Over the mountains and across the world
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Over the mountains and across the world

By Grayson Hester CBF field personnel need not travel around the world to feel a world away. Scarlette Jasper, commissioned by CBF in 2014, serves as a rural poverty advocate for the Together for Hope Rural Poverty Initiative in south-central/southeastern Kentucky and portions of East Tennessee. She’s been there for 35 years, so she knows … Continue reading

Reimagining Mission and Learning in Community
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Reimagining Mission and Learning in Community

By Matt Norman Part of my mission work with CBF in Europe includes the great privilege of partnering with European Baptists via the International Baptist Theological Study (IBTS) Centre in Amsterdam.  This past year, I have been working with a small team to develop the initial courses and structure of the Learning Network which seeks … Continue reading

CBF field personnel Karen shares faith and advocacy with immigrants in Northern Africa
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CBF field personnel Karen shares faith and advocacy with immigrants in Northern Africa

By Ben Brown Every Christian is called by God to service and mission. Some hear a calling to vocational ministry. And still others hear a calling to vocational ministry in a culture that is not their own.  Karen is called in that final way. “My whole life, I’ve always been going toward people that are … Continue reading

CBF Encourager Church initiative a natural fit for Crescent Hill Baptist
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CBF Encourager Church initiative a natural fit for Crescent Hill Baptist

By Grayson Hester Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., officially joined CBF’s Encourager Church initiative in 2019. But it had been doing the work of field personnel encouragement years before that. “Our Encourager Church program came about naturally. It wasn’t something we sought out particularly,” said Andrea Woolley, co-pastor and minister of spiritual formation, … Continue reading

Directing Change: How Mission Oak Cliff’s Kevin Pranoto Pushes through the Pandemic
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Directing Change: How Mission Oak Cliff’s Kevin Pranoto Pushes through the Pandemic

By Jennifer Colosimo Last year, when COVID-19 changed most of the world as we knew it, it was the end of many businesses, not to mention careers. But while tragedy of all shapes and severity ensued, many nonprofit organizations actually grew. As the world’s economic system struggled, it seemed that a new spirit arose within … Continue reading

Seeking Transformational Development: Transformed in the Process
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Seeking Transformational Development: Transformed in the Process

It was a simple request. Would Greg and Sue Smith be able to provide some school supplies for Carmen’s two children?  That was years ago. Through LUCHA Ministries, the Smiths were able to provide supplies that year and for many years following. Occasional food assistance was needed. The Smiths came alongside the family, helping them … Continue reading

Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ: Establishing Friendships
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Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ: Establishing Friendships

A field personnel in Asia has spent the last two decades helping to translate scripture into a local language. This work has borne fruit as the Bible in a local dialect is now available. This is wonderful, but equally thrilling is the opportunity to share faith with those who have become friends and a surrogate … Continue reading

Cultivating Beloved Community: Collaborative Expression
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Cultivating Beloved Community: Collaborative Expression

CBF field personnel, Jonathan Bailey is a musician. He plays the cello. Though he is not a professional musician, music has been an integral part of Jonathan’s life.  Recently Jonathan reflected on the opening lines to Robert Frost’s poem, “Mending Wall.”. “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,And spills … Continue reading