December in Northern Africa, like a bracing wind, greeted a young couple, who were new Christian workers to the region in 2006. Having left everything they knew and having settled inside the task God had set before them, Ray and Sarah* embraced the culture. And to do so, they had to learn th…

December in Northern Africa, like a bracing wind, greeted a young couple, who were new Christian workers to the region in 2006. Having left everything they knew and having settled inside the task God had set before them, Ray and Sarah* embraced the culture. And to do so, they had to learn th…

EUROPE (IMB) - More than 125 people put their trust in Christ during a three-day mountain retreat in the Caucuses region of Europe. National church partners organized the weekend, with the help of some funding from Southern Baptists through SEND Relief.

PONCA CITY, Okla. (BP) – Being a good neighbor is a Jesus-directed way of life, according to Michael Taylor, citing Luke 10. Taylor, pastor of First Baptist Church, Ponca City, is leading his church to expand that concept in 2021.

AFRICA (IMB) - Benny is eight years old and lives with his missionary family in Sub-Saharan Africa. At school, Benny was given an assignment to tell about his community. His IMB family came to mind, and he drew this picture of a Christian telling a Muslim about God. A missionary friend wrote…

NASHVILLE (BP) — A task force studying the impact of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission on church participation in the Cooperative Program issued its report Feb. 1. It acknowledged support for the entity within among Southern Baptists and that some of them see it as “a source of s…

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WMU) – During the COVID-19 pandemic, National WMU adapted its ministry strategies, managed finances, supported missionaries, affirmed its mission and raised millions of dollars to support Southern Baptist missionaries and their work. Approximately 170 missions leaders, from…

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ABN) – Hebron Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, gave $18,684 to the 2020 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. The church has grown in financial generosity over the years. In 2011, it gave $883 to the offering. The last three years averaged $17,998.89.

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BNM) – A former Southern Baptist conference center is calling for volunteers and college-age individuals to volunteer or work during the center’s 2021 summer conference season. For each of the past four years, about 65,000 guests have visited Ridgecrest Conference Center’s …

NASHVILLE (BP) – A multi-ethnic group of Southern Baptist leaders described their meeting Wednesday, Jan. 6, as productive and trust-building, although they did not agree on all points. They said they were committed to fighting racism and to honoring “our common commitment to the inerrant Wo…

SAN FRANCISCO (BP) – Religious freedom advocates applauded a federal appeals court decision on Dec. 15 that blocked enforcement of Nevada’s pandemic-related restrictions. The restrictions treated various secular events and businesses “significantly better” than worship gatherings.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- LifeWay Christian Resources has finalized the sale of Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps to the Ridgecrest Foundation, a group reported as dedicated to using the property as a Christian camp and conference center.

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, which recently joined an amicus brief in a lawsuit involving the North American Mission Board, has issued an apology and explanation for the brief’s inaccurate description of Southern Baptist polity and church autonomy. Even aft…

RICHMOND, Va. (IMB) - The International Mission Board celebrated the appointment of 79 new missionaries in a virtual Sending Celebration streamed on Facebook and through the IMB: Advance the Kingdom app, Nov. 18. The missionaries, who were previously approved by IMB trustees, come from 21 st…

PERU (IMB) - A small group of men boarded a single-engine Cessna. After a little more than a two-hour flight, they landed on a small airstrip deep in the Amazon rainforest. From there they boarded a boat and settled in for the ride. Their destination, an isolated village of a tribe called th…

DURBAN, South Africa (IMB) - In a pitch-black room, David and Julie Yngsdal sat down to study the Bible with David and Zawadi, a refugee couple. The Yngsdals serve with the IMB among refugee communities in Durban, South Africa. 

SOUTH ASIA (IMB) - Twenty years is a long time. But, it took that long to establish a Gospel presence among a Muslim unreached people group of 10 million people in South Asia. Ministry among the people group stalled for a number of reasons. IMB workers attempted to move to the region but wer…

This year missionaries, just like church members, have faced unique challenges prompted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Even as the world strives to adapt to a “new normal,” Southern Baptist missionaries want to say a special word of thanks to everyone who has remembered missionaries, praye…

WASHINGTON (BP) - A new agenda proposed to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden by the country’s leading gay and transgender rights organization poses a serious threat to religious freedom, especially that of Christian colleges and universities, Southern Baptist leaders h…

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Baptist and Reflector) - A state convention leader publicly challenged the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for stating that Southern Baptists have a denominational hierarchy. The entity made the “hierarchy” statement in an amicus brief it filed in Au…

DALLAS (BNM) - A twenty-year-old partnership between a state convention and a Southern Baptist Convention entity helps retired pastors, denominational workers and their widows navigate financial challenges. As the COVID-19 crisis triggered insecurity and anxiety, many people have needed mone…

NASHVILLE (BP) – On Nov. 11, the Sexual Abuse Advisory Group and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission released their joint priorities for the next year in the effort to prevent sexual abuse and care for survivors. The document outlines the resources the partners will make available in…