Leslie Peacock Caldwell

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Good news emphasized, while lostness remains central to IMB report

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood began IMB’s report to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting with recent good news from the mission field. He recounted a message he received the previous night from a pastor whose daughter serves overseas. Chitwood shared that three Muslim women had accepted Christ as Savior. These salvations were the first the IMB missionary team had seen among this people group.

Lifetimes of kingdom impact recognized at IMB emeriti event

Collectively, they speak more than 40 languages and numerous local and tribal dialects. Many endured persecution, war, tribal conflict and loss of property. Several had their homes burned. More than one was imprisoned. Grave markers overseas name friends and family, even children, lost while serving for the sake of the gospel. They understand sacrifice. They […]

IMB trustees appoint 56 missionaries, celebrate with missionary emeriti

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees approved 56 new fully funded missionaries for appointment during their May 18-19 meeting in Orlando. The meeting was conducted in conjunction with the Celebration of Emeriti event held every five years to recognize retiring missionaries who have completed their service with the IMB.

Eternity secure for new Ukrainian believer

The October 2021 day in Ukraine was cold, though the sun was shining brightly. Ludmila, bundled in her coat with a scarf wrapped around her head, walked to a small church in her village. She had heard from a friend that the church was hosting a medical clinic. The long conflict with Russia had left her village with no access to medical care. This would be her only hope to see a doctor. Plus, she heard that there was no cost – inconceivable to her.

Healthcare team reaches war-torn region with more than medicine

Down Ukrainian roads, cloaked in the golden hues of the vibrant but short-lived autumn, comes help and hope. A caravan of cars following a yellow panel van borrowed from a church carries suitcases and plastic tubs filled with medical supplies. A mission team, including healthcare professionals from both Ukraine and the U.S., prepares each day […]

Baptists respond with compassion, prayer and peacemaking to Nigerian conflicts

Nigeria is increasingly in the news, and not for its tourist attractions. Headlines amplify the spiral of hatred, civil unrest, violence, kidnapping and destruction that is “spinning out of control” in many parts of the African nation, according to some observers. IMB missionaries serving in West Africa are aware of how complicated the news-making situations […]

LMCO total exceeds goal, reflects commitment to be a Great Commission people

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – As the International Mission Board closes the 2020-21 financial books, it expects to report a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering total of $177.6 million.

Baby bottle mix-up leads pastor to missionary connection

GAHANNA, Ohio – Wally Contreras had a passion for missions before he became a pastor in January 2020. Having previously served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, he lived overseas for six years in Europe and Central Asia – cross-cultural experiences that helped shape his love for the nations.

IMB panel emphasizes Southern Baptists’ involvement in past, present and future of missions

NASHVILLE (BP) – Directly following the IMB report on Tuesday, June 15, at the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting, IMB President Paul Chitwood hosted a panel discussion featuring global highlights of God’s work through IMB around the world.

‘Together, we press toward the vision,’ Chitwood assures Southern Baptists

NASHVILLE (BP) – During a global season that crippled businesses, closed borders and devastated families, God was powerfully moving, IMB President Paul Chitwood reported to the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting on Tuesday (June 15).