International

Promises fulfilled as IMB, churches send 27 missionaries

August 26 2016 by Julie McGowan, IMB

11-year-old Laekan Carter gripped the pew, listening as a college student shared how he witnessed God at work while on mission in Africa. “One day you will walk those dusty dirt roads,” Carter felt God promise her. Years later, in fulfillment of that promise, Carter is being sent to Sub-Saharan Africa.

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South Sudanese soldiers assault Western aid workers

August 25 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service

South Sudanese troops raped and assaulted several foreigners and aid workers in a hotel complex, singling out Americans, after winning a battle last month against opposition forces, witnesses told The Associated Press. United Nations peacekeepers and several embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, failed to respond to the calls for help.

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Christian persecution rising in India, report says

August 25 2016 by Morning Star News

Persecution of Christians in India increased dramatically the first half of 2016 and is on pace to far exceed cases the previous two years, a new independent report found. The 134 incidents of violence against Christians chronicled Jan. 1-June 30 of this year were “just a fraction of the violence,” the report noted.

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Olympics wrap-up: God praised by athletes in triumph, defeat

August 23 2016 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

The images and memories of the 2016 Olympics will endure for much longer than the torch’s flame. Simone Biles racking up five medals in gymnastics. Usain Bolt running away from every challenger. Katie Ledecky doing the same thing in the pool. Michael Phelps further establishing himself as the greatest Olympian ever.

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Olympics: Triple jumper ready for big leap

August 19 2016 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

Will Claye’s journey to Rio began with heartbreak. He thought he had qualified in the long jump during the Olympic team trials. But he was wrong. “It took a lot of prayers and a lot of my family, my agent, old coaches just uplifting me and letting me know that this is in God’s plan,” Claye said.

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Olympics: Taekwondo athlete determined, trusting God

August 19 2016 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

At a lot of her taekwondo competitions, Paige McPherson gathers with some fellow competitors and close friends from around the world to pray together. “I'm praying in English, my friend's praying in French, the other person's in Spanish,” she said. “I'm just truly grateful to God for bringing these people into my life.”

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3,202 decisions for Christ reported in Brazil

August 18 2016 by Will Hall, Baptist Message

Southern Baptists returning from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, are sharing testimonies of widespread revival in churches, communities, prisons and schools, following an 8-day schedule of crusades, medical ministries and other outreach efforts in this South American country. Wayne Jenkins said there were a recorded 3,202 salvation decisions.

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Olympics: Dietzen’s love for teammates anchored by faith

August 18 2016 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

Christa Dietzen comes by the “Mom” nickname her teammates have given her naturally. She’s the oldest in her extended family, and she’s one of the oldest players on the U.S. women’s Olympic volleyball team. For Dietzen her interest in caring for those around her comes not just from mothering instincts, but from her Christian beliefs.

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Olympics: Wrestler Helen Maroulis content with God’s plan

August 17 2016 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

Helen Maroulis had lots of grandiose plans for 2012 about how the Lord could use her as an Olympic wrestler. She figured she’d have a tremendous platform to share about her faith in Christ and talk about all the Lord had done in her life. Then she failed to make the team.

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Human smugglers thrive amid refugee desperation in Greece

August 17 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service

An estimated 1 million asylum-seekers flooded Europe last year from Syria, the Middle East, and North Africa, leaving the continent reeling as it struggles to address issues of humanitarian aid, viable resettlement policies, and legal documentation. But even as Europe bolts its borders, thousands of refugees are slipping out of sight.

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