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IMB fights cruel realities with focus on cities

In 2020, 4.3 billion people lived in cities – that’s 56 percent of the global population. By 2050, it is estimated more than 2 billion people will be added to that number.

Young adult becomes first known believer in Southeast Asian people group

When an individual from an unengaged, unreached people group comes to faith, many rejoice: the missionaries who’ve dedicated their lives to reaching the people group, the believers and churches in the United States who’ve spent time praying for and investing resources in the people, the national believers and churches who have been instrumental in gaining access to and reaching the people, and even the angels in heaven (Luke 15:10).

Prestonwood’s $1M gift to fund new IMB work among Muslim people groups

PLANO (BP) – During a worship service Sunday (Aug. 1), Prestonwood Baptist Church gifted the International Mission Board $1 million toward the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. The entire donation will go toward new mission work overseas.

New strategies emerge as Japanese churches face future without pastors

TOKYO (BP) – Japan’s population is aging. Almost 30 percent of its population is 65 years old and older. This statistic is affecting church planting, church health and church growth. International Mission Board missionaries and Japanese Christians must answer the question, “Who will lead the next generation of believers?”

Missions education pays off for fifth and sixth graders with IMB tour

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Staff of the International Mission Board showed their enthusiasm while hosting a group of fifth and sixth graders from Southern Hills Baptist Church of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

South Asian believer sacrifices for persecutor

For believers in South Asia, persecution comes in many forms. Often, professing faith in Christ can affect their standing within their communities and their ability to secure a means of providing for their families.

Riding the rails at 50 mph, IMB missionaries circle the city in prayer

TOKYO (BP) -- Have you ever been to a prayer meeting that went 50 miles an hour? International Mission Board missionaries in Japan go to one every Tuesday morning.

Manga, cosplay and Olympic trading pins all provide bridge to the Gospel

The Japanese comics, costume play and popular trading pins were all used to share the Gospel this weekend near Shibuya Crossing, a pedestrian crosswalk where as many as 3,000 people cross at one time.

FIRST-PERSON: Getting to the Edge of Lostness

More than 7,200 people groups remain unreached and more than 3,100 are yet to be engaged with the gospel. Every single day 155,473 people die lost around the world.

Japanese hunger for hope on the horizon

With the eyes of the world on Japan during the Olympics, the nation is still in the throes of the states of emergency. However, hope is on the horizon in the country known as the land of the rising sun.