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  • GenSend mobilizers recruit students for summer missions | ()

    Abby Hughes

    Abby Hughes is one of only two Generation Send (GenSend) campus mobilizers in the Northwest who is taking on the responsibility to find other college students to participate in GenSend 2015.

     

    Date Created: 3/27/2015 3:19:08 PM

    One congregation’s tough decision leads to two thriving churches | ()

    One congregation’s tough decision leads to two thriving churches

    Victory Baptist Church in St. Cloud, Minn., had a tough decision to make. With just a handful of members after years of struggle, they could continue meeting as usual, barely making use of the building and facilities they had, or they could choose something a bit more courageous.

     

    Date Created: 3/23/2015 12:24:55 PM

    Orlando family takes ‘insane’ step to help plant Denver church | ()

    Orlando family takes ‘insane’ step to help plant Denver church

    Rob Burgess couldn’t help but laugh. His wife’s suggestion was preposterous on face value—move their family of five, including a junior in high school, from Orlando, Fla., to Denver for a year to help start a new church.

    Date Created: 3/18/2015 7:24:57 PM

    Everyday opportunity to be on mission with God | ()

    Every day we face choices about how we are going to live our lives. Our culture tells us to live for ourselves and to seek the approval of others. But God calls us to a greater mission. He calls us to live for Him and to love our neighbors as He loves them.  

    Date Created: 3/14/2015 12:45:18 PM

    Platt: NAMB church planting efforts will help reach nations | ()

    Over the last year, I have had the privilege of visiting and preaching in many of the “Send” cities designated by the North American Mission Board (NAMB). As I have traveled to these cities and interacted with church planting and revitalization teams, I have been deeply encouraged to see and hear about all the avenues God is blessing for the spread of the gospel in North America. With over 80 percent of people on our continent now living in metropolitan areas, I am convinced that the need for more biblically faithful churches in these key urban centers is critical.     

    Date Created: 3/12/2015 9:47:58 AM

    No longer running, Mark Lashey is firmly planted in Delaware | ()

    Mark Lashey had zero desire to live in Delaware. There was no sweet tea, no biscuits. Children there didn’t say sir and ma’am. The Northeast seemed cold in terms of relationships, not to mention climate. Yes, he understood his wife, Tammy, wanting to raise their children close to her parents, but the state held no other attraction for him. Then he started praying during his regular neighborhood jogs. Through his praying, God gave Lashey a burden for the community.

    Date Created: 3/9/2015 5:09:09 PM

    Giving that makes a difference every day | ()

    We are grateful for every dollar Southern Baptists give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American Missions. Sometimes you might feel far-removed from the results of the offering so let me remind you of a few. What you give to Annie helps Southern Baptists start new churches where they are needed most. In 2014 Southern Baptists planted 985 new churches. That’s up 5 percent over the previous year and in some places increases were even more dramatic. In Ohio 37 new churches were started—an increase of 20 over the previous year. In New York there were 42 new churches—an increase of 22. And in the Northwest Convention, which includes Oregon, Washington State and parts of Idaho, 27 churches were started—24 more than the previous year.

    Date Created: 3/9/2015 12:44:01 PM

    Facing missions with a “whatever it takes” spirit | ()

    Gabriel Revilla recalls a “Nike moment” when his college pastor in Miami approached him with a question.

    “What do you think about recruiting an actual team of students and allowing them to come to Miami to reach lostness here?” Gus Hernandez, collegiate pastor at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, asked Revilla.

    The question was neither small nor random. Hernandez knew Revilla’s heart and potential for leadership in ministry.

    Revilla accepted the challenge and decided to, “Just do it.”

    Then came Chicago.

    Date Created: 3/6/2015 2:09:18 PM

    Texas roots now planted in South Dakota | ()

    More than 180 years ago, anyone living in the Mexican controlled Texas territory had to speak Spanish and could only attend a Roman Catholic Church. As Stephen F. Austin led the effort toward Texas independence, a friend of his, Josiah H. Bell, was equally resolute toward another objective. Bell helped form the first Protestant church in Texas. Bell started a family tradition that today reaches to the Dakotas.   

    I guess its in our blood, said North American Mission Board (NAMB) church planter Jonathan Land. He is Bells great, great, great, great grandson, and they share deep Texas roots.  

    I was born in Texas, Land said. Theres a reason people dont like people from Texas. They are just so arrogant about being from Texas. I used to be that guy.  

    Date Created: 3/5/2015 5:07:09 PM

    Intersecting with the world in New York City | ()

    Austin Coleman has spent each of the last two summers in New York City looking for intersections. If ever there was a city where success would seem inevitable, America’s largest city would be that place with its blur of 24-hour activity. New York City is a seemingly endless maze of intersections populated by yellow taxicabs, limousines, delivery trucks and personal vehicles. Despite potential risk, Coleman has navigated the city without incident or peril. Now, he has a love for New York City and a desire eventually to return there to live and plant churches.  

    Date Created: 3/4/2015 12:15:07 PM

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