A poem for the Pals family

Poetry | John Piper pens a tribute to the family killed in a highway crash on its way to missionary training
by John Piper
Posted 8/08/16, 03:13 pm

Editor’s note: The Pals family, who were en route to Colorado for missionary training, died tragically in a car accident in Nebraska on July 31. At the family’s funeral service Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, John Piper offered a beautiful prayer, which can be heard and read at the Desiring God website.

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New census shows Christianity spreading in Burma

Burma | Amid persecution and poverty, pastors work to share the gospel
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 8/08/16, 12:34 pm

The spread of the gospel has faced huge obstacles in Burma, including bloody civil war, violence against ethnic minorities, and radical Buddhist opposition. In spite of all that, Christianity has grown in Burma (also called Myanmar), according to new figures.

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Family killed in crash on way to missionary training

Tragedy | Mother and father of three planned to spread the gospel in Japan
by Jamie Dean
Posted 8/05/16, 01:23 pm

This weekend, members and friends of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis will gather for an event nearly unimaginable a week ago: the funeral service for a family of five killed in a car accident on their way to train for missionary service to Japan.

Jamison and Kathryne Pals, both 29, died with their children last Sunday morning when a truck driver rammed into their minivan on a Nebraska highway. The impact killed Jamison, Kathryne, and their children: Ezra, 3; Violet, 23 months; and Calvin, 2½ months old.

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