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Platt to new missionaries: ‘This mission will succeed!’

August 29 2014 by Tess Rivers, IMB/Baptist Press

More than 50 new missionaries were appointed Aug. 27 at The Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Va. They join 4,842 IMB missionaries now serving around the world. The appointment service capped several days of meetings near Richmond, Va., when International Mission Board trustees elected David Platt as IMB president.

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Boko Haram sets up Islamic Caliphate

August 28 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Defense Headquarters of Nigeria has denied Boko Haram’s claim of an “Islamic Caliphate” in Gwoza. But Haram has established its own government in Gwoza, a Nigerian city it captured three weeks ago by killing perhaps 1,000 residents and overcoming the Nigerian military.

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Family man seeks more than American dream

August 27 2014 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay/Baptist Press

In 2008, Joey Lankford turned 30. He took a good long look at his life – and his bank account. Materially, nothing was lacking. But deep down he knew something was missing. After a mission trip with his brother to Nicaragua, God called the Lankfords to South Africa.

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Floyd: Iraq crisis calls for urgent action

August 27 2014 by Mark Kelly, BGR/Baptist Press

Christians in Iraq are the targets of a “horrific injustice” and immediate action is required to help them, said Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Middle East is entering a new phase of a larger crisis that has been intensifying over the past two years, Floyd said.

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Egypt yet to help persecuted Christians

August 27 2014 by Morning Star News/ Baptist Press

A year after the August 2013 attacks by violent Muslims, Christians continue to struggle to rebuild their lives in Egypt. Christians have received no government assistance to replace more than 100 homes, businesses and other items of personal property lost in the attacks.

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Moldova, Dublin FBC partnership yields teenage visitor

August 26 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

When Dublin First Baptist Church signed up for an international partnership in January 2013, they did not expect it would include a teenage girl from Moldova spending her summer with them. But Tabitha Mesina left her small, southern Moldova village of Vadul Lui Isac in June for nine weeks of ministry in Dublin, N.C.

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Baptist youth send millionth meal to Haiti

August 25 2014 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Baptist youth participating in the 2014 Baptist State Convention’s summer youth program at Caswell met a major milestone regarding efforts to provide meals in Haiti. During the closing hours of July 30, participants of Youth Week 7, the last week of summer camp, packaged the one-millionth meal.

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Naghmeh Abedini: We pray to see God move

August 25 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor

Naghmeh has invited Christians to join her by participating in prayer vigils across the world on Sept. 26 – the anniversary of her husband’s imprisonment. Saeed Abedini is a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, and he was sentenced in early 2013 to eight years in prison.

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How Brantly survived Ebola: medical care and prayer

August 22 2014 by Liz Szabo, USA Today/RNS

Kent Brantly was discharged from Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital Aug. 21, and an American aid worker, Nancy Writebol, was discharged Aug. 19. Brantly and Writebol, a volunteer with SIM USA, were flown to Emory from West Africa in early August and were treated in the hospital’s specialized unit.

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Reign of terror must be stopped, Moore says

August 22 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, offered his analysis two days after the beheading of American journalist James Foley. A video of Foley’s execution by an unidentified soldier of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was posted on social media.

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