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NAMB Trustees see Send Relief, Send Network gains in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — In late 2019 and early 2020, a series of earthquakes hit Puerto Rico on the island’s south side near the city of Ponce. Iglesia Bautista Misionera, pastored by Rubén Rodríguez, had just affiliated with Southern Baptists and was being relaunched with the help of Send Network Puerto Rico.

NAMB hosts multiethnic evangelism training event

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- A diverse group of more than 120 pastors, association leaders, state convention staff and other leaders within Southern Baptist life gathered at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in Alpharetta Friday, Nov. 10 for a multiethnic evangelism training event led by NAMB’s evangelism team. There were 45 different language or affinity groups represented at the meeting.

NAMB trustees celebrate record Annie Offering, meet Denver church planters

DENVER (BP) – Trustees with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) celebrated a new milestone in Annie Armstrong Easter Offering giving as they gathered for meetings in Denver on Oct. 2-3 and met several church planting missionaries who benefit directly from the offering.

Bounds, first woman to chair NAMB trustee board, has history of stepping out of comfort zone

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Erin Bounds was a 16-year-old at a Lifeway (then Baptist Sunday School Board) Centrifuge camp when she realized she was at a crossroads.

NAMB Trustees celebrate 10,000 new churches, visit Las Vegas missionaries

LAS VEGAS (BP) – Trustees for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) celebrated a milestone of more than 10,000 churches planted by Southern Baptists since 2010 as 745 church plants were added in 2022. They also saw first-hand the work of church planting and compassion ministry missionaries who are reaching people for Christ and meeting needs in Las Vegas, a city where life’s extremes are on display more openly than perhaps anywhere else in North America.

NAMB Trustees meet missionaries reaching Miami’s unique diversity

MIAMI (BP) – Against a backdrop of Miami’s vast diversity and vibrancy, trustees with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) met to celebrate church planters and other missionaries who are reaching a region whose residents are, in some areas, nearly 60 percent foreign born. Trustees also welcomed news that recently retired pastor Ken Whitten will head NAMB’s leadership ministry.

NAMB Trustees celebrate record-breaking Annie Offering, meet faces behind numbers

CHICAGO (BP) – North American Mission Board trustees meeting here Oct. 3-4 celebrated a new, all-time high total for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, visited with church-planting missionaries and celebrated salvation stories that motivate NAMB’s ministry efforts.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering hits all-time high as Southern Baptists give record $68.9 million

CHICAGO—Southern Baptists gave a record $68.9 million to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) in 2022, breaking the giving record for a second year in a row. Giving to the offering has exceeded records in five of the last six years.

Ian lashes Georgia, South Carolina as Baptist response efforts gear up in Florida

As Floridians continued to grapple with the magnitude of Hurricane Ian’s devastating blow to the state, South Carolina and Georgia coastal residents braced for the storm’s final strike Friday afternoon (Sept. 30). At 11 a.m. Eastern, the National Hurricane Center said Ian’s sustained winds were 85 mph making it a Category 1 storm, still powerful enough to topple trees and cause damage to manmade structures. Flooding is also a concern.

As Ian bears down on Florida, Southern Baptists prepare response

LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) – Hurricane Ian continued to strengthen Wednesday morning (Sept. 28) as it approached Florida’s Gulf Coast, threatening to bring catastrophic winds, rains and storm surge as it cuts a devastating path through the state. In an update issued at 10 a.m. Eastern Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said Ian’s sustained winds were at 155 mph, putting the storm just below the Category 5 threshold.