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• TRUSTEES: Gospel conversation critical, Ezell says
North American Mission Board president Kevin Ezell told the entity's trustees that in order to see the kind of turnaround in baptisms that Southern Baptists desire, it will take millions of Southern Baptists having tens of millions of gospel conversations.

• Native Americans celebrate growth
The Fellowship of Native American Christians celebrated significant growth at its ninth annual meeting, which took place June 12 in Phoenix.

• Chinese Baptist Fellowship shares church planting efforts
Members of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship heard updates from an IMB missionary and NAMB church planters on Chinese church planting efforts at their dinner meeting on June 13.

• Messianics meet with Arabic-speaking believers
Arabic praises could be heard alongside the more typical Hebrew worship at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship this year as the fellowship met June 11 at First Arabic Baptist Church in Phoenix.

• Korean Council elects new executive director
James Kang was elected on a second ballot to a potentially unlimited term as executive director of the 830-church fellowship known as the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America, and as the "Korean Council."

• Partnerships focus of NAA Fellowship
The National Asian American (NAA) Fellowship spotlighted the need for more partnerships with Southern Baptist seminaries and a desire to reach second-generation Asian Americans. The group met for its second annual meeting on June 12.

• Filipino Baptists delay vote on executive director
A vote to postpone election of an executive director and continued emphasis on church planting were among highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America's annual meeting June 13.

• FIRST-PERSON: It started with a baby & a puppy
Rhonda Rhea reflects on cute videos and other distractions. "But we do only live once here, YOLO as they say," she notes. "I think if someone translated 'YOLO' into Latin, it would be, 'carpe diem.' Every day is one that's begging to be seized."

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