International

Baseball builds bridges with Japanese Peruvians

March 27 2015 by Aurora Flores, IMB Communications

Tim and Joy Mitchell serve in Lima, Peru where they work among the Nikkei Japanese immigrants. About 100,000 Nikkei live in Peru, but only about 100 of them are evangelical Christians. Overall, “the Nikkei are closed to the gospel,” Tim noted. “But they’re wide open to baseball …”

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India: Anti-Christian attacks up 55%

March 26 2015 by Baptist Press/Morning Star News staff

The number of violent and nonviolent attacks against Christians in India has increased 55 percent since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi became prime minister last year, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India. John Dayal said there have been 168 acts of aggression during Modi’s first 300 days in power.

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Egypt's president calls for moderated Islam

March 25 2015 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, in a move applauded by conservative Western media, is challenging senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies that have led to widespread terrorism in the name of Islam.

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Nigerians facing terrorism battle ‘nominal Christianity’

March 20 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Nominal Christianity is a major obstacle in standing against Boko Haram’s persecution of believers in Nigeria, said Nigerian Baptist leader. Yet, Baptists in Nigeria still manage to teach the gospel at refugee camps and other locations where 1.5 million have been displaced by Boko Haram violence ...

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80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

March 17 2015 by Barbara Denman, Florida Baptist convention

A shipment of 83,723 Spanish-speaking Bibles, slated to leave South Florida during the week of March 15, is the third Southern Baptists have sent to the island nation since 1999. This latest effort brings the total number of Bibles sent to nearly half a million …

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S. Korean Baptists offer help to Syrian refugees

March 13 2015 by Brian Andrews, Baptist Press

The need for a medical clinic first became apparent to the Korean Baptists last year, when their church donated caravans for Zaatari refugees to use as housing. The volunteers were struck by the sheer number of refugees, none of whom appear to have access to regular medical care in Jordan.

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Abedini’s ‘dark day’ sparks more calls for release

March 11 2015 by Baptist Press staff

After imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini witnessed fellow prisoners being beaten and taken to their executions in Iran’s Rajai Shahr prison last week, the American Center for Law and Justice called the U.S. not to make any nuclear deal with Iran until it releases Abedini.

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Boko Haram’s ISIS pledge viewed as survival tactic

March 10 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Boko Haram’s pledge to follow the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has psychological, financial and tactical implications, putting the African terrorists in a subservient role intended to increase funding from the Middle East, Nigeria relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku told Baptist Press. Boko Haram released …

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Grants help Liberian schools to re-open

March 10 2015 by Candice Lee, WMU Foundation

A total of $44,000 in grants assisted in re-opening Liberian schools Feb. 16 that had been closed for seven months. National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and the WMU Foundation made the grants from the Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow Fund to provide assistance as Liberia recovers from the Ebola crisis. 

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Floyd on CNN: We can’t be silent amid ISIS

March 6 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist leaders are imploring President Obama to act against ISIS not only for global security, but to enable themselves to give a proper account before the Lord, Ronnie Floyd said. ISIS is still growing, people are joining the movement, and people are still being brutalized and murdered ...

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