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South Asia flooding stirs call for prayer & relief

September 11 2014 by Susie Rain, IMB/Baptist Press

Floodwaters sweeping across northern India and Pakistan have killed more than 450 people. Hundreds of thousands more have fled their homes as helicopters and boats raced to save marooned victims in one of the worst floods to hit this area in 60 years.

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Pastor calls Hispanics to 'go now,' reach world

September 10 2014 by Ava Thomas, IMB/Baptist Press

Jesús Guillén had a rough childhood. Everything from drugs to alcohol is a part of his past. In fact, he should’ve died several times, twice at the hands of his wife. And ever since we wandered into a Baptist church in Houston, he has spent the last two decades planting over 20 churches.

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N.C. students serve among T people in Southeast Asia

September 9 2014 by Paige Turner, International Mission Board

Autumn James met many T people this summer in the two weeks she spent helping lead a five-member team of college students from North Carolina to research the people group. The T people are an unreached, unengaged people group in Southeast Asia with less than 1 percent of the population believing in Jesus.

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N.C. Baptists launch English Bible camps in Hungarian schools

September 9 2014 by Meredith Brunson, Special to the Recorder

A classroom full of Hungarian middle schoolers leaned in to hear the story of Jesus’ birth as North Carolina volunteers explained it to them. The students then acted out the story with their classmates and memorized Bible verses in Hungarian and in English.

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Cotton farmer’s faith weathers trials

September 5 2014 by James Langston, IMB/Baptist Press

Like most farmers in Zambia, Passmore Hacaba had planted his cotton by hand when the rains began. By Christmas he had some promising looking fields. Then one morning, he came out of his hut and noticed that something was wrong. Hacaba is Tonga, a member of an unreached people group in Zambia.

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Life-saving supplies delivered to displaced in northern Iraq

September 3 2014 by Mark Kelly, BGR/Baptist Press

Life-saving relief supplies are being delivered to Iraqi Christians and other minorities forcibly displaced in northern Iraq by radical ISIS Islamists. Many of these families have gone for three weeks with little to eat. There are some reports that these persecuted Christians believe they are facing extinction.

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Human trafficking targeted by WMU ministry

September 3 2014 by Woman’s Missionary Union/Baptist Press

Each year, by force, fraud, or coercion, millions of people find themselves trapped in bonded labor and sexual exploitation. The Woman’s Missionary Union’s WorldCrafts ministry has launched the Support Freedom campaign to help deliver women from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

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Bae interviewed; Abedini’s release requested

September 3 2014 by Baptist Press

An American Christian being held captive in North Korea said in interviews with CNN and the Associated Press that his health is failing and asked the U.S. government to help secure his release. Kenneth Bae was one of three detained Americans in North Korea permitted to speak with U.S. media.

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Platt to new missionaries: ‘This mission will succeed!’

August 29 2014 by Tess Rivers, IMB/Baptist Press

More than 50 new missionaries were appointed Aug. 27 at The Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Va. They join 4,842 IMB missionaries now serving around the world. The appointment service capped several days of meetings near Richmond, Va., when International Mission Board trustees elected David Platt as IMB president.

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Boko Haram sets up Islamic Caliphate

August 28 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Defense Headquarters of Nigeria has denied Boko Haram’s claim of an “Islamic Caliphate” in Gwoza. But Haram has established its own government in Gwoza, a Nigerian city it captured three weeks ago by killing perhaps 1,000 residents and overcoming the Nigerian military.

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