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Ukraine’s cry for help & hope stirs U.S. churches to pray, go

August 21 2014 by Ava Thomas, IMB/Baptist Press

Becky Dorman, a member at Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, Ind., met the young Ukrainian woman in 2009 when Dorman’s mission team traveled to Ukraine. Though Graceland Baptist has been unable to send a team back to Ukraine this year, the crisis has opened new ministry doors.

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Evangelicals visit Israel to show support

August 20 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A group of notable Christian leaders, hosted by National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson, are in Israel Aug. 17-22 to show support for the Jewish state’s right to defend itself against attacks from Hamas and other adversaries. The leaders include Ronnie Floyd, Richard Land, Anne Graham Lotz…

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N. Korea detainee’s family pleads for release

August 19 2014 by Rachel Lynn Aldrich, WNS/Baptist Press

The family of an American man detained in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes has apologized to the country and pleaded with officials to show mercy and release him, saying in a statement that they are desperate for him to return home.

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Islamic militias continue spread beyond Middle East

August 19 2014 by Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service

An Islamist group named Ansar al-Sharia has gained ground in the northeastern Libyan city of Benghazi, declaring it an Islamic territory and raising fears that radical Islamist militias may spread in the rest of Africa. This movement mirrors the rise of the Islamic State in northern Iraq and Syria.

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In missions, pastor says, ‘Don’t despise small beginnings’

August 19 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Throughout the years, a small Virginian church has formed many partnerships in missions around the globe. Two of those partners have included the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. The church also has partnerships in Kenya, Benin, Ghana, South Africa and Liberia.

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Abedini faces death threats from ISIS

August 14 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Saeed Abedini, the American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith, has received death threats from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists being held in the same prison, the American Center for Law and Justice reported August 13.

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US must ‘destroy’ Islamic State, say religious conservatives

August 14 2014 by David Gibson, Religion News Service

A coalition of more than 50 religious leaders, led by mostly conservative Catholic, evangelical and Jewish activists, is calling on President Obama to sharply escalate military action against Islamic extremists in Iraq. Robert P. George, a prominent Catholic conservative and Republican activist, organized the petition.

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Displaced Iraqi families receive help

August 13 2014 by Mark Kelly, BGR/Baptist Press

While the world’s attention has been focused on the plight of Iraq’s suffering Yazidi community, Baptist Global Response humanitarian partners have been working in other parts of the country among some 250,000 other displaced Iraqis. News outlets reported Aug. 11 that Kurdish fighters were able to rescue about 20,000 Yazidi Iraqis.

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'Pray fervently' for Iraqis, Moore says

August 12 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Russell D. Moore, lead ethicist of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has commended President Obama’s authorization of targeted strikes and humanitarian aid that assists Iraqi religious minorities threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Baptists called on to provide aid to Iraqi Christians

August 11 2014 by Don Graham, IMB/Baptist Press

As U.S. military forces launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, International Mission Board and Baptist Global Response are asking Southern Baptists to help provide humanitarian relief for tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidi Kurds forced from their homes.

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