Publicity surrounding Chibok girl’s escape questioned

May 26 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Nigerian government has used the escape of Amina Ali Nkeki to create photo opportunities for good publicity internationally, while skirting the ongoing tragedy that the government has not recovered any of the missing girls, Open Doors USA’s advocacy director Kristin Wright told BP.

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Zika threat prompts abortion discussion

May 23 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing in April that Zika infection during pregnancy can cause “microcephaly and other severe brain defects” in unborn babies, some abortion rights advocates, including members of Congress, have suggested broadening access to abortion among Zika-infected women.

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Nurturing theological connections in the Americas

May 20 2016 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Billy and Debbie Hurst’s first missionary assignment was to Guatemala in 1998 where they served two years, followed by placements in Costa Rica and Mexico. Then, in 2014, the Lord brought them back to Guatemala. The couple is part of the International Mission Board’s theological education connector team for the American peoples ...

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Chibok girl found alive in Nigerian forest

May 20 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

One of the 219 missing Chibok schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped has been found alive in Nigeria’s remote Sambisa Forest, the French press agency AFP reported May 18. The schoolgirl, now 19, was found May 17 at night by civilians assisting the military and was reunited with family members …

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Oklahoma reaching internationals to reach the nations

May 18 2016 by Tiffany Zylstra, Baptist Messenger

International students will fly into Los Angeles, New York or Houston, then ending in Oklahoma City, and many will not get other opportunities to travel. They want to see America and explore the culture. Through the Falls Creek Spring Retreat, many are able to get out of their college city and see a different part of Oklahoma.

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Sudan releases church leader held since Dec.

May 12 2016 by The Sudan correspondent, Morning Star News

Telahoon Nogose Kassa, head of discipleship at the embattled Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, was released May 10 after Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services arrested him without charges Dec. 13, 2015. He was one of two church leaders jailed without charges.

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Asian-American networks nurtured at A2CP2 conference

May 5 2016 by Eunsun Han, SWBTS

The fostering of nationwide networks among Asian-American church leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention moved forward during an inaugural A2CP2 (Asian-American Church Planting & Cooperative Program) Conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul Kim and Daniel Im were two of the featured speakers …

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Missionary slain in Jamaica was Iowa Southern Baptist

May 4 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

An Iowa Southern Baptist was among two American missionaries killed in Jamaica April 30. Randy Hentzel, 48, a member of First Family Church in Ankeny, Iowa, was serving with Pennsylvania-based Teams for Medical Missions when he was slain in a remote, rural area of Jamaica along with fellow missionary Harold Nichols, 53.

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USCIRF: Religious liberty continues to decline

May 4 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reported governments and non-government forces around the world were guilty of a “serious and sustained assault” on freedom of belief. The commission cited the rampant imprisonment of prisoners of conscience, the startling increase in refugees and the ongoing bigotry toward Jews and Muslims …

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Anglican rift over same-sex marriage widens

April 29 2016 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service

Conservative Anglicans reiterated their frustration with the U.K.-based Anglican Communion over the growing divide on same-sex marriage. Six primates with the Global Anglican Future Conference, an organization representing archbishops and their provinces around the world, met to discuss the group’s future and its ongoing response ...

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