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Being a single adoptive parent on missionALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "So, what are you doing about it now?" my pastor asked when I told him God had called me to foster care.
One question -- eight words -- changed my life forever. I've known for a long time that's what God called me to do, but I thought it was a someday sort of calling -- a calling with prerequisites. I made the naïve assumption that this was the kind of ministry you could only do if you were married. Read More
Lifelong singleness not an issue for missionary surgeonNASHVILLE (BP) -- Decorated surgeon and missionary Rebekah Naylor, who heard God's call to medical missions at age 13, never longed for marriage and motherhood. She simply left the details of her life up to the Lord, she told Baptist Press just shy of her 74th birthday.
"I think it is vital that we not put qualifications on God's call," said Naylor, who celebrated her birthday on Jan. 2. "It cannot be that I agree to respond to God's call to missions provided He gives me a husband or sends me to a particular place.
"Total submission to Him is essential," she noted. "Then the promise is that He will direct our paths. I have experienced that over and over." Read More
Singleness: 'Magnetic pull' of missions prevailsRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- When I first felt called to the mission field, I didn't give much thought to whether I'd serve as a single or as a wife. I was only 11, after all. I just knew Jesus offered salvation, people needed to hear about it, and I wanted to go tell them.
With laser focus, I prepared for life as a missionary. I involved myself in church outreach, attended college and seminary, satisfied work requirements, and met every condition the mission board had for new workers. Read More
Valentine's Day: vendors, consumerism evaluatedNASHVILLE (BP) -- As a Christian watchdog group released its evaluation of which Valentine's Day-related companies are most and least friendly to consumers motivated by faith, a seminary counseling professor cautioned that consumerism should not be the focus of believers' Valentine's Day weekend.
John Babler, professor of counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press that he views celebrating Valentine's Day as optional for married couples as long as they focus on communication and honoring God in their relationships. Singles should "use the cultural emphasis on romantic love as a springboard to focus on deepening their love for God," he said, and parents would do well to ensure their children both give and receive Valentine's Day treats. Read More