International

Paradise Lost: A beautiful island with dirty secrets

February 8 2016 by Charles Braddix, IMB

According to locals, it all started when the French colonized Madagascar in the late 1800s. Following the arrival of the colonists, prostitution evolved, and over the years this illicit sex trade grew into something much more sinister than mere street corner prostitution. Today sex tourism, human trafficking, exploited labor and even organ harvesting abound.

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Copenhagen: A godless paradise?

February 5 2016 by William Bagsby, IMB

Postmodernism is rampant in Denmark where the government supplies all of the people’s basic needs. The Danes have realized that communism or capitalism or any one system can’t fix every problem. So they developed a post-Christian thinking that there is no absolute truth. Missionaries are trying to point people to real Truth.

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Boko Haram burns children alive in January raids

February 2 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Boko Haram killed more than 100 people in firebombs, shootings and suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria at the end of January, the most deadly attacks near Maiduguri where a survivor told The Associated Press he heard the cries of children burning alive inside their homes.

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Sudan releases pastor held without charges

February 2 2016 by Morning Star News/Sudan Correspondent

Sudanese authorities have released one of two pastors detained without charges since December 2015. Kwa Shamaal, head of missions for the Sudanese Church of Christ, was arrested Dec. 18 and released Dec. 21, but had been required to report daily to the office of the National Intelligence and Security …

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Weary travelers endure, share gospel in Indonesia

February 1 2016 by Elaine Gaston, WMU

The Bissey* family is concerned with bringing the gospel to the 6,000 to 7,000 inhabited islands in Indonesia. Even though the majority claims adherence to Islam, groups in the islands have a multitude of non-Islamic practices – most incorporating animism and ancestor worship.

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SBCV: ‘golden opportunity’ for refugee evangelism

January 28 2016 by Brandon Pickett, SBCV

In the past four months, more than a quarter million people, most of them Muslim, have passed north into Macedonia through a border crossing at the Greek village of Idomeni. Southern Baptists in Virginia believe the occasion is among the best opportunities in years to reach Muslims with the gospel.

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Abedini: ‘God saved me’ from death in Iran

January 27 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

In his first media interview since his release from an Iranian prison was announced Jan. 16, American pastor Saeed Abedini told FOX News’ Greta Van Susteren of the brutal physical and psychological torture he suffered in Iran for three and half years. He prayed hours at times to survive years of abuse ...
 

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Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, interviewed post release

January 25 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Naghmeh Abedini is making plans to join her husband Saeed Abedini at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove in Asheville, N.C., where he has been resting with his parents and sister since arriving there Jan. 21 from Berlin, Germany. She changed earlier plans ...

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Ministry challenges, opportunities abound in Indonesia

January 25 2016 by Elaine Gaston, WMU

Rosemary Brackey* fell in love with Indonesia before she even know where it was. The country of more than 250 million people – fourth in population in the world – has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is the most populous Muslim country in the world.

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Abedini retreats to North Carolina

January 22 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

A smile burst forth from Saeed Abedini’s face as he skipped the last step exiting the plane into his family’s arms. Abedini, 35, a pastor who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than three years, was freed Jan. 16, along with three other American citizens.

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