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11-year-old issues 'Challenge 32' to support missions

It didn't seem like much -- just $32.20 -- but it was all this 11-year-old had. The small stash represented six months of household chores and errands, not to mention the self-discipline needed to save instead of spending it on treats. She counted it out and asked her parents to give it to the IMB. It might make a dent in the $4 million shortfall for international missions.

Hong Kong church stands firm

Months of unrest and protests have transformed Hong Kong from a hub of global finance to an unpredictable place of upheaval. Butch Tanner, pastor of Kowloon International Baptist Church (KIBC), sees the wear and tear from the last six months in the faces of his congregation ...

Maasai in Tanzania touched by Kansas teens' testimonies

The Kansas youth wiped away tears and looked out over the church congregation. Men wrapped in red blankets leaned forward on the roughly hewn boards that served as pews, listening intently to the teenager. Women adorned with bright jewelry nodded their heads and encouraged them to continue talking. It wasn't the "normal" kind of church service that the rising college freshmen were used to attending back in Kansas. This church was more than 8,000 miles from home in the bush of Tanzania. The service lasted four hours and included a lot of joyful dancing. This mission trip was anything but normal for the young Americans and Tanzanians alike.

Rodeo Bible camp: 'Christ, kids & cowboying'

Laughter and squeals abound as water balloons fly through the air. Boys run after girls, trying to drench them. Older teens slink off to the corner, feigning that they're too cool until a counselor is in range and they let the water fly. The traditional water balloon fight of summer camp comes to an end with a not-so-traditional announcement: "Time to muck out the stalls and feed the horses."

 

At a rural Kansas barn, they hear the Christmas story

The setting was simple -- a barn, some bales of hay and a few animals -- much like the story that hundreds in rural Kansas gathered to hear: Jesus was born to be your Savior. Steve Taylor opened his Bible and read the story of Jesus' birth. 

Factory or horseback, pastor thrives

There's a shortage of full-time pastors in Kansas-Nebraska. Don Mayberry thinks the solution is bivocational pastors. He works two jobs - factory and church - and the cowboy church is thriving.

Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx shape First Baptist

At First Baptist Church in Liberal, Kansas, language and culture are not a barrier to worship. The church is a reflection of the community. Located a few blocks from downtown, it sits on the edge of "little Somalia" ... A few blocks away, the Vietnamese live next to the largest ethnic population, Latino, in this town of 20,000.

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Prenatal classes catalyst for new churches

If someone had told Nancy Potter* years ago that churches in Southeast Asia would start as a result of pregnant women learning to be healthy, she might have scoffed. 

Nepal church sings again

One week after 7.8-magnitude earthquake, church picks up service right where they left off.

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11 missionary jobs that you won’t believe

Most missionaries are NOT preachers. For instance, I’m a journalist. If you think that's “outside the box,” then you should see what today’s IMB missionaries do.

Long trek over

It's been a rough year. Nduri Isandap and her six children fended for themselves during one of the worst droughts in Kenya's history. 

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NEW START 

tsunami survivors

The piles of debris were gone. The cars deposited on top of apartment buildings and ships stranded on streets by the March 11, 2011 tsunami have been carted off for recycling. The "smell of death" has been replaced with the fragrance of fresh cut pine and construction.

Famished families walk for days

The father-daughter duo stumbled into the camp after a walk through the dried-up African bush. They hoped to find relief from the worst famine to hit the Horn of Africa in 60 years.

Refugee reunites with family as new man

Rajeevan's crime was fleeing a country during a brutal civil war and seeking asylum in Thailand, a country where he is considered illegal. Thai officials threw his entire family in detention. 

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13 things mission-minded people do differently

Mission-minded people are different. That’s it. Somehow they see the world from another perspective. The things they do are different from what other people usually do.

Forgotten village receives food

For days, the villagers took turns sitting by the road trying to get help. Hope died -- until two vehicles backed down a rocky path and unloaded more than 40 bags of rice.

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Child screams in Kenyan shack

Screams echo as people were pulled from their homes and savagely beaten. In chaos like this, it's difficult to differentiate one scream from another -- but I heard one and followed it. 

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Tsunami survivor struggles to find peace

Shukuko Sasaki survived Japan's tsunami but her husband and the majority of the fishing village did not. One year later, she's looking for comfort from the nightmares. 

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releasing sin

I'm surrounded by thousands of glowing jellyfish suspended in a black ocean. I reached out and touched one - really a glowing paper lantern. It's easy to get swept up in the magic, forgetting the real meaning - releasing sin - behind this festival called Yee Peng.

Kenyan children pray for peace

"Father, our country is in trouble. We pray for peace to come," an 11-year-old boy prays. "Protect us, Father. Teach people to love one another and not to fight anymore."

Leper prays as Nepal earthquake rumbles

Miriam awoke from her Saturday nap on April 25 with a start. Since she was up, the elderly woman decided to start her daily noon prayer time 15 minutes early.

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AIDS epidemic leaves elderly to raise children

The contrast between youth and the elderly is drastic in this country. An entire middle generation is missing, creating the huge gap. HIV/AIDS wreaks its havoc in South Africa.

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