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WASHINGTON (BP) – Islamic militants have eradicated virtually every trace of Christianity from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, said July 23. “There are no...

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There were no flashbulbs or television cameras, only teammates – mostly children half his size and barefoot – who celebrated and mobbed Dane Van Ryckeghem after he assisted in a goal during the game. The...

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  OZARK – The Kingdom Builders mission team from Ridgecrest Baptist Church (RBC) in Springfield erected the frame for a new 1600 square-foot training facility at School to the Nations here during the first week...

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Southern Baptists are advancing, not retreating, as they rally to give more through the Cooperative Program to fuel the Great Commission task, Executive Committee President Frank Page told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual...

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Southern Baptists gave an unprecedented $154 million to the 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, breaking the record for the largest total in the offering’s 125-year history....

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Celebrating historic milestones and the highest offering ever for international missions was the focus of national Woman’s Missionary Union’s (WMU) report to the Southern Baptist Convention....

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In his report to the convention, International Mission Board (IMB) Tom Elliff unveiled IMB’s theme for 2014, “One Sacred Effort,” encouraging every Southern Baptist to “find your place in God’s story.” For more information on...

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The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board commissioned approximately 100 during a rare joint commissioning service sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union, June 8, at the Baltimore Convention Center....

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The Nigerian church leader was secretly housing new followers of Jesus, former Muslims. When the time came for his second child to be born, he left his house to carry his wife to a clinic....

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John Yeats was part of a six-person team of Missouri Baptist volunteers on Gibitngil last month. He reflects on God’s sovereignty in the midst of uncertainty....

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The impression Carter and Missouri Baptists have left on this tiny island are profound – and eternal. Medellin’s Mayor Ramirez, for example, has told Carter that if it were not for Missouri Baptists, the island...

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BOLIVAR – Nearly 80 Southwest Baptist University students who are participating in international projects this summer through SBU’s Center for Global Connections (CGC) were covered with prayer during a commissioning service the morning of May...

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Bobby Shows of Union Hill Baptist Church in Holts Summit never could have dreamed God would use his love of sports to spread the gospel throughout the nation and the world. After leading him into...

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A small-scale spiritual awakening continues in Agojo, a Filipino fishing village devastated by Typhoon Haiyan last November. Nearly 80 Filipinos have made decisions for Christ followed by dozens of ocean baptisms and the start of...

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SPRINGFIELD – The Missouri Woman’s Missionary Union (MWMU) celebrated 125 years of the National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), 100 years of Girls in Action, and 90 years of MWMU during their Missions Celebration and annual...

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When Jim Breeden, director of missions, St. Louis Metro Association, gave me a copy of the newly reprinted book Indonesian Revival, by the late Avery Willis, I wasn’t expecting much. But Jim handed me a...

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GRAY SUMMIT – Members from the First Baptist Church (FBC) here canvassed their community in preparation for their “Hopefest” revival services, March 22-23. The church distributed 500 bags to households in the town of nearly...

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In its first meeting since paring down to one representative from each participating state convention, the Heartland Interstate Strategy (HIS) task force made two key decisions at a meeting on April 23 at Cross Pointe...

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George Hawkins began preparing for the Olympics in 2011. He wasn’t training to compete; he was getting ready to share the gospel. When the world came together in Sochi, Russia, Hawkins and other Missouri Baptists...

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Don Hinkle, Pathway Editor and Director of Public Policy for the Missouri Baptist Convention, and Mark Snowden, Evangelism-Discipleship Specialist for the Missouri Baptist Convention, share about what can be expected at the upcoming 2014 National...

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LVIV, Ukraine – Although he was born under the shadow of the Soviet regime, 36-year-old Baptist seminary President Yaroslav “Slavik” Pyzh never imagined that he would now face what, according to some news agencies, could...

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ST. LOUIS – Canaan Baptist Church here sent a four-person mission team across the world, Jan. 19-Feb. 2, to proclaim God’s Word among an unreached, unengaged people group in West Africa. According to Canaan Baptist...

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Karen Watson knew Iraq was dangerous. She had left Iraq months before, exhausted and afraid, as the chaotic country descended deeper into violence. But she went back anyway. She was not a soldier, but a...

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Nobody met me at the Mexico City airport. And from what I could tell, nobody was speaking English. I had to reach deep for every syllable I had learned in a Spanish class just to...

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Handmade dolls that have often been used during mission trips are now being made for Disaster Relief chaplains to give to victims. Jay Ryan, wife of Missouri Valley Director of Missions, and state chaplain trainer...

