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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 … ”
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” …
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.
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.
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.