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Riding the rails at 50 mph, IMB missionaries circle the city in prayer

TOKYO (BP) -- Have you ever been to a prayer meeting that went 50 miles an hour? International Mission Board missionaries in Japan go to one every Tuesday morning.

Manga, cosplay and Olympic trading pins all provide bridge to the Gospel

The Japanese comics, costume play and popular trading pins were all used to share the Gospel this weekend near Shibuya Crossing, a pedestrian crosswalk where as many as 3,000 people cross at one time.

Japanese hunger for hope on the horizon

With the eyes of the world on Japan during the Olympics, the nation is still in the throes of the states of emergency. However, hope is on the horizon in the country known as the land of the rising sun.

Game on for IMB Olympics ministry team

TOKYO (BP) – Dozens of Southern Baptists across the U.S. planned to travel to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics to serve alongside International Mission Board missionaries and Japanese Christians.

Missionaries get extended time with refugees as resettlement is delayed

Many Central Asian refugees found themselves grounded in one country on the refugee highway, routes often traveled by refugees crossing country borders, in 2015 and 2016 and the grounding continues due to the pandemic. This is the longest missionaries William and Darlene King*, who serve with the International Mission Board, have had with refugees whose journey on the refugee highway is somewhat of a modern-day telling of Homer’s Odyssey.

Christians understand costly realities of following Jesus

Ramsey* didn’t want to take his own life. Instead, he accepted missions that put him in harm’s way. Years later, after he became a Christian, Ramsey still doesn’t want to take his own life, but is willing to lay down his life for the sake of Christ and accepted a mission that puts him in harm’s way.

Nashville native ministers to refugees next door and abroad

NASHVILLE (BP) – Meeting a refugee at a community center helped set the trajectory on which Evie Tucker* finds herself today, working among Middle Eastern refugees in a community center overseas.  

IMB joins Japanese Christians for Olympics outreach, despite reduced crowds

Every four years, athletes and spectators descend on the cities hosting the Olympic games. Historically, volunteer teams from U.S. churches have also journeyed to the Olympics and played active roles in both the Summer and Winter Olympics ministry strategies of IMB missionaries and national partners. 

Christians count the cost and carry their cross

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series on global persecution, leading churches to pray for the persecuted church. The Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church will be observed on Sunday, June 6. Adam*, a national believer, knew death was coming. He told Jonathan*, an International Mission Board worker, he would be killed. […]

IMB introduces Church Connections

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – What would happen if the more than 47,000 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention were directly connected to International Mission Board missionaries and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission?