Xtreme places
    November 19 2008 by International Mission Board

    Xtreme Team members in South America paddle rivers and hike hills to share the gospel.

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    Roughing it may be too tame a term for those who serve the International Mission Board on the Xtreme Team.

    These Southern Baptist missionaries go to some of the hardest-to-reach places on the planet. Electricity? Running water? Forget about it. Think backpacks at $100 a pop and satellite phones at $3,000 each. And, if you’d rather not get lost, you’ll need a Global Positioning System (GPS) device. That runs $150 apiece.

    The Xtreme Team tends to attract people who are physically fit, love the outdoors and are committed to following the Lord anywhere. Back in 2005, five churches and 40 freshly baptized believers owed their new start in life to the Peru team.

    Bobby Lane, from Andrews, N.C., served with a more recent Peru team. His primary work was Bible storying, putting the Bible into oral form. In the jungle, he lost about 25 pounds and narrowly missed going over a 400-foot drop in a truck. One day, four locals thought he was a drug trafficker until a local woman set them straight. On another, he battled a fever and wondered if his passion was enough.

    “And God … showed me you’re not here because of your passion. You’re here because I have called you,” Bobby said.

    For related stories, videos, photos and more on how your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering help missionaries, click here.

    Keep watching the Biblical Recorder web site for updates on Lottie Moon stories as well.



    11/19/2008 6:56:00 AM by International Mission Board | with 0 comments




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