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Missions commitment links Ukrainian refugees with Illinois church

O'FALLON, Ill. (BP) -- Donn and Joni Schaefer have organized 10 mission trips to Russia 1since 2008. They taught English in Siberia as a way to open discussions about the Gospel. But when the invasion of Ukraine shut down trips into Russia for Americans, the Schaefers looked for other avenues to use their unique skills.

Amid sorrow of queen’s death, Southern Baptist in London shares Gospel

LONDON (BP) – She was crowned "defender of the faith and supreme governor of the church of England," but Queen Elizabeth II’s public ownership of her faith extended beyond the official descriptor.

Arkansas couple work to provide housing, community for stateside missionaries

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (BP) – Mike and Susan Phillips have a long history of involvement in missions. Through years of local and international mission trips, the couple has built friendships with many of the missionaries they have met. They learned that often these families struggled with finding housing when they came back to the United States for an extended stay.

FIRST-PERSON: “Adventure bro”? Actually, hero—the true story of John Chau

John Chau’s murder by tribesmen on North Sentinel Island in 2018 drew worldwide media attention, most of it critical if not downright mocking. The young Christian missionary was called a fool, a colonialist and an adventure bro. He was mocked in memes and ridiculed by comedians for cheap laughs.

‘Living inside the cage’: Afghanistan tops Christian persecution list

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The Christian refugee hopped on one of the last flights out of Afghanistan to save his life and family. Since the Taliban regained rule there, Christians are hunted down and killed.

Historic commitment signed to send missionaries from Asia to Africa

On Oct. 29 in Kenya, IMB missionaries serving in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Asian Pacific Rim signed a memorandum of understanding solidifying the sending of missionaries from Asia to serve in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For Christians left in Afghanistan, extreme secrecy only option

AFGHANISTAN (BP) – Christian minorities in Afghanistan are either fleeing the country or hunkering down to live in greater secrecy as the Taliban government there draws support from the global community, International Christian Concern (ICC) told Baptist Press.

North Carolina bakery whips up mission opportunities

WENDELL, N.C. (BP) -- Church bake sales are a common way to raise funds for missions and ministry projects. But Melanie Wallace and Rita Bragg from Hephzibah Baptist Church in Wendell are discovering what happens when a missions fundraiser meets uncommon success.

Haitian turmoil increases hunger for Gospel, Christian workers say

THOMAZEAU, Haiti (BP) -- Near anarchy in Haiti surrounding the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse has escalated the risk of starvation but has also increased a hunger for the Gospel in some areas, according to Christian workers in the country.

Theological training – How it’s leading to church growth in West Africa

TOGO, West Africa (BP) -- "How do we become a healthy, biblical church?" That was the question two Togolese men had for IMB missionary Trevor Yoakum.