Leaders ask Obama to fill religious minorities position

April 24 2015 by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

Beheadings, enslavement, kidnappings and rape plague minority religious communities across the Middle East, and it’s time for President Barack Obama to fill a job created to address their plight, a group of prominent evangelicals, scholars and other religious leaders told the White House.

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Global adoptions decline; Show Hope begins new strategy

April 23 2015 by Sarah Padbury, World News Service

International adoptions plummeted to a 30-year low for U.S. citizens last year, with further declines expected. But some see the trend as an opportunity to help children remain in their home countries. Between October 2013 and September 2014, officials granted 6,441 immigrant visas to children adopted abroad, the lowest level since 1984.

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Obama urged to name envoy for religious minorities

April 22 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has joined a diverse coalition in urging President Obama to act quickly to name a special envoy to help protect religious adherents in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

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Egypt’s president pressured toward reform

April 22 2015 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who challenged senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies, now is being challenged by observers who say he lacks a formal plan for moving toward a moderated Islam. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s speech will do little to help his nation’s persecuted Coptic Christians.

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Syrian refugees to hit 4 million; Baptists continue serving

April 20 2015 by Evelyn Adamson, Baptist Press

Syria entered its fourth year of conflict in March with the grim report that an estimated 220,000 people have been killed since fighting began in early 2011. In addition, registered refugee numbers soon will hit the 4 million mark, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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Global religious freedom draws leaders’ appeal

April 16 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, signed a letter sent April 14 to members of a House of Representatives subcommittee seeking support for the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). The bill is designed to enhance the United States’ ability to promote religious freedom globally.

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Mideast gets personal touch in memoir & novel

April 16 2015 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Frances Fuller’s In Borrowed Houses conveys a picture of the Lebanese people who today are facing imminent threats from ISIS, the self-proclaimed Mideast Islamic state, while Luana Ehrlich’s One Night in Tehran is a potential evangelism tool as it tells how a group of believers can lead an unlikely convert to Christ.

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800,000 children displaced by Boko Haram

April 15 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The number of displaced children – among 1.5 million people forced to flee their homes in the region – has more than doubled within the past year in Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, UNICEF stated in a report titled “Missing Childhoods: The impact of armed conflict on children in Nigeria and beyond.”

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Arrests of Cuban Christians remembered

April 14 2015 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Witness

A group of about 400 Baptists met April 7 at Iglesia Bautista Getsemaní in Miami to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrests of several pastors, missionaries and laity in the western part of Cuba by the Castro government. The pastors were arrested on charges that included ...

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1975: Vietnam orphans ‘miracle’ journey

April 10 2015 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press

Vietnamese orphans boarded a patched-up boat in 1975 for a “miracle” journey to freedom. “When I look back on my journey, it reminds me of the movie ‘The 10 Commandments’ when Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt,” said Thomas Ho, who was one of the oldest children in the orphanage.

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