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Iranian pastor’s arrest ‘a serious blow’

October 29 2014 by Staff/Morning Star News

Behnam Irani, Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, all leaders in the Church of Iran, were sentenced Oct. 19 for “action against national security” and “creating a network to overthrow the system” – what human rights defenders say are catch-all terms the Islamist government uses to suppress Christians and political opponents it perceives as threat.

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North Korea releases American detainee

October 23 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

American citizen, Jeffrey Fowle, who was detained in North Korea for nearly six months for allegedly leaving a Bible in a night club has been reunited with his family in Ohio. He was awaiting trial on charges of committing an anti-state crime before North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his release…

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China: Fewer abortions? But more persecution

October 23 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Christians face the “worst persecution in China since the Cultural Revolution,” said Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid. China’s newly announced switch to a two-child population control policy does not resolve the coercive nature of the program. The change came even as the communist government imposes the most severe oppression in four decades…

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IMB’s Platt reflects on listening, learning

October 22 2014 by Erich Bridges, IMB/Baptist Press

A gathering of Southern Baptist missionaries grappling with what’s working in missions – and what isn’t – welcomed a new colleague to the strategic discussion: International Mission Board President David Platt. The long-planned conference, held earlier this fall in Asia, came at an ideal time for Platt.

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Student volunteers show God is ‘hope in darkness’

October 20 2014 by Paige Turner, IMB

A weeklong International World Changers mission trip brought together 40 high school and college students from churches in North Carolina and Virginia. World Changers provides student groups and individuals a short-term missions experience as they partner with International Mission Board workers throughout the world.

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Death sentence upheld for Pakistani mother

October 20 2014 by Staff of Morning Star News

In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court upheld Oct. 16 the death sentence for a Christian mother, Aasiya Noreen, accused of insulting Islam’s prophet Muhammad.

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S. Asia flood relief focuses on massive need

October 16 2014 by Susie Rain, BGR/Baptist Press

An estimated 20 million people throughout Bangladesh, Nepal, India and Pakistan have been devastated by flooding and landslides. Tens of thousands of villages have been wiped out. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Millions will have to refurbish or totally rebuild. And in this Himalaya region, winter is right around the corner.

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Black pastors engaged in IMB mission

October 15 2014 by Emily Easttom, IMB/Baptist Press

In August, five African-American pastors were challenged by the International Mission Board to embark on a journey to Tanzania to take the gospel to an unengaged, unreached people group like the Vidunda. On the trip, nearly 10 people came to Christ.

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ISIS forcing Yazidi conversions, marriages

October 15 2014 by Baptist Press Staff

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorist group has imprisoned hundreds of Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, forcing men and boys to convert to Islam and enslaving the younger women as jihadists’ brides, Human Rights Watch has reported.

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Help Ebola victims, Baptist pastor urges

October 14 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists should respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa with the same urgency expended during natural disasters at home and abroad, James Graham, pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Va., a multi-ethnic 2,800-member Southern Baptist congregation with immigrants from about 25 countries.

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