Jul 24, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (BP)—It’s 5 a.m. on a Saturday and while most of the town of Vueltas is still asleep, pastor José Enrique Pérez is prepping for what promises to be a long day. Fourteen hours to be exact. Just like every Saturday. That’s the reality of church planting in Cuba.
Pérez is joined by a dedicated team of self-described missionaries from his congregation, Bethel Baptist Church. More than 50 Christians pour their lives into the dozens of small towns and villages surrounding Vueltas where there is little or no Gospel witness. The missionaries’ goal is straightforward: make disciples and gather them into house churches.
Jul 8, 2014
CANAAN, HAITI (FBW)—She was perfectly still, laying on a yellow blanket. Some of the fourth graders looked on; others continued with their studies. The little girl at the blackboard paused with her lesson. The school’s director kept trying, but he could not move her. She was perfectly still.
Jun 19, 2014
NEW YORK (BP)—Oklahoma Disaster Relief director Sam Porter spent an emotional day at the National September 11 Memorial Museum during a special preview of the facility in New York City.
National disaster relief leaders with the North American Mission Board asked Porter to represent the Southern Baptist Convention at the by-invitation-only event on May 19. The museum officially opened May 21 to the public.
Jun 12, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)—The majestic brick church with stained glass windows towers above a dilapidated neighborhood. This is a seedy section of Louisville where drug deals go down daily, prostitutes line the streets and murders are routine. Boarded-up houses, broken glass and graffiti dot the streets in every direction.
But Sojourn Community Church is a beacon of hope for the neighborhood. Sojourn, which began as a church plant 13 years ago, decided to make a permanent home in an area where many fear to tread. Not only is the church a part of the neighborhood but the pastor and many of the members live here as well.
May 29, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—Using the symbolism of a torch and flags of many nations, the 120th annual meeting of the Florida Woman’s Missionary Union convened April 24-26 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center to reaffirm the organization’s 120-years of commitment to missions’ education, prayer and financial support of sharing the “torch light” of the gospel around the world.
The torch, carried into the Friday morning general session by Cindy Goodwin, team strategist, Women’s Missions and Ministries/Missions Education team, Florida Baptist Convention, represented the “passing of responsibility” for missions’ education and support to the next generation of Florida Baptists, explained State WMU President Anna Guy.
May 28, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—During this summer 106 Florida Baptist college students will spend their summer vacations serving in ways to advance God’s Kingdom when they travel to 13 countries and throughout the state of Florida as student summer missionaries.
The students are enlisted and equipped for their long and short-term mission trip through their Baptist Campus Ministries, which challenges them to explore avenues for sharing the Gospel. As a result of the experiences, many of them will hear God calling them into full-time Christian ministry and as overseas missionaries.
May 22, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)—“The Jesus Film,” released in 1979, has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “most translated film” in history, having been written in more than 1,200 languages.
Celebrating the film’s 35th anniversary, Cinedigm and Mission Home Video have added a new musical score and digitally remastered the production frame by frame for DVD and Blu-ray.
Apr 8, 2014
MACOMB, Mich. (BP)–Scott Blanchard is familiar with all the public perceptions of Detroit and its surrounding area: Metro Detroit is dying. No one wants to live in the city. The Church can’t survive—much less thrive in the Motor City.
Apr 8, 2014
NEW YORK (BP)–High school student Shamar Smith has been attending Graffiti 2 Community Ministries’ after-school program for years. Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, Shamar is no stranger to the lifestyle and perils that mark the lives of many in the neighborhood; his own brother is already serving out a sentence on Rikers Island, New York’s primary jail complex. Had he not found his safe haven at Graffiti 2, Shamar knows his path might have looked the same.
Mar 24, 2014
LENNOXVILLE, QC (BP)—Canadians easily dismiss Christianity—especially in Quebec. The history of mistrust is woven deep within the fabric of Québécois culture—a culture that’s decidedly Catholic and, at the same time, increasingly secular.