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The Pray4EveryHome tool has had some upgrades and improvements to help church members pray for their neighbors.

When Nick Hodges decided to watch the Southern Baptist Convention online last summer, he never dreamed he would be navigating the “tubes,” trains, and taxis of a major European city as a result.

When Hodges heard about Embrace during the SBC meeting, “it was like a light went on inside of me.” Embrace is an initiative to encourage Southern Baptist churches to choose an unengaged, unreached people group (UUPG) and establish an active church-planting strategy among them.

“We’re supposed to just go and carry out the Great Commission,” Hodges said of the stirring he felt.

Hodges is pastor of eighty-member Emmanuel Baptist Church in Oakdale, Louisiana. He and members of eleven hundred-member First Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas, spent the last week of April in Europe with International Mission Board trainers to begin their journey to embrace one of the world’s 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups, five hundred of which can be found in Europe.

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