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Christian workers share the Gospel with Cambodia’s Vietnamese population

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (BP)–Some have been in Cambodia for generations; others flow back and forth across the border on a regular basis. Vietnamese immigrants in Cambodia comprise a 1 million-strong “pocket of lostness.” Overall, Cambodia’s population is approximately 10 percent Vietnamese. A large portion of immigrants come as a result of economic migration, although some […]

God still at work, Jackson worshippers told

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--Beverly Absher was teaching a continuing studies class at Union University when a cell-phone caller told her a tornado was northeast of the campus. Her phone quit working as she rushed students into a Hammons Hall stairwell.

Evangelists lament Calvinism, SBC trends

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–A group of 15 evangelists meeting in Jackson, Tenn., Jan. 7-8 said they have concerns about the growth of Calvinism and the rise of a Willow Creek-style of non-confrontational evangelism within Southern Baptist churches. The conference was initiated by Jerry Drace, an evangelist from Humboldt, Tenn., who invited prominent evangelists from eight states […]

Evangelists reflect on culture, integrity

JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)–Cultural issues facing the church, as well as lack of integrity by some evangelists, are undermining the effectiveness of Southern Baptist evangelists, participants in a Jan. 7-8 evangelism summit in Jackson, Tenn., said. Jerry Drace of Humboldt, Tenn., called together 15 prominent Southern Baptist evangelists, representing more than 450 years of ministry, to […]

IMB trustees elect another VP, hear about tsunami projects

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Trustees of the International Mission Board unanimously elected a vice president for mobilization, learned projects aiding victims of the 2004 South Asia tsunami will be completed within 12 months and heard appeals from leaders for Southern Baptists to ramp up efforts to spread the Gospel around the world.

IMB trustees appoint 95 missionaries, elect officers, table doctrinal qualifications study; extend Burleson sanctions

ALBUQUERQUE (BP)--Trustees of the International Mission Board, meeting May 22-24 in Albuquerque, tabled a motion calling for a special task force to study doctrinal qualifications for missionary candidates, appointed 95 new missionaries and elected officers for 2006-07.

SBC missionaries agree to guidelines, will return to the field

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Southern Baptist missionaries Wyman and Michelle Dobbs will be allowed to return to their work in West Africa after telling the International Mission Board’s overseas leadership they are committed to following the IMB's five levels of partnership and planting indigenous Baptist churches.

Trustees at IMB meeting adopt new document concerning ‘public criticism,’ formalize new missionary selection process

TAMPA, Fla. (BP)--International Mission Board trustees formalized a new process for approving missionary candidates and adopted a formal document explaining trustee responsibilities and relationships during their meeting March 20-22 in Tampa, Fla. Trustees also passed a motion requesting new trustees to affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

IMB trustees rescind action to remove trustee, appoint 45 missionaries, predict record Lottie Moon offering

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Chairman’s report--Tom Hatley, trustee chairman of the International Mission Board, presents the chairman’s report during the board’s March 20-22 meeting in Tampa, Fla.
TAMPA, Fla. (BP)--Trustees of the International Mission Board, during their meeting in Tampa, Fla., March 20-22, overturned their action in January to recommend that the Southern Baptist Convention remove trustee Wade Burleson of Oklahoma.
      The decision, which was unanimous, rescinds the earlier vote asking convention messengers to remove Burleson during the SBC annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., in June.

IMB trustees focus on theological education, annual statistics

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--International Mission Board leaders reaffirmed their commitment to theological education overseas during the Jan. 9-11 board of trustees meeting in Richmond, Va., saying that discipleship and leadership training are essential to fulfilling the international missions task.