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    Missions doctor Bill Wallace focus of new kids' book

    by Staff, posted Friday, February 22, 2019 (4 hours ago)

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A new children's book on the life of Bill Wallace, a Southern Baptist missionary doctor in China from 1935 until his death in 1951, has been released, with a foreword by IMB President Paul Chitwood.

    "BILL: An American Doctor in China" by Ann Lovell, written specifically for fourth- to sixth-grade readers, is based on the 1963 book "Bill Wallace of China" by Jesse Fletcher. Read More

  • Faye Pearson, first woman IMB area director, dies

    by Mary Jane Welch, posted Friday, February 22, 2019 (7 hours ago)

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    LAUREL, Miss. (BP) -- Faye Pearson, the first woman to serve as an area director for the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, died Feb. 20 following a long battle with cancer. She was 78.

    Pearson started her career in the early 1960s as many women did then -- working as a secretary, teacher and church education director. But how things had changed by 1993, when the world's largest evangelical missions organization elected her to lead their work in East Asia. Read More

  • Chitwood: IMB must communicate with Southern Baptists

    by IMB Staff, posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (10 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood has set forth his vision for Southern Baptists staying abreast of the work of the nearly 3,700 IMB missionaries taking the Gospel to the nations.

    "Stewarding the unique role of the IMB in the missionary call requires that we are able to communicate with Southern Baptists," Chitwood told trustees in his recent report to the board. Read More

  • Macedonian Baptists awaken to church planting

    by IMB Staff, posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (10 days ago)

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    An International Mission Board couple help Macedonia Baptists envision the idea of discussion-led small groups for church planting in the small European nation. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB elects EVP, appoints 19 missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va.(BP)-- International Mission Board trustees unanimously elected Todd Lafferty as the 173-year-old entity's executive vice president during their Feb. 6-7 meeting in Richmond, Va.

    Trustees also appointed 19 new missionaries for service around the globe; affirmed Roger Alford as vice president of communication, and recognized 48 emeriti in memoriam.

    Lafferty, 59, most recently has served as pastor of mobilization for Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. He and his wife Susan previously served with the IMB for nearly 29 years. See related Baptist Press story. Read More

  • Chitwood installed as IMB president

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- Unity, fellowship and promises of mutual support characterized the installation of International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood and the Sending Celebration of 19 newly appointed international missionaries on Wednesday (Feb. 6).

    Chitwood is the 13th president of the Southern Baptist Convention's 173-year-old International Mission Board. The special service took place at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, in Richmond, Va.

    Southern Baptist leaders from across the convention and a number of state conventions attended the event, which included worship led by The Summit Church from Raleigh-Durham N.C., remarks by SBC President J.D. Greear, a charge by former IMB President Tom Elliff, and a response by Chitwood. WMU Executive Director Sandy Wisdom-Martin and IMB President Emeritus Jerry Rankin also participated in the service, which featured testimonies from the 19 new missionaries. Read More

  • IMB names Lafferty candidate for executive VP role

    by Julie McGowan, posted Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (23 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood announced Jan. 30 that Todd Lafferty will be presented to the entity's board of trustees as his recommendation for the IMB's next executive vice president. IMB trustees, who meet Feb. 6-7 in Richmond, Va., are responsible for electing the person who serves in the EVP role.

    Todd Lafferty currently serves as pastor of mobilization for Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. He and his wife Susan previously served with the IMB for nearly 29 years.

    "Seeking input from our IMB personnel on the field and in Richmond, and hearing from several board members and Southern Baptist Convention leaders, I was pointed again and again to Todd Lafferty, a man I've known for over 15 years," Chitwood said. "Todd's education and diverse background as an IMB missionary and staff member, along with his pastoral experiences in the local church in the U.S. and overseas, have uniquely prepared him for this significant leadership role." Read More

  • Kammerdiener leaves legacy of service to missions

    by Mary Jane Welch, posted Thursday, January 24, 2019 (29 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Donald R. Kammerdiener, a longtime missionary and administrator with the International Mission Board, died Wednesday (Jan. 23). He was 82.

    Kammerdiener was especially known as the steady hand administering day-to-day operations of the IMB under two presidents and stepping in to lead as interim president between the two, spanning a period from 1990 through 2001.

    Kammerdiener and his late wife Meredith began their missions careers in 1962 in Colombia and later served in Argentina as he moved into leadership positions, first on the mission field in Latin America and later at the IMB's home office in Richmond, Va. Read More

  • Chitwood to be installed as IMB president Feb. 6

    by Julie McGowan, posted Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- The International Mission Board will install Paul Chitwood formally as its 13th president on Feb. 6 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va.

    The public is invited to attend the installation service, which will include a Sending Celebration honoring the appointment of 19 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.

    The IMB's board of trustees unanimously elected Chitwood, 48, as president of the organization on Nov. 15 in Richmond. Chitwood, who previously served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, took office immediately as president of the 173-year-old entity, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. More than 3,600 Southern Baptist international missionaries serve worldwide. Read More

  • Venezuelans find mercy in arduous exodus from tumult

    by Monica Starr , posted Monday, January 07, 2019 (one month ago)

    COLOMBIA (BP) -- Night descends rapidly on the small plaza where a penetrating drizzle falls onto the cold stone floor. About 35 men, most in short sleeves or sleeveless shirts, huddle under the only two trees.

    Meanwhile, two young women scurry to pull together an improvised "tent" of black plastic trash bags while trying to keep a small girl dry in her fuzzy footsie pajamas. They select the top step of the plaza, against the wall of a closed building. Rain runs off the roof onto their shelter, collapsing it.

    Nearby, under the narrow archway of the building, a young couple sit in physical exhaustion, ... Read More