International

ISIS rapes captives as ‘worship,’ experts say

August 27 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Revelation that the Islamic State of Islam and Syria caliph repeatedly raped American hostage Kayla Mueller before her murder has brought to light the terrorists’ revival of an ancient practice of raping women captives as a form of religious “worship,” experts say. The gruesome practice dates to a biographical text about Muslim prophet Muhammad.

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Two South Sudanese pastors’ travel ban lifted

August 24 2015 by Morning Star News staff

Two Christian pastors, Peter Yein Reith, 36, and Yat Michael, 49, have arrived safely home in Juba, South Sudan, after an eight-month ordeal of imprisonment on fabricated charges in Khartoum, Sudan, and a ban on leaving the country. The men were acquitted of the crimes calling for the death penalty …

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‘Hands On’ student workers show God’s love to refugees

August 20 2015 by Evelyn Adamson, IMB Connections

It has been several months since three Hands On student workers were sent from their home church in Alabama, to serve Syrian refugee families for up to six months. In their city alone, refugee numbers steadily rise as the war rages inside Syria. An estimated 4 million refugees have fled the country ...

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Westgate mall reopens, demonstrating Kenya’s resilience

August 20 2015 by Nicole Lee, IMB Connections

Westgate shopping mall reopened its doors to shoppers Saturday, July 18, just 22 months after the horrific four-day siege that left 67 people dead and 175 wounded. This show of resilience and courage came less than a week before a scheduled visit to Kenya by U.S. president Barack Obama.

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Boko Haram head dispels rumors of his death

August 18 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An audio recording released Aug. 16 claiming Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is still alive is believed to be authentic, dispelling rumors of his death and refuting Chad President Idriss Deby’s claim to have “decapitated” the group. The recording weakens the Aug. 12 statement by Chad’s president …

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Love & not fear of Muslims urged by SBTS prof

August 18 2015 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS Communications

Ayman Ibrahim, the new assistant professor of Islamic studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wants more American evangelicals to reshape the way they think about their Muslim neighbors. He says that starts with not being afraid of them. Ibrahim wants his students to get out of their comfort zones and ...

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Football teammates labor for Haitians’ clean water

August 14 2015 by Tim Tune, Baptist Press

The University of Mississippi football players’ gratitude for fresh, convenient water – and other common necessities – stems from a mission trip to Haiti last spring with 11 teammates among the volunteers to help provide safe water for a village of 7,000 people.

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Hiroshima & Nagasaki remembered by Baptists

August 13 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Following atomic bombings that leveled the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago this month, Southern Baptists found themselves thinking about just warfare, possible nuclear annihilation and the providence of God. But a longtime missionary to Japan says they missed an evangelistic opportunity.

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23 nations blacklisted for human trafficking

August 12 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The U.S. State Department has blacklisted 23 countries for failing to even try to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking, giving President Obama authority to bar them from U.S. non-humanitarian aid and key trade initiatives. The countries’ failures are summarized in the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report.

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2 South Sudanese pastors banned from travel

August 10 2015 by Morning Star News staff

Two South Sudanese Christian pastors, Michael, 49, and Peter Yein Reith, 36, were released from prison Aug. 5 after eight months’ detention have been banned from leaving the country, Morning Star News reported. The two face no additional charges. Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were preparing to board a plane Aug. 6 ...

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