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Iglesia decreciente se transforma en cuatro nuevas congregaciones

HIGH POINT, N.C. (BP) -- La Iglesia Bautista Albertson Road fue antes una congregación fuerte, que atraía a miembros del sur de High Point a su edificio localizado no muy lejos de U.S. 29. Sin embargo, en años recientes, la iglesia se debilitó cuando las fábricas locales cerraron. Muchos residentes blancos se fueron y muchos hispanos y asiáticos llegaron. "Queríamos llegar a ellos pero no hablábamos español," recordó Debbie Ford, miembro de la iglesia de North Carolina durante 30 años.

Declining church morphs into 4 new congregations

HIGH POINT, N.C. (BP) -- Albertson Road Baptist Church was once a strong congregation, drawing members from around south High Point to its building, located not far off U.S. 29. But in more recent years, the church was ailing as local factories closed. Many white residents moved away and many Hispanics and Asians moved in. "We wanted to reach them but we didn't speak Spanish," recalled Debbie Ford, an member of the North Carolina church for about 30 years.

NASCAR church answer to pastor’s prayers

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- You don't have to like NASCAR to be part of Mission City Church. But for now, it appears to help. That's because the new church plant meets in the famous Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, N.C., just north of Charlotte.

Named for W. Carey, church is strong on CP

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cooperative Program Sunday will be April 22 in the Southern Baptist Convention. HENDERSON, N.C. (BP) — Much of Al James’ life connects with missions history. James is pastor of Carey Baptist Church near Henderson, N.C., named for William Carey (1761-1834), the famous English missionary. Carey’s preaching and writing through his trailblazing career in […]

Irene recovery in N.C. gears up

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina Baptist Men distributed more than 12,000 meals a day from their food preparation unit Manna One in Williamston the week following the Hurricane Irene's landfall, part of a wider response helping people across coastal North Carolina in their recovery.

In Zimbabwe, orphans enjoy rare presents

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (BP)–The orphan girls stood silently as the brown paper parcels were opened, their eyes widening as they began to think maybe this was something for them. They squealed with delight when colorful new dresses were handed to them to try on. A new dress is a remarkable and precious thing in this impoverished […]

30-year Southern Baptist physician is advocate for the unreached across India

BANGALORE, India (BP)--Ask people around Bangalore, India, what a Christian looks like and many would describe Rebekah Naylor, the Southern Baptist missionary surgeon who has labored at the Bangalore Baptist Hospital for the past 30 years.
      Some have seen Naylor as the cool, precise medical doctor who has performed countless surgeries and other medical procedures over the years to save lives, deliver babies and relieve suffering for thousands of people.
      Others, meanwhile, know of her soft-spoken but persistent sharing of the Gospel, her training and encouragement of Indian Baptists in how to witness and plant churches. In this role she has helped bring eternal life to thousands of people and relieved the spiritual suffering experienced by many here.

A Doctor’s Care For Body and Soul

Ask people around Bangalore, India, what a Christian looks like and many would describe Dr. Rebekah Naylor, the Southern Baptist missionary surgeon who has labored at Bangalore Baptist Hospital for the past thirty years. Some have seen Dr. Naylor, the cool, precise, professional medical doctor who has performed countless surgeries and other medical procedures. She […]

In Germany, M-Fuge youth tackle barriers to share Gospel

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Interceding along the Rhine
M-Fuge International participants Abbey Cripe, left, and Mandy Moench prayer-walk in a park along the Rhine River in Cologne, with the German city’s landmark cathedral spires in the background. Cripe, 18, is a member of New Covenant Community Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Tavares, Fla.; Moench, 16, is the daughter of Southern Baptist missionaries serving in Europe. Photo by Mike Creswell
COLOGNE, Germany (BP)--Most high school and college kids who visit Cologne come to see the sights and have a good time in this sprawling city on the Rhine River.
      But 75 high school and college students from five U.S. states who took part in M-Fuge International July 5-12 had a higher aim: Learning how to lead people to Christ in the German city
      Sponsored jointly by LifeWay Christian Resources and Southern Baptists' International Mission Board, the weeklong experience was led by both LifeWay personnel from America and Southern Baptist missionaries from several countries.
      In sort of crash course in international missions -- a dive-in-and-get-it-done approach to sharing the Gospel with people despite language and cultural barriers –- the M-Fuge youth were bolstered by Bible studies and worship and trained in prayer-walking before venturing out to the streets, parks and shopping centers across Cologne to share their faith with people who, at first, would be total strangers.

Students’ obedience yields witness opportunities in Cologne

COLOGNE, Germany (BP)--Is this a great idea or what? Get 75 Christian students excited about their faith and give them some tips on how to witness.