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Even during pandemic, Southern Baptist churches have much to be grateful for

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (BP) – Dusty Marshall has only served as pastor of New Life Baptist Fellowship for about 11 months. But it has been a wild 11 months.

Churches follow safety protocols for Thanksgiving outreach

HENSLEY, Ark. (BP) – Over the next week, many Southern Baptist churches nationwide will participate in one of the most timeless of church traditions – sharing a Thanksgiving meal. But with the country in the grip of a once-in-a-century pandemic, many of these churches are changing their plans to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Southern Baptists partner with USDA to provide food to families in need

WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Lakota Hills Baptist Church in West Chester, Ohio, has ministered in its community ever since COVID-19 arrived in the spring. They’ve met needs and shared the Gospel with their neighbors.

NAMB journeymen learn life-long missionary skills

SAN DIEGO (BP) -- One number will break the heart of anyone who cares about one of the most vulnerable populations in San Diego. According to North American Mission Board (NAMB) missionary Austin Blanton, 80 percent of the city's foster families decide to return children within the first four months. Many will never take part in foster care again. Blanton notes several reasons, from loneliness to the increased stress. Blanton and other local Southern Baptists, though, want to be a part of the solution.

Some camps going digital to reach students this summer

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- With many Baptist campgrounds throughout the United States announcing they won't host summer camps or will do so only on a limited basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches are looking for other high-impact options to reach and disciple students. Shane Pruitt, the North American Mission Board's executive director of next gen evangelism, says the complete loss of summer camps will hurt local church efforts to reach youth with the Gospel.

IMB, NAMB celebrate 175 years of helping Southern Baptists pursue the Great Commission

AUGUSTA, Ga. (BP) -- When 327 delegates met at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., on May 8, 1845, they did more than start a new convention of Baptist churches in the South. They began a missionary movement that would in time start new Gospel-proclaiming churches throughout North America and the world. On Friday, Southern Baptists celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of what became the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board -- and the corresponding Gospel movement they launched.

COVID-19 Opening Up Evangelism Opportunities for Texas Evangelist

As the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has spread, one Southern Baptist evangelist says it’s opening up tremendous opportunities to share the Gospel online.

Easter marks 40 years of changed lives at Saddleback Church

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) -- Lee and Cynthia Hensler had mostly left behind their religious background when they moved from New York to Southern California in the 1970s. They occasionally visited churches for Christmas and Easter. When friends invited them to join them for a service, they usually declined so they wouldn't hurt feelings when they didn't return the next week. But that changed when Lee and Cynthia had their first child, a daughter, in 1979.

Chaplains’ reach grows in Afghanistan during pandemic

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Like many other ministry leaders around the world, Dan Thompson has needed to make a number of adjustments to minister to the people he shepherds. When he counsels people, he sits six feet away. Worship services are limited to no more than 10 people in them at a time. Thompson's parishioners are facing two wars right now -- one against the COVID-19 pandemic and another against terrorism. And though the COVID-19 pandemic has forced changes in the way chaplains minister, Thompson has seen the Gospel's reach grow -- including a growing number of people listening to the New Testament on their very own "Bible stick."

Southern Baptist healthcare chaplains offer gospel hope in challenging times

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Talk to hospital chaplains for long about what they do, and they will eventually mention a regularly repeated phrase: "ministry of presence." It is the simple idea that the most important element of their work is to be present during the toughest moments. As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread worldwide, many hospital chaplains have needed to find new ways to provide a ministry of presence when families can no longer be with their loved ones in person.