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A Four-part TV Series on Christians and Racial Issues

Racial reconciliation is the topic of a four-part Family Enrichment Series produced by the North American Mission Board for broadcast on FamilyNet in May. Race Matters focuses on the issues of racial reconciliation in America, especially in churches and among Christians.

"The idea for the programs is to show the positive side of racial issues," said Rosser McDonald, producer of the series. "We want the average Southern Baptist to draw from and grow from the spiritual growth of other races."

The series deals with more than just the black/white issues common in America. It also includes stories from Native Americans, Hispanics, former Muslims, and Messianic Jews. The first three programs highlight the lives of contemporary Christian singer Larnell Harris, Grammy-award winning gospel artist Shirley Caesar, and "Dean," a former Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) activist who now shares the gospel with Muslims and Jews. The fourth program is a ...

A Vietnamese church planter in suburban Vancouver, B.C., struggling to reach those of his own nationality in one of the most international cities in the world.

The director of an inner-city missions center and church in Waterbury, Ct., celebrating the diversity of his community through neighborhood programs and worship services.

These are just two of the more than 5,000 missionaries who carry out the work of the Great Commission with the support of the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

In a tradition that dates back to 1895, Southern Baptists will place special emphasis on the contributions of these servants this spring through The Week of Prayer for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.

Long a supporter of missions, Annie Armstrong founded Woman's Missionary Union in 1888 and served eighteen years as corresponding secretary for the organization. In 1895, Armstrong and other WMU leaders designated the third week in March as a time of special prayer for the Home Mission Board. Since that year, Southern Baptists have observed an annual Week of Prayer for Home Mission...

A crisis pregnancy is an emotionally charged event that radically changes a person's status in life. Some argue a woman has the right to choose, but according to Sylvia Boothe, alternatives to abortion ministry specialist for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), "a woman has the right to be educated and counseled on the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of all her choices."

As staff and volunteers in alternatives to abortion ministries, "we have the joy" of walking with a woman through the crisis of an untimely pregnancy and helping her discover how God can work redemptively in her situation, said Boothe.

The objective of the alternatives to abortion ministries is to assist churches, associations, and state conventions in ministering to women who are fa...