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ANÁLISIS: Los sembradores de iglesias en Venezuela ven la oportunidad en medio de la crisis

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (BP) -- Mientras deambulaba por un mercado de artesanías en Bogotá, Colombia, comencé a conversar con un vendedor que me preguntó por qué estaba visitando su país. Acababa de regresar de una visita de cuatro días a Cúcuta, una comunidad en la frontera de Colombia con Venezuela donde fui testigo del triste peregrinaje de miles de personas que abandonaban Venezuela debido a la desesperación y el hambre. Cuando le dije lo anterior, su cara se convirtió en una máscara de aflicción. "Es horrible lo que está pasando," dijo, "Son nuestros hermanos."

ANALYSIS: Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisis

BOGOTA, Colombia (BP) -- As I meandered through a craft market in Bogota, Colombia, I struck up a conversation with a vendor who asked why I was visiting his country. I had just returned from four days in Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border town where I witnessed the sad pilgrimage of thousands of people leaving Venezuela out of desperation and hunger. When I shared that with him, his face contorted into a mask of grief. "It is so horrible what is happening," he said, "They are our brothers."

At Origins, millennials take stock of their lives

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- An old cigar warehouse that has stood sentry over Greenville's Main Street for 150 years is now part of the emerging millennial mecca in this town of 70,000. The warehouse's rustic and historic atmosphere, paired with the newly polished wood floors and recessed lighting, make it the perfect place for the newest church plant in "the 29601" -- Greenville's downtown -- relaying the old, old story of the Gospel in a language understood by modern young professionals flocking to this South Carolina city.

Unchurched adults reached through VBS

RIVERTON, Wyo. (BP) -- Eighty-three kids coming to Vacation Bible School at United Baptist Church this year was not the highlight -- the pastor noted the real victory was the 42 adults that came on family night, 28 of whom had never been to a church before. "Our VBS doesn't focus on children or youth, but on family ministry," Dean Whitaker, pastor of United Baptist in Riverton, ...

Turning to Christ, teen heals from anger & abuse

LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) -- Seventeen-year-old Justin Spencer was with a team of Texas Baptists when an unexpected thing happened. Standing on the front porch of a house in Chalmettte, La., listening as his teammate Hailey gave a Gospel presentation, his heart quickened. When Hailey asked the resident if he wanted to pray to receive Christ, he said no. But Justin said yes.

Summer-Long VBS Results in Fifty Baptisms in Hawaii

At Lihue Baptist Church, Vacation Bible School is not just a crazy, hectic week marking the busiest days of summer, but the touchstone of their evangelism efforts on the island of Kauai.

Unchurched Adults Reached through VBS

United Baptist Church's VBS is effective as a "harvest event" because of faithful ministry the rest of the year.

Perfectionist in Vermont finds grace in Christ

BARRE, Vt. (BP) -- When pastor Matt Dunavant and his wife Stacey came to Faith Community Church in Vermont, they made sure "connect cards" were placed in the pews so attendees could request more information about being a Jesus-follower. Those cards helped change Barbara Petrie's life.

Bosnian immigrant finds more than American dream

SHREVEPORT, La (BP) -- Warmth enveloped Jasmine when she came up from the baptismal waters at Broadmoor Baptist Church. "Everything was warm around me and I was feeling happiness and like finally I'm complete," she said. "I can say it now aloud.... 'That's me, that's what I am, I am Baptist.'"

New breed of missions afoot in Europe

REHE, Germany (BP) — It’s taking a different breed of outreach to engage people in secular Europe these days. Many Journeymen — recent college graduates serving as short-term IMB missionaries — have found creative ways to rub shoulders with people, develop relationships and have spiritual conversations. Kim works with artists in Paris, Jeremy has joined […]