Dec 4, 2013
SAN PABLO TIJALTEPEC, Mexico (BP)—Renan, a 10-year-old boy in southern Mexico, isn’t an orphan. But in many ways, he might as well be.
It’s been more than three years since Renan’s parents, bound for the United States, left him in the care of his uncle in Mexico. It likely will be months or even years before he sees them again.
Dec 3, 2013
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (BP)—It’s like learning to swim by being pushed off the high dive—and Mason Barrett just got shoved. The 33-year-old real estate agent sits wide-eyed in a tiny, crowded living room in Madagascar’s capital city, trying desperately to understand what anyone around him is saying. Hands fly in a flurry of conversation, mostly get-to-know-you type questions: What’s your name? Are you married? Were you born deaf?
Nov 28, 2013
Believers who were willing to be totally obedient pointed him to the Savior.
For Abraham, it started at the university on a break from class. First, an International World Changers team asked him to participate in a spiritual survey. Then, short-term worker Yasmin Vila Limo followed up and found that Abraham was seeking the truth.
Nov 27, 2013
ASUNCION, Paraguay (BP)—When 23-year-old Steven Kunkel became a volunteer missionary to Japan, his mother gave him a jigsaw puzzle piece.
“Remember, God’s still putting the puzzle of your life together," she said.
Nov 27, 2013
GLASGOW, Scotland (BP)—If you listen to Gena Wilson imitate the Scottish brogue, you’ll think she was born in Glasgow. After 17 years, the woman from Beaufort, S.C., can speak in a Scottish accent that even the locals mistake as their own. She used to stick out as “the American” who for some inexplicable reason chose to live in one of the city’s poorest areas.
Nov 15, 2013
Missionary from Tampa featured in Week of Prayer
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Many of Florida’s nearly 3,000 Southern Baptist churches participate in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions each fall. The offering, named after Charlotte “Lottie” Moon, a Southern Baptist missionary to China in the late 1800’s, supports nearly 5,000 Southern Baptist missionaries around the world through the International Mission Board.
Martha Moore, a member of Christ Fellowship in Tampa, is just one of the missionaries supported by IMB. Based in Germany, Moore leads three evangelistic campus ministry teams in Europe. Her story will be featured in the Dec. 5 issue of the Witness and in the Week of Prayer guide published Nov. 29.
Nov 15, 2013
SOUTH ASIA (BP)—There was little in life to predict that Cebrián Bolívar* would one day become a missionary in one of South Asia’s most populated cities. He grew up on a farm high in South America’s Andes Mountains where his parents and siblings still scratch a living from the soil.
Nov 13, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—With early coverage of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in this issue of Florida Baptist Witness, we are reminded the season is just around the corner. Several new releases from Broadman & Holman are sure to make interesting presents, and music is always a most welcome gift.
Nov 11, 2013
AMMAN, Jordan (FBW)—Last month, five Florida Baptist women packed suitcases for the Middle East. They were bent on ministering to 52 Christian Arab women attending a three-day conference.
Making a list and checking it twice—under the careful attention of Pensacola’s Hillcrest Baptist Church Mission Pastor Brian Barlow, a veteran leader in mission ventures in the area; and Tom Jenkins, deacon and mission team leader—the ladies packed soothing hand lotions, candies, binders, stationery, gifts bags and more.
Nov 11, 2013
AMMAN, Jordan (FBW)—None wore head coverings, most dressed in bright colors, and nearly all had wide smiles on their faces. When 52 Arab women gathered at the Arab Woman Today Conference in Amman, Jordan in