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18-29? Here’s ‘Hands On’ missions

WEST AFRICA (BP)--Daniel Ruiz, 21, wanted a challenge, so he thought he'd try the Sahara Desert.       Despite the heat and harsh climate, he immersed himself in learning the Fulani culture and language so he could share the love of Jesus overseas for two months.

Missionaries look beyond home invasion

BENIN, West Africa (BP)–Bob and Becky Couts have served as International Mission Board missionaries in Benin for 33 years. They’ve experienced sickness, the joy of new believers and the sadness of seeing people reject Christ, but the night of June 25 they were confronted with a situation like no other they had experienced -– home […]

Farmer in West Africa draws encouragement from collegians

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Arkansas volunteer Brian Matlock helps John Pierre, a new believer in West Africa, weed his garden. Volunteer team members spent seven days weeding peanut and cotton fields getting them ready for the rainy season.
SENEGAL, West Africa (BP)--Passersby called out every few minutes, wishing a good day to the American college students working in the West African field.
      Sometimes the people stopped to help. Knowing the work needed to be completed before the rains came, they took the hoes from the American volunteers and weeded the rest of the row.
      “It is very humbling how dependent they are on the land,” said Brian Matlock, director of the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. “We never have had to be dependent on the rain -– we always have food at the grocery store.”

Well digging opens door for Gospel in African country

BURKINA FASO, West Africa (BP)--After a long day of traveling, just the promise of refreshing water from the old, green wheel-crank well was worth the effort.

Visit from Baptists a ‘tremendous asset’ in reaching W. Africans

BURKINA FASO, West Africa (BP)--Willie McLaurin and others from the Tennessee Baptist Convention expected their trip to Burkina Faso to have an impact on the Wala people they were praying for. But they weren’t prepared for how it would change them.

Lottie Moon legacy: decades of missions to a lost world

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Powerful pen
China missionary Lottie Moon -- the consummate missions recruiter from more than a century ago -- spent a great deal of time writing Southern Baptists back home, including Foreign Mission Board presidents, to send fresh recruits to the field. Click to enlarge. Photo courtesy of IMB
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--One woman saw a need -- a need for more missionaries and more resources to reach the lost for Christ. Because of her urgent desire to tell all of China about Jesus Christ, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering had its beginnings over a century ago. Today, thousands of missionaries depend on Southern Baptists' gifts to continue sharing God's love worldwide.
      The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering was named after Charlotte Diggs Moon, born Dec. 12, 1840, legendary missionary to China who wrote hundreds of letters encouraging others in the United States to become missionaries. She pleaded for more personnel, more money and better training and support for missionaries.

‘Voices of Faithful’ tops charts as fastest-selling Christian book

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--More than 140,000 copies of Beth Moore’s new devotional book “Voices of the Faithful” have sold nationwide since its release Aug. 2. The book shot up the bestsellers list and stayed in the top five for at least two months in Christian Retailing and was first on the list for at least two weeks.

Assisted by tsunami aid, volunteers in Asia continue ministry

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Workers and volunteers laboring to meet the immediate needs of people affected by the tsunami that hit South Asia and the Pacific Rim last December have utilized more than half of the $16.8 million given to the International Mission Board in response to the disaster.

3 natural disasters prompt Baptist aid in Central America

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Three natural disasters -– a hurricane, volcanic eruption and earthquake -- delivered blows within a matter of days to the people of Guatemala, El Salvador and surrounding areas in Central America.

Southern Baptists intercede for Muslims during Ramadan

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims all around the world. This year from Oct. 5 to Nov. 3, many Muslims are fasting from sunrise to sunset and gathering in the evenings to eat and celebrate the holiday with family.