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Ebola outbreak triggers confusion & concern

July 30 2014 by Paige Ryder and Evelyn Adamson, IMB/Baptist Press

With 964 total victims and 603 confirmed deaths, the Ebola virus continues to surge through the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The outbreak originated in Guinea and has rapidly spread in Sierra Leone and Liberia, triggering concern and fear.

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House churches in China report on rapid growth

July 29 2014 by Caroline Anderson, IMB/Baptist Press

During the Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976, Christians in China believed in secret and their access to Bibles was limited. Believers had to be careful about bringing out a Bible in public. Christians in this province now buy Bibles in the Three-Self Patriotic Movement church’s bookstore. These churches are registered with the government…

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Meriam Ibrahim gains freedom from Sudan

July 25 2014 by Myriah Snyder, Baptist Press

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman whose death sentence caused an international outcry, arrived safely in Italy July 24. She was flown on an Italian government jet to Rome with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two young children, Martin and Maya.
 

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Christians in Iraq ‘facing extinction’ at Islamists’ hands

July 25 2014 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press

Mosul has been the center of Iraq’s Christian community for two millennia, but it is also a site with a significant place in biblical history. The reach of ISIS began to expand into northern Iraq after fighting spilled over into the country from Syria in the spring.

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Israel & Gaza believers pray for peace

July 23 2014 by Nicole Lee, IMB/Baptist Press

More than 50 Jewish and Palestinian believers met together to pray for peace on July 13, a show of solidarity in the conflict that is rocking their region. The recent violence started with the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli students in the West Bank on June 10 and the revenge killing of a Palestinian youth July 2.

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Once dying church, begins new focus after re-launch

July 21 2014 by Tobin Perry, NAMB/Baptist Press

When Jim Jackson became the pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Johnson City, Tenn., in January 2013, his first move wasn’t what most people might expect. He closed the church. Faith Fellowship seemed destined to become one of the 1,000 churches Southern Baptists close annually.

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Southeastern serves university students in Taiwan

July 18 2014 by SEBTS Communications

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professors Walter Strickland, special advisor to the president for diversity and instructor of theology, and Benjamin Quinn, instructor of theology and history of ideas, led five Southeastern students on a weeklong mission trip to Taipei, Taiwan.

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Sanctity of human life in China

July 17 2014 by June Cheng, WNS/Baptist Press

Abortion in China is “as common as drinking water,” as one woman put it. The official tally of 13 million babies aborted each year is by far the highest in the world. While the government counts 13 million abortions a year, some have said the actual number with unreported abortions could be as high as 30 million.

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Storytelling missionary dies from cancer

July 16 2014 by Paige Ryder, IMB/Baptist Press

International Mission Board missionary Jeff Powers died July 10 after fighting a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 50. The witness Powers shared – one that led many to know Christ – will continue through the oral Bible storying ministry he led in Zambia.

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N. Korean ‘genocide’ warrants ‘red line’

July 14 2014 by RikkiElizabeth Stinnette, WORLD News Service/Baptist Press

Shin Dong-Hyuk, known as the only person born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped, still bears the scars of his experience. He is the author of Escape from Camp 14. Shin’s testimony was heard by the United Nations, which recommended that North Korean government crimes be sent…

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