The North American Baptists have a missionary heart for people around the world. This update will focus your attention on three recent missions related interactions. Russia In late November and early December, Dr. Rob McCleland and Tony Dunaway invested their time and talents in training leaders in two Russian cities—Kharbarovsk and Vladivostok. These cities in the Russian Far East—not far from the Chinese and North Korea borders—are major population centers with over 500,000 people living in each. Having spent years assisting in training pastors in Rostov, Russia, church leaders in the far eastern region of Russia have welcomed NAB’s leadership development and Biblical training with open and gracious arms. Dr. McCleland says this about our Russia Ministry:
Moderator’s Musings – Nov 2012 General Council & Executive Committee Meetings   As the board gathered for our first meeting of the current triennium it was great to welcome new members to the Executive Committee (although we do lament the moving on of the others!). With a new member-at-large nominee appointed by the General Council we are now at full compliment. Here are your officers and Executive Committee members for the next 3 years: Bev Smith, Randy Jaspers, Gary Asbach and George Ridley – Members-at-Large; Jackie Loewer – Treasurer; Steve Newman – Vice Moderator; Bernie Kamutzki – Past Moderator; Bob Fast – Moderator and Rob McCleland your Executive Director and CEO. In additional to the normal business items that required attention, a few highlights from this November meeting include:
This update serves as both an informational resource and as a prayer request. This Thursday, November 1, 2012, through Saturday, November 3, 2012 the Executive Committee of the North American Baptist Conference will be meeting at the International Office in Roseville, CA. In addition, the General Council of the North American Baptist Conference will meet via conference call on Friday, November 2, 2012.  Please pray that God would guide and direct NAB leadership during these important meeting. Please go to if you would like to see a list of those who serve of the Executive Committee and the General Council.
Fall ushers in a busy travel season for the International Office in Roseville, CA. Listed here are simply a few activities that are occurring now and in the coming weeks.
This last week, both Calvin and Susie Hohn, missionaries in Cameroon, and Chris and Ingrid Kidd, missionaries in Brazil, were at the International Office to spend time debriefing and planning with Norm Poehlke. From the reports given by both of these couples, NAB missionaries in both Cameroon and Brazil are serving God faithfully and seeing fruit from their Spirit led efforts.
Greetings from the NAB International Office! I am guessing the focus for many of us has already shifted to fall ministries… cooler weather… pumpkin spice latte’s… audit... well, maybe not the audit, but that is the reality for some of us. Audit season has arrived yet again for NAB staff! September 1st launched us into a brand new financial year, but unfortunately the transition does not just happen that quickly. The coming weeks will be focused on year-end closing procedures, including final gift posting, expense processing, reconciling accounts, and assembling unbelievable amounts of documents for the auditors. For the first time in over eight years we have a new audit firm, so this year will be more time intensive as we bring the new auditors “up to speed” on NAB and our operations.
For months, we have been informing you of the move the NAB International Office would make from temporary offices at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA, to our permanent offices in Roseville, CA. Last week, the move became a reality as the staff gathered and boxed NAB office belongings and started to unpack and settle into new facilities. Instead of attempting to describe the walls, halls, and office layouts, we thought we’d provide you some images. Please use these photographs as a stimulus to pray for the staff and the work of the NAB International Office in reaching the world for Christ.  
The NAB offices are moving locations from temporary facilities at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA, to our permanent offices in Roseville, CA. The physical move will occur on Monday, July 30, 2012.  Due to the necessary transport of equipment, furnishings, and supplies to the new office, please note:
Please take a few moments and share in some of the highlights of NAB’s 2012 Triennial in Orlando. Nearly 600 individuals representing NAB churches from all over Canada, United States, and other international nations, gathered at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, FL., to worship together, gain inspiration from gifted speakers, hear valuable information from seminars, and connect with friends, missionaries, and new acquaintances.
Part of our role at the International Office is to evaluate the strategies and effectiveness of our NAB mission fields. We have been asked to provide leadership on behalf of our NAB churches, and I believe this leadership must include accountable stewardship and future planning. While one of the most energizing privileges of my job is to explore new mission opportunities (NEXT Nations) that the Lord may have for us as a conference of churches, one of the most delicate challenges is to bring change to an existing work. We all know that change is hard. But it is even more challenging when you effect change in a cross cultural setting. 
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