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California youth chips away at church’s Lottie Moon goal

REDLANDS, Calif. (BP) – Brody Brewer wanted to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in 2020, but he wasn’t sure how. As a 12-year-old boy, he had no source of steady income or a means to make money.

Southern Baptists prepare to send 33 missionaries in virtual celebration

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board celebrated the appointment of 33 missionaries being sent to the nations in a virtual Sending Celebration streamed Wednesday (Feb. 3) on imb.org, Facebook and through the IMB: Advance the Kingdom app. Approved by IMB trustees, the missionaries represent 12 states and will serve in eight of IMB’s nine affinities.

Journeyman finds identity in the Lord during two-year term

NORTHERN BRAZIL (BP) -- When she was 16, Haylee Belcher felt called to serve overseas. As she read through the Bible, specifically passages like the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), Haylee said she could not help but ask herself, "Where is God sending me?"

Faithful teaching leads to spiritual growth in Kenya

NAIROBI (BP) -- Christianity is prevalent in Kenya. More than 85 percent of Kenyans identify as Christian, according to the 2019 U.S. State Department's World Factbook. However, Daniel Lowry, an IMB missionary in Nairobi, says the majority of Christians in Kenya have a distorted view of Jesus and the Bible. In a post-colonized era, western practices have infiltrated and woven themselves into the fabric of Kenyan traditions and culture. One popularized idea that has seeped into the Kenyan religious culture is the prosperity gospel movement, Lowry said.

Southern Baptists gather in California to celebrate sending of 21 missionaries

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) -- Representing Southern Baptist churches throughout the United States, 21 International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries were publicly celebrated during a service at Magnolia Church in Riverside, Calif., Wednesday (Jan. 29). The missionaries were voted on and approved by IMB trustees earlier in the week in California. Jeff Iorg, Gateway Seminary president, delivered the message at the service, spurring the congregants and missionary appointees toward their missional responsibility.

Baptist work in Vietnam hits close to home for Oklahoma pastor

PONCA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- As French McLemore rode through the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, the last thing he expected to see was a sign for a Baptist church. Born in Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as it was once known, McLemore and his family lived there until two days before the fall of Saigon in 1975. McLemore's Vietnamese mother met his father, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, while his father served in Vietnam as a civilian contractor.

Physical healing leads to new believers in Lesotho

LESOTHO (BP) -- IMB missionary Teresa Flora is praising God today for physical and spiritual transformation in the life of a family in Southern Africa. Mosilisi, an 11-year-old girl, lives in a high mountain village in Lesotho. She is Basotho, and her people group remains unreached. She lives with her widowed mother, two school age siblings and her twin baby brothers. Teresa, who is a missionary nurse, met Mosilisi about four years ago when she held a clinic in a neighboring village. ...

Chinese government designates Lottie Moon’s church as historical site

PENGLAI, China (BP) -- The name, "Lottie Moon," is known by Southern Baptists far and wide. From the Woman's Missionary Union's Lottie Moon Christmas Offering to movies, books and documentaries detailing her life of service, Lottie Moon is often hailed as a "missionary hero." Lottie Moon's legacy will now be preserved beyond the Southern Baptist realm. Wulin Shenghui Church of Penglai in Shandong province, where Lottie Moon was a member during her time in Dengzhou, China, has been designated as a nationally protected historical and cultural site by The State Council of the People's Republic of China, the China Christian daily reported Nov.14.

Missionaries prepare to go; Oklahoma Baptists commit to sending more

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- During a missionary Sending Celebration held in conjunction with their 2019 Annual Meeting, hundreds of Oklahoma Baptists from across the state witnessed how their giving enables the International Mission Board to send missionaries around the globe. The IMB appointed 29 missionaries, voted on and approved by IMB trustees, at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City on Tuesday (Nov. 12). Paul Chitwood, IMB President, preached the message at the service, challenging and encouraging the missionaries and attendees to do the good work God has called them to.