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Members of Pittsburgh Baptist in Pittsburgh, Pa., have seen for themselves how the Cooperative Program has provided financial support since the church’s founding in 1959. CP not only helped establish Pittsburgh Baptist, but helped the...

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Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) has a great deal to celebrate, and the party is set for April 4-5. WMU’s “Missions Celebration” will be held at Second Baptist Church, Springfield. According to Laura Wells, Missouri WMU...

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Larry McCrary issued a challenge during Southwest Baptist University chapel service March 5 to students, faculty and staff to live a missional lifestyle, making disciples wherever they “live, work and play” anywhere in the world....

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Thousands of people who need Christ live in Atlixco, a city in the Mexican state of Puebla. Faith Baptist Church in Washington and Rios de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water) Church in Atlixco have...

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From the rubble, a nation is still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan’s devastating effects last November. Much of the press and publicity have moved on, but Baptist Global Response (BGR) continues relief efforts. “Baptist Global Response is gearing...

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EUREKA – Approximately 225 people attended the first 2014 Disaster Relief (DR) training event at Central Baptist Church here, Feb. 21-22. Almost half of the participants were first-time trainees. Associate State Director Dave Wells said...

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The Heartland Interstate Strategy (HIS) task force met at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on Feb. 25 for its final meeting involving all of its original members. HIS decided to streamline its team (pairing down to...

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Scott Blanchard is familiar with all the public perceptions of Detroit and its surrounding area: It’s dying. No one wants to live there. The church can’t thrive in the Motor City. But the fact is, the...

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Canadians easily dismiss Christianity – especially in Quebec. The history of mistrust is woven deep within the fabric of Québécois culture – a culture that’s decidedly Catholic and, at the same time, increasingly secular. But Lucas...

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In the basement of a church hung a forgotten American flag, and when John Christensen laid eyes on it, he knew it was the flag he’d been praying for to take to the Sochi Olympics....

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Easter is fast approaching, and that means it istime for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering to support the efforts of the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Missouri Baptists have set a goal for the 2014...

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LifeWay Christian Stores set a goal last fall of donating 100,000 Hindi language Bibles across South Asia, but customers gave enough for twice that many. “LifeWay has proven once again it is an organization with...

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“Without Graffiti 2, without Andrew. … I don’t know where I might have ended up,” Shamar says. Shamar Smith has been attending Graffiti 2 Community Ministries’ after-school program for years. Raised in the South Bronx...

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Joe Conway/North American Mission Board ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) flagship publication, On Mission, has undergone a redesign, and something of a re-launch, with the New Year. “Beginning with the...

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Pastor Eddie Bumpers of Crossway Baptist Church challenged Missouri Baptists at the “Sowing in Tears” conference to do “whatever it takes” to reach the lost. Preaching from Matt. 9:1-8, Bumpers recounted how four faithful friends...

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Kevin Ezell told trustees of the North American Mission Board that he is determined to help pastors and laypeople redefine what success looks like for their churches. “Success cannot be defined based on how many...

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Once he feels its flame, a child will never doubt the candle’s heat. Likewise, the English Reformer William Tyndale once wrote, those who “feel” their faith will stand firm in the truth of Scripture and...

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“Normal Christianity” brings persecution, missionary and author Nik Ripken* said during the Missouri Baptist Convention’s 2014 “Sowing in Tears” conference at Crossway Baptist Church here, Jan. 27-28. “In the Bible, persecution is normal,” Ripken said,...

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Trending among Baptist state convention meetings this year was the decision to send more money to the mission field – a challenge set forth by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force adopted by the Southern...

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Will Baptists have a witness at the Winter Olympics in Russia? Will it be safe from terrorists? Will other issues arise? Marc Ira Hooks, one of International Mission Board’s (IMB) main strategists for the Sochi...

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The Olympic Games are a great meeting place for the people of the world, and Jeff Wells, senior pastor of Cross Keys Baptist Church here, believes it is a wonderful place to introduce them to...

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Elm Spring Baptist church has chosen to “be the missionary” for a people group in sub-Saharan Africa, and pastor Robin Dale hopes other Missouri Baptist churches will follow their example. They’ll have the opportunity at...

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JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Baptists dug deep and gave generously in 2013 to the Rheubin L. South Missouri Missions Offering (MMO). As a result, they surpassed the MMO goal for the second straight year. Receipts...

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BRIAN KOONCE/staff writer bkoonce@mobaptist.org BOHOL ISLAND, The Philippines – It’s been two months since Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines and more than three months since a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the island of Bohol,...

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Calling his message a “frightening responsibility” because of his desire to speak accurately, while simultaneously being “honoring of our Lord,” Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, delivered an “State of...

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