Egyptian convert regularly abused, says attorney

May 29 2015 by Morning Star News/Baptist Press staff

Imprisoned by Egyptian authorities for photographing Muslim attacks on Christians and then held after his sentence was complete, Bishoy Armia Boulous is beaten several times a week, said attorney Karam Ghobriel. Ghobriel said he thinks the beatings are meant to do one thing – break Boulous’ spirit.

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Chinese missionaries face cultural challenges

May 28 2015 by Caroline Anderson, Baptist Press

Chinese believers could be the next missions sending force, following the Western and Korean Christians who’ve gone before them. They pray, give and go, sacrificing everything to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the nations. But sacrifices come with costs. Chinese cross-cultural Christian workers say they struggle with discouragement and loneliness.

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Global uncertainty re-emerges 70 years after World War II

May 28 2015 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press

Post-World War II chaos eventually gave way to order and development in many parts of the world. But it’s become increasingly clear that the era of relative global stability that followed the war – albeit guaranteed for long periods by the weapons of superpowers – has come to an end.

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Ireland will not force churches to wed gays

May 27 2015 by Baptist Press staff

On May 22 Ireland became the first country to hold a public vote amending its constitution to allow gay marriage, but the change will not force houses of worship to perform the unions. Instead, gay couples will be able to enter in “civil marriage,” a separate institution from “religious marriage.”

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9-year-old renewing hope after Haiti earthquake

May 27 2015 by Meredith Flynn, Illinois Baptist/Baptist Press

At nine years old, Mackenzie Howell has been working to renew hope in Haiti since 2011, when she saw a documentary about the devastating earthquake that rocked the country. Four years after she started raising money to help kids and families there, Howell visited Bigarade and the school she helped build.

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New campaign to provide Bibles in China

May 27 2015 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources/Baptist Press

A new campaign from LifeWay Christian Stores and Tyndale House Publishers allows individuals and churches to purchase Bibles for people in the world’s most populous country. The Gospel for China seeks to provide “an easy and legal way for individuals or churches to purchase Bibles for believers and seekers in China.”

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IMB missionary dies unexpectedly in Malawi

May 26 2015 by Melanie Clinton, IMB

International Mission Board missionary Susan Sanson, 67, died of malaria in Zomba, Malawi, on May 18. She developed a sudden onset of malaria on May 17 and began treatment. However, early the next morning her husband Billy woke to find her unresponsive. She passed away as medical staff were examining her.

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Missions fuels Jimmy Draper scholarship recipient

May 21 2015 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Not long after LifeWay Chistian Stores associate Anna Dible began asking customers if they would like to purchase a Bible to send to South Asia, she asked God a question as well: “Can I go?” Being chosen as the recipient of LifeWay’s Jimmy Draper Mission Scholarship made Dible’s desire possible.

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Two Sudanese Christians face death penalty

May 21 2015 by Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service

Last year, a death penalty sentence slapped on a pregnant Sudanese doctor for refusing to renounce her Christian faith stirred international outrage and demands on the government to increase religious liberty. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim was released a month later, but now two Christian pastors have been jailed and also face a possible death sentence.

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Nepalese Baptist pastor in U.S. aids homeland

May 18 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

As Nepal works to recover from two massive earthquakes within 17 days, a Nepalese Southern Baptist church planter in Buffalo, N.Y. is readying to travel to his homeland to help those in need, including his three sisters left homeless. Southern Baptists can help by praying and fasting for Nepal ...

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