BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- It was an hour of laughter and tears as the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) Send Luncheon celebrated the complex and rewarding journey of life in ministry. "We just want to say thank you for all that you do and how you lead your churches," said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, to a sold-out crowd of more than 3,700 pastors and their families. The event was held June 10 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in conjunction with this week's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.
DALLAS (BP) -- One year ago, Hurricane Harvey had yet to appear on radar. One year ago, very few people had heard of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. "A lot can happen in a year" was the theme of the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) 2018 Send Luncheon. Held during the SBC Pastors' Conference, NAMB aimed to bless pastors with stories of faith, hope and redemption -- and a dose of humor. The capacity-crowd event overflowed from the main room into a live simulcast location as NAMB President Kevin Ezell hosted the luncheon and turned the crowd's attention to everyday Southern Baptist pastors faithfully serving their congregations and communities.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "So, what are you doing about it now?" my pastor asked when I told him God had called me to foster care. One question -- eight words -- changed my life forever. I've known for a long time that's what God called me to do, but I thought it was a someday sort of calling -- a calling with prerequisites. I made the naïve assumption that this was the kind of ministry you could only do if you were married.
Church planting is the responsibility of every Southern Baptist church, and that responsibility begins with prayer. That was the message delivered by Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) at the SBC on Wednesday (June 15).
COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- "Do you feel safe in our home?" Kathy Langston asked her husband, Navy Chaplain Mike Langston. "No, I don't," he replied. It was four years after his last tour of duty. Theirs was a family that understood deployment. Mike had been gone a total of nine and a half years during the course of their marriage.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Since 2001, Appalachian Regional Ministries, a ministry of the North American Mission Board, has collected and distributed more than 140,000 Christmas backpacks and boxes filled with toys, clothing, school supplies, food and hygiene items and a Bible. As the ministry has expanded over the years, backpacks were distributed in the 2015 outreach to more than 46,000 children affected by poverty in Appalachia as well as the Mississippi Delta and beyond.
MAGOG, Quebec (BP) -- By the numbers, the launch of Église 21 was a resounding success. In addition to the launch team of 80, 150 guests from the community attended the church's first official service. But the true success of the launch service can't be fully conveyed with numbers. Each of those 150 lives had a different story. Some were invited to the Sept. 27 service by friends.
MORIARTY, N.M. (BP) -- La mayoría de los niños en edad escolar, anticipa los fines de semana por ser un tiempo de diversión y libertad. Pero algunos, anticipan otra cosa: pasarán hambre. Estos niños viven en un ciclo de sobrevivencia, haciendo viajes múltiples a través de la fila de la cafetería de la escuela -- comiendo mucho en el almuerzo del viernes y recobrándose hasta el desayuno del lunes -- para compensar por la alimentación que escasea (o incluso no está disponible) en el fin de semana.
MORIARTY, N.M. (BP) -- For most school-age children, weekends are a highly anticipated time of fun and freedom. But for others, there's another expectation -- hunger. These kids live in a survival cycle, taking multiple trips through the cafeteria line at school -- stocking up at lunch on Friday and catching up at breakfast on Monday -- to compensate for the food that is in short supply (or even unavailable) on the days in between.
LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Pastor Vance Pitman plans to utilize his church planting experience as he begins working with the North American Mission Board to engage and mobilize pastors to plant more churches. Fifteen years ago, Pitman and his family were sent out by First Baptist Woodstock in Georgia as church planting missionaries with NAMB. They moved to Las Vegas, and they never left. In his new role as NAMB's national mobilizer, Pitman will continue to pastor the church he planted a decade and a half ago -- Hope Church.