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Baptist Relief volunteers save Sandy survivor’s home from demolition

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Baptist Relief volunteers save Sandy survivor’s home from demolition

Hurricane Sandy survivor Cecelya Morsby faced near eviction in March 2015 from her flooded home in Freeport, N.Y., before Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers came to her aid more than two years after the storm’s surge ravaged the coastal town on Long Island’s south shore.

God gets the glory when churches live

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:25

God gets the glory when churches lives

Each year about a thousand churches disappear from the Southern Baptist database, the majority of them closing. God gets no glory when that happens. Of those churches, 77 percent are located in metro areas. That means in the areas where we as Southern Baptists have identified we need churches the most, we’re starting to fall behind. We need to start even more churches in these metro areas every year just to catch up with the ballooning church death rate.

Partners in service

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:32

Partner in service

When Randy Chestnut and his wife of 35 years, Denise, sensed God calling them to establish a church and ministry in Old North Dayton, it was a homecoming for both. Raised in the area, the couple had deep roots in the community. But while Old North Dayton is home, the region has seen many changes since his childhood, says Randy Chestnut.

Baptist Sandy rebuild continues two-plus years after storm’s landfall(2)

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:42

Baptist Sandy rebuild continues two-plus years after storm’s landfall

Two and a half years after Superstorm Sandy struck, Jim Clark and his wife, Ena, of Long Beach, N.Y., are working to get into their new home with the help of Southern Baptist volunteers.Sandy’s storm surge lifted and shifted their home of 35 years off its foundation.

 

Your church, an Easter illustration

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:40

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For years in Southern Baptist life the message among pastors about plateaued and dying churches was simple—stay away. As a church planter, I believed, and experience had shown me, that it was easier to start a new church rather than resurrect a dying church with damaged DNA. But there was a problem with that belief. Jesus is in the resurrection business. The church must be as well.

GenSend mobilizers recruit students for summer missions

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:19

GenSend Campus Mobilizers

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.

 

 

One congregation’s tough decision leads to two thriving churches

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:24

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.

 

Platt: NAMB church planting efforts will help reach nations

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 09:47

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.     

No longer running, Mark Lashey is firmly planted in Delaware

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:09

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.

Giving that makes a difference every day

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:44

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.

Facing missions with a “whatever it takes” spirit

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 15:09

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.

Texas roots now planted in South Dakota

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 18:07

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 it’s in our blood,” said North American Mission Board (NAMB) church planter Jonathan Land. He is Bell’s great, great, great, great grandson, and they share deep Texas roots.  

“I was born in Texas,” Land said. “There’s a reason people don’t like people from Texas. They are just so arrogant about being from Texas. I used to be that guy.”  

Intersecting with the world in New York City

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:15

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.  

The American immigrant migrates to Canada to plant a church

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 19:24

Regent Park is a revitalizing area near downtown Toronto, a city of neighborhoods. Today, Regent Park is fast changing as young adults, many of whom are college educated, are choosing to live there. “Toronto is much like New York City,” Yang said. “It’s a thinking city. You engage people’s hearts through their minds.” 

Driven by love in LDS dominant Utah

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:18

North American Mission Board (NAMB) missionary Travis Kerns would encourage you to love the LDS. That’s what he has learned to do. His love for Mormons grew to the point that he now lives 35 miles from downtown Salt Lake City and serves as city missionary for NAMB’s Send North America: Salt Lake City.  

A simple click leads to GenSend engagement

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:50

Perhaps this is only supposed to happen in movies. But with a little help from Google and one click of a mouse, Sarah Reese Hunt found her life’s direction and eventually her husband.

A simple click leads to GenSend engagement

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 09:50

Perhaps this is only supposed to happen in movies. But with a little help from Google and one click of a mouse, Sarah Reese Hunt found her life’s direction and eventually her husband.

The American immigrant migrates to Canada to plant a church

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:26

Regent Park is a revitalizing area near downtownToronto, a city of neighborhoods. Today, Regent Park is fast changing as young adults, many of whom are college educated, are choosing to live there.“Toronto is much like New York City,” Yang said. “It’s a thinking city. You engage people’s hearts through their minds.”

Intersecting with the world in New York City

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 13:00

By Jim Burton BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Austin Coleman has spent each of the last two summers in New York City looking for intersections. If ever there

Baptist Relief responds to local ice storm crisis

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 13:18

After a Feb. 15-16 ice storm in parts of North Georgia, the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency reached out to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to recruit a team to help clear fallen trees assisting the agency in restoring power to local residents.