IMB personnel face hard decisions

October 6 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Michael and JuliAn Domke are missionaries among IMB personnel who received an unexpected offer Sept. 10 to take early retirement by the end of the year. The Voluntary Retirement Incentive is the first step in a plan recently announced by president, David Platt, to resolve the organization’s financial troubles.

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Toronto Baptists cast vision for more N.C. partnerships

October 6 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Greater Toronto Area boasts a population of more than six million, including people from 200 ethnic groups speaking 160 languages. The North American Mission Board’s Send initiative in Toronto is working hard to recruit N.C. churches to join their team, and step up to the plate of missions engagement.

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Senate approves USCIRF reauthorization

October 5 2015 by J.C. Derrick, World News Service

The long battle to reauthorize the United Stations Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) appears to be nearing an end. On Sept. 30 the U.S. Senate passed a four-year reauthorization that largely maintains USCIRF’s current structure and direction. The legislation funds USCIRF at $3.5 million annually and is deficit neutral.

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Naghmeh Abedini says faith ‘more real’ than before

October 1 2015 by Morning Star News, Middle East correspondent

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Sept. 30 declined to meet with the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini during his trip to the United Nations, days after the Christian’s wife learned her husband had recently been tortured. Naghmeh Abedini said the Iranian government is treating him “like a pawn in a game of chess.”

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Obama urged to press China on rights

September 25 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Representatives of diverse faith groups have called on President Barack Obama to press Xi Jinping on religious and other human rights issues during the Chinese president’s visit to the United States capital. Xi will be in Washington for a White House state visit Sept. 24 and Sept. 25.

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For refugees in Greek port city, ‘Gateway to Europe’ becomes nightmare

September 23 2015 by Keith Weston and Samantha Conners, IMB Connections

Patras is sometimes called the Gateway to Western Europe. But for hundreds of refugees already here, it’s a nightmare. They live in an intermediate state – a purgatory with no clear means of escape or end. They had hoped to travel to Italy by boat or ferry, but ...

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IMB missionary never let anything keep her from sharing

September 18 2015 by IMB Connecting

Evelyn Harthcock never met a stranger. She was “mama” to many and her Southern drawl, hospitality and her deep love for people transcended language and culture. The 94-year-old emeritus IMB missionary died on Sept., 18, 2015, after a battle with Alzheimer’s. Although she officially retired from the IMB, she never “retired” as a missionary.

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‘Prayer wave’ stirring for Rugby World Cup

September 18 2015 by Samantha Conners, IMB Connecting/Baptist Press

In preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2015, churches in England are asking for prayer as they prepare to share the gospel with hundreds of thousands of rugby spectators. From Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, 11 cities across England and Wales will host 48 tournament matches played by 20 teams from around the world.

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Abedini prayer vigils set globally 9/26

September 17 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, is on a 21-day “Daniel” fast and is organizing prayer vigils internationally Sept. 26, the third anniversary of her husband’s imprisonment in Iran for his Christian faith. She is also is promoting a letter-writing campaign ...

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Corker stands with SBC on North Korea

September 16 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has expressed his agreement with a Southern Baptist Convention resolution’s condemnation of “religious persecution and human rights violations in North Korea.” SBC messengers “appeal[ed] to [dictator] Kim Jong Un and the government of North Korea ...

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