Baptist Press: Most Significant Stories of 2021

After a tumultuous 2020, many were hoping for a calmer 2021. But this past year was anything but calm. We had some great news: numerous baptisms and record giving. And we had bad news, like major disasters and an ongoing pandemic. All of it made for some big, and sometimes unexpected, news. Here are some […]

Lake Murray church sets LMCO record with year-round giving

This year, Lake Murray Baptist Church took up the largest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in its 40-year history. The key words there are “this year” — that is, all 12 months. Lead pastor David Sons said the church’s renewed emphasis on missions giving all year long is what made the difference. The largest Lottie offering […]

LMCO total exceeds goal, reflects commitment to be a Great Commission people

As the International Mission Board closes the 2020-21 financial books, it expects to report a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering total of $177.6 million. This total includes $14.9 million received for specific Lottie projects (often called Lottie Moon challenge or Lottie giving projects) and exceeds the $175 million offering goal set in partnership with Woman’s Missionary […]

Three Rivers’ missions strategist heading back to mission field

Three Rivers Baptist Association’s Missions Strategist Randy B.* is retiring at the end of this year and will be returning to the international mission field. Paul Chitwood, International Mission Board president, was keynote speaker for Three Rivers’ Global Missions Celebration at First Baptist Church, Taylors, Oct. 10, which concluded with a time of commissioning for […]

Japanese hunger for hope on the horizon

More people died by suicide in Japan in October of 2020 than died from COVID-19 in the previous months of 2020. In 2020, Japan reported 16.7 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants. Concrete walls enclose home-like prisons where Japanese men and women suffer in silence. Already small apartments became prison cells because of COVID’s sentence of solitary […]

Persecution persists as the gospel spreads

Kingdom growth is always met with deep spiritual warfare for Aquila*. For him this includes active and imminent threats to his life. “Please pray for us!” Aquila asked a prayer team in a September 2020 message. He had heard that an extremist group was coming to the area where he lived. Because of his gospel […]

Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church to be observed June 6

The International Mission Board is collaborating with Nik Ripken Ministries to raise awareness about current religious persecution through the Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This SBC-wide initiative will be observed June 6. It is a call for Southern Baptists to increase their awareness of and pray fervently for the global persecuted church. In […]

‘6 Yellow Balloons’ is author Rosalie Hall Hunt’s own mission story

From the author who brought to life the intimate stories of historic women of missions comes Rosalie Hall Hunt’s own story, “6 Yellow Balloons,” her memoir of growing up in China as a “missionary kid” and following God’s call to become an international missionary herself. At times funny, sorrowful and exhilarating, her story is one […]

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering hits cumulative $5 billion

International Mission Board leaders are celebrating a monumental milestone in Southern Baptist life. On March 31, the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering surpassed $5 billion total gifts since collection to send missionaries to China began in 1888. “I praise God for this significant milestone in giving through the Lottie Moon offering as it indicates that the […]