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FIRST-PERSON: Bad news & eternity

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--We have always thought of the Gospel as good news. In fact, the Greek word evangelion, which is translated "Gospel," literally means "good news."

Rankin: ‘It is time to press forward’

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--While my life is one driven by vision and a constant focus on the future and what could be, when I pause to reflect on the past I realize life's journey is marked by a sequence of transitions.

When is the last time you lived with urgency?

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--We live amid a constant stream of e-mails, phone calls and blogs, but how often do we really live with purposeful urgency?

Misiones: Requieren de mucha fe

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Los misioneros que levantan su propio sostenimiento son a veces llamado misioneros de "fe," en contraste con aquellos que son enviados por entidades denominacionales tales como la Junta de Misiones Internacionales, la cual provee sostenimiento y beneficios.

Missions: It takes a lot of faith

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Missionaries who raise their own support are often called "faith" missionaries in contrast with those sent out by denominational entities.

Supporting Missions: It Takes a Lot of Faith

Missionaries who raise their own support are often called "faith" missionaries in contrast with those sent out by denominational agencies such as the International Mission Board (IMB), which provides support and benefits. However, the IMB does not generate income to support the more than 5,300 missionaries overseas receiving financial support. We are totally dependent on […]

Telling the Story of Jesus in the Former Soviet Union

I grew up during the Cold War era, when political tensions between the United States and the former Soviet Union dominated global diplomacy. Missile silos and bomb shelters reflected the paranoia of a massive military conflict between the communist bloc and the free world. I remember praying for people behind the Iron Curtain, isolated and […]

FIRST-PERSON: Why we give

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--I will never forget the horrible realization three years ago: We would have to defer missionary appointments due to lack of financial resources. After all, we are a missionary-sending entity in the world’s largest evangelical denomination with unlimited potential resources.

Giving to Reach the World

I will never forget the horrible realization three years ago: we would have to defer missionary appointments due to lack of financial resources. After all, we are a missionary-sending agency of the largest evangelical denomination in the world with unlimited potential resources. Each of the previous two years more than one thousand new missionaries had […]

FIRST-PERSON: A new breed of missionaries

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Historians identify William Carey’s departure for India in 1793 as launching the modern missionary movement. But most would acknowledge that more has been accomplished in global missions following World War II than in the previous 150 years.