IMB, NAMB celebrate missionaries, sending churches

June 19 2015 by Laura Fielding, IMB Connections

The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board partnered together in a Church and Mission Sending Celebration to recognize 59 missionaries and their sending churches during the final day of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, June 17, in Columbus, Ohio.

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‘What if?’ asked at Send North America Luncheon

June 17 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB

More than 2,600 guests joined hosts Kevin Ezell and David Platt to hear the men discuss the future of missions in the SBC at the Send North America Luncheon during the Pastors’ Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, host to the annual meeting of the SBC.

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Steve Green’s Bible curriculum is a hit in Israeli schools

June 16 2015 by Michele Chabin, Religion News Service

Students at 16 Israeli high schools are completing a yearlong pilot program called TAMAR developed by the Washington-based Museum of the Bible, funded by the billionaire Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain. After a successful year, seven additional schools have requested the program next year.

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Abedini beating intensifies calls for release

June 15 2015 by Baptist Press staff

American pastor Saeed Abedini has been “viciously” beaten in the Iranian prison where he is being held for his Christian faith, the American Center for Law and Justice reported June 10, prompting renewed calls for Abedini’s release as a condition of any nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran.

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‘Stubborn’ 94-year-old volunteer won’t quit

June 5 2015 by Paige Turner, IMB Connections

At age 94, Lorena Mayhugh is a volunteer English teacher in Thailand, where she builds relationships and shares the gospel. When asked why she left her son and grandchildren in California, Mayhugh tells them she’s a Christian, and God told her to come to Thailand.

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Naghmeh Abedini: Tie Saeed’s release to Iran deal

June 4 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The release of Americans imprisoned in Iran should be a condition of any nuclear deal with the Persian nation, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Naghmeh Abedini said she appreciated that the captive Americans are “being discussed on the sidelines” of nuclear talks. “But … ”

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Nigeria's Buhari installed amid violence

June 1 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated as president of Nigeria May 29 in Abuja, at a time when violent Fulani herdsmen he once supported appear to be joining with Boko Haram to kill Christian farmers and capture their farmland. The international community will see whether Buhari is really a “born-again democratic” …

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Egyptian convert regularly abused, says attorney

May 29 2015 by Morning Star News/Baptist Press staff

Imprisoned by Egyptian authorities for photographing Muslim attacks on Christians and then held after his sentence was complete, Bishoy Armia Boulous is beaten several times a week, said attorney Karam Ghobriel. Ghobriel said he thinks the beatings are meant to do one thing – break Boulous’ spirit.

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Chinese missionaries face cultural challenges

May 28 2015 by Caroline Anderson, Baptist Press

Chinese believers could be the next missions sending force, following the Western and Korean Christians who’ve gone before them. They pray, give and go, sacrificing everything to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the nations. But sacrifices come with costs. Chinese cross-cultural Christian workers say they struggle with discouragement and loneliness.

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Global uncertainty re-emerges 70 years after World War II

May 28 2015 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press

Post-World War II chaos eventually gave way to order and development in many parts of the world. But it’s become increasingly clear that the era of relative global stability that followed the war – albeit guaranteed for long periods by the weapons of superpowers – has come to an end.

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