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Pouring gas on South Asia’s church-planting fire

December 16 2014 by Don Graham, IMB/Baptist Press

For Mitch Englehart,* it’s a beautiful sight that’s taking place in some very dirty water. The South Carolina native watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized outside a small village in the South Asian countryside. Dhanwan is one of them.

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U.S. religious freedom post filled

December 16 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Senate confirmed David Saperstein as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in a 62-35 roll-call vote Dec. 12. Saperstein, a long-time proponent of global religious liberty, has been director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for more than three decades.

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‘Ebola fighters’: TIME’s Person of the Year

December 11 2014 by Baptist Press staff

“The Ebola Fighters,” many of whom were motivated by their Christian faith to risk their lives in battling the deadly disease in West Africa, have been named TIME’s “Person of the Year,” the magazine announced Dec. 10. Kent Brantly was one of several medical workers featured on a TIME Magazine cover…

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Typhoon Hagupit steamrolls the Philippines

December 9 2014 by Caroline Anderson, Baptist Global Relief

One year after Typhoon Haiyan steamrolled through the Philippines, another typhoon is carving a path of destruction through the islands. Typhoon Hagupit, or ‘Ruby,’ as it is known locally, made landfall Saturday evening. The slow-moving storm is expected to strike six Philippines islands before it moves out to sea Tuesday.

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Music helps missionaries break barriers

December 5 2014 by Tess Rivers, IMB/Baptist Press

Good values weren’t enough for Linda Hamfors of Stockholm, Sweden. Hamfors, who grew up in an atheist family, believed Jesus was “a really amazing guy” and learned values from her parents like forgiveness, acceptance and love. But, good values couldn’t sustain the singer/songwriter through the tumultuous years when her parents began drinking more and pursuing materialistic gain.

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And so they wait: Syrians, Iraqis, Eritreans seek new beginnings in Europe

December 4 2014 by Keith Weston, IMB Commission Stories

For these refugees waiting has become a staple of life since fleeing war-torn homelands. Most left Syria months ago, joining the rapidly growing stream of immigrants seeking a better life in Europe. United by family, friendship or simply the shared experience of going through hell to get here, they remain hopeful and resilient. Yet they wait.

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N.C. church perseveres on journey to embrace people group

December 2 2014 by Paige Turner, International Mission Board

Mark Harrison leads Old Town Baptist Church teams to “T people” villages several times a year, ever since they became involved with the International Mission Board’s Embrace initiative four years ago and committed to engage an unreached, unengaged people group with the gospel.

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Missions ‘just got personal’ for pastor Tony Mathews

November 20 2014 by Kate Gregory, IMB/Baptist Press

When pastor Tony Mathews returned from Africa, he made it his mission to enlist other African-American pastors in missions trips, knowing from personal experience how enriching a pastor's personal involvement in international missions could be to a local church.

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First believer opens door to gospel among people group

November 20 2014 by IMB Staff

Jon Gerwig, an IMB missionary, came to East Asia in 2004 to work with the Iron Pea* people group, which had no known churches and only a handful of believers. He and his coworkers use a new method of ministry called “Scripture planting,” which integrates Bible translation with real-time church planting, evangelism and discipleship.

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Missionaries sacrifice to give to annual offering

November 18 2014 by Tess Rivers, International Mission Board,

More than a quarter of a million dollars – $277,217.92 – was collected at a summer gathering of 240 International Mission Board (IMB) families serving among American people groups around the world. Of the total, $125,000 came from outside donations while $152,217.92 came from IMB missionaries.

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