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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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One Sacred Effort: Find your place in God’s story

November 17 2014 by International Mission Board, Baptist Press

Before becoming International Mission Board missionaries, a couple from Florida went to the Dominican Republic on their own as self-supported missionaries. They struggled to provide for their family of five. Now funded through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions…

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Work continues one year later in the Philippines

November 13 2014 by Baptist Global Relief

Nov. 7 was the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, the category five storm possessing winds of up to 235 miles per hour – 6,300 people died and 4.1 million were displaced. In the past year, Baptist Global Response conducted many projects on affected islands, including rebuilding schools and homes.

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‘My heart continues to ache,’ Bae says

November 11 2014 by Baptist Press

Stepping onto American soil Nov. 8 for the first time in two years, Korean American missionary Kenneth Bae thanked supporters for their prayers during his two years’ of imprisonment in North Korea because of his faith in Jesus. North Korea also released Matthew Todd Miller, who was serving…

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East Germans still burdened by the wall

November 10 2014 by Beth Vaughan, IMB/Baptist Press

International Mission Board missionaries, Pam and Wayne Jenkins, arrived in December 1982 when people were being sent to jail in East Germany for openly sharing the gospel. It was nearly six years later when the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989.

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Travel risks prompt Baptists to improve training

November 7 2014 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

Many concerned Baptist organizations have turned to an organization based in Pinehurst, Idaho, called Fort Sherman Academy for safety training. It’s president, David Dose, is a former Department of Defense consultant and instructor who has helped train government, corporate and faith-based groups how to handle travel risks.

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Louisville Deaf church engages Buenos Aires

November 6 2014 by Anne Harman, International Mission Board

Drawn by tens of thousands of Deaf people who live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with no church to call their own, a small group from Louisville Baptist Deaf Church recently traveled to the capital city to investigate how God could use them to share His gospel.

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Iranian pastor’s arrest ‘a serious blow’

October 29 2014 by Staff/Morning Star News

Behnam Irani, Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, all leaders in the Church of Iran, were sentenced Oct. 19 for “action against national security” and “creating a network to overthrow the system” – what human rights defenders say are catch-all terms the Islamist government uses to suppress Christians and political opponents it perceives as threat.

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