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IMB, Barna Group discuss engagement of next generation in global missions

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – The International Mission Board joined with Barna Group for an online workshop titled The Future of Missions. The workshop, hosted virtually on Wednesday (Sept. 2), included IMB President Paul Chitwood, IMB staff and Barna Group representatives. Nearly 1,000 people joined the online event from around the world.

Single missionary gets unexpected family

THAILAND (BP) -- The words weren't easy for Angela to hear: "If you go back as a single career missionary, you probably will never get married." She understood that her adviser wanted her to consider the sacrifice she might have to make by committing to long-term missions. A one-way ticket to another country could greatly decrease her chances of meeting a husband and having a family.

IMB urges caution while encouraging sustained commitment to missions

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board senior leaders are urging Southern Baptists to use extreme caution if they are considering overseas missions travel for the remainder of 2020. As many countries continue to require quarantines or have not yet opened their borders, travelers could face unexpected circumstances, including quarantines upon re-entering the U.S. The future threat and spread of COVID-19 also remains an unknown factor.

IMB workers see Light break through Scotland’s gray skies

GLASGOW, Scotland (BP) -- Patrick and Erin Schwartz have had to get used to the darkness that often clouds Scotland's beauty. According to the World Weather Information Service, Scotland has only around 100 days of sunshine each year. That leaves most days rainy or cloudy. Patrick says their family has missed the sunshine they enjoyed in New England, but after a few months back in the U.S. on a stateside assignment, they are ready to return to Glasgow this spring. Having lived there for three years, it now feels like home.

Myanmar believers host Christmas events to share the Gospel

SOUTH THAILAND (BP) -- This month, Myanmar believers in South Thailand are hard at work. They are few in number compared to many churches, but their dedication to share the Gospel story this season is unwavering. Three small churches, planted to reach factory workers, band together in December to share the Christmas story through music, drama, food and fellowship. This will be their third year to produce the outreach events.

Short-term missions leads to long-term commitment

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- life changes they are facing. They discuss holiday plans, an upcoming family wedding and the Sundays that they will have left with their home church. The weeks ahead will inevitably go by quickly. The mild Southern winters of their upbringing will be exchanged for the bitter cold of Eastern Europe in January.

Church gets creative with ‘Lattes for Lottie’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- If you're heading to Mount Harmony Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., you don't need to stop at a fancy coffee shop on your way to church. Multi-flavored coffees and lattes will be ready for you when you arrive, served by smiling baristas. Donations at the coffee counter raise money for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, but also raise awareness about the offering's namesake. "I didn't just want it to be a table with people coming up to give money and get a latte," says Emily Sheddan, who started "Lattes for Lottie" in her church in 2017. "It was on my heart to get them involved and really know who Lottie was."

IMB worker Andy Leininger dies at 56

RICHMOND (BP) -- Andrew (Andy) N. Leininger, who served as a Christian worker in the former Soviet Union for 22 years, died in his home state of Missouri on October 13, 2019. He was 56. In November 2016, Leininger was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive cancer that caused a brain tumor. In the months that followed, he had multiple surgeries and treatments. On October 12, 2019, his wife Elizabeth shared an update on Facebook that Leininger had moved to Hospice care. On October 13, she wrote, "Andy is in Glory with our precious Savior."

Missions ideas flow from Diana Davis & Autumn Wall

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- Long before most people were aware of Diana Davis' "fresh ideas," her daughter witnessed her mom's imagination and creative spark. "Her creativity is what has always made life in our family so much fun!" Autumn Wall said, recalling how her mother was always starting something new or turning an ordinary day into something adventuresome. "For our family, she constantly used her creative ideas to help us understand that serving God is an adventure," Autumn said via email.