‘Untapped source’ for missions discussed

June 24 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Professionals – people with experience in business, education, sales, medicine and more – can help start and grow churches in places career missionaries cannot go by using their skills to network with other professionals in cities around the globe, a panel of Baptist leaders determined in St. Louis.

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‘Insanity of God’ shows faith amid despair

June 23 2016 by Bob Smietana, Fact & Trends

Nik Ripken almost abandoned hope when he first arrived in Somalia 25 years ago. Ripken, then a young International Mission Board missionary, had caught a ride with the Red Cross in a small plane carrying relief supplies across the border between Kenya and its war-ravaged neighbor. What he saw shook him to the core.

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International Mission Board ‘standing strong,’ Platt reports

June 17 2016 by Julie McGowan, International Mission Board

For more than 170 years, God has blessed the International Mission Board for the spread of the gospel among the nations – and by God’s grace, 170 years later, it is “standing strong,” International Mission Board President David Platt reported to Southern Baptist Convention messengers.

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Mission entities celebrate partnership, disciple-makers

June 16 2016 by Julie McGowan, International Mission Board

Highlighting the partnership between Southern Baptists across North America and around the world to spread the gospel and plant churches, the Southern Baptist Convention’s two mission entities held a “Sending Celebration” at the conclusion of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting June 15 in St. Louis.

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Lottie Moon Christmas Offering tops record

June 8 2016 by Julie McGowan, International Mission Board

In a year when International Mission Board and Woman’s Missionary Union leaders expressed a compelling drive to fulfill the Great Commission, Southern Baptists responded to the charge with resounding support through the 2015 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

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Prayers for life on Children’s Day in China

June 7 2016 by June Cheng, World News Service

June 1 is Children’s Day in China, a holiday filled with children’s events, reduced entrance fees at tourist attractions and student performances. Yet for the past five years, Jonny Fan of Chengdu Early Rain Reformed Church has striven to make the celebration include unborn children as well, with his “Don’t Abort on Children’s Day” campaign.

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Nigerian pastor’s wife killed by Muslim mob

June 7 2016 by Morning Star News staff

Nigerian officials scrambled to calm religious tensions after Muslims in Kano state killed a Christian pastor’s wife on a baseless “blasphemy” charge, according to reports. Bridget Agbahime, was killed June 2 after she asked a Muslim engaged in ritual Islamic cleansing, to move his ritual from her shopfront.

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Abedini church worker near death in Iran prison

June 6 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A female Christian convert who worked with Saeed Abedini planting house churches years ago in Iran is on a hunger strike and near death in the harsh Evin prison in Tehran, Iran. Nasim Naghash Zargaran, also known as Maryam, was one of the first people who converted to Christianity under Abedini’s counsel.

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Disaster Relief work continues amid ‘Beast’ wildfire

June 3 2016 by Josie Rabbitt, Baptist Press

The reign of the “Beast,” a Canada wildfire that caused the immediate evacuation of 80,000 people in Fort McMurray, may almost be over. Government officials are working alongside nongovernmental organization council leaders to speed the safe return of Fort McMurray residents. “The government leaders have accomplished amazing work,” said Mickey Caison.

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Few Syrian Christians get asylum in U.S., despite genocide declaration

May 31 2016 by Evan Wilt, World News Service

Two months after the Obama administration called out militant terror group Islamic State (ISIS) for committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria, refugee data show those finding a safe haven in the United States are not the ones suffering the most persecution.

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