Louisville—It was a busy year of missions and ministry for Kentucky Baptists. A Paintsville Baptist made an appearance at the presidential inauguration, two new pro-life laws kicked off the state General Assembly's agenda, and a seminary professor was named as a czar to overhaul the state's foster care and adoption system. A total solar eclipse drew tens of thousands to the Blue Grass, and devastating hurricanes swept through the Caribbean.
RICHMOND, Va.—During 2017, Southern Baptists — in partnership with thousands of International Mission Board personnel around the world — seized opportunities toward fulfilling the Great Commission. Three young women whose hearts have been focused on following their Lord's call to international missions led Southern Baptists' efforts in giving and going.
LOUISVILLE—As a "one-and-a-half generation Hispanic American" — one neither identifying as a first generation Hispanic American or a second generation Hispanic American–Anibal Figueroa feels called to reach out to those much like himself: Hispanics Americans, who although they may have been born overseas and immigrated young, feel a connection to their Hispanic heritage while being brought up largely culturally American.Thus, he planted, Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn) Church, or NA Church, a church dedicated to being bilingual and multicultural in east Louisville.
NASHVILLE—In a year where scandal, tragedy, political strife and one too many devastating hurricanes dominated the headlines, some might be surprised this year's most-read Baptist Press story was about a movie. The release of the "The Shack," based on a bestselling book by the same title, sparked debate over its depictions of the Trinity as well as fictional references that conflict with Scripture.
The North American Mission Board coordinated multi-state responses to three major hurricanes. Southern Baptist volunteers prepared more than 3 million meals, served over 90,000 days and witnessed more than 700 people profess faith in Christ in ministering to hurricane survivors.