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Nigeria too unstable for election

January 21 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Boko Haram’s January attack on Baga and its sustained control of several towns in northeastern Nigeria make credible February presidential elections impossible, said Nigeria relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku. There is no way there can be … free, fair and credible elections while Nigeria is engaged in war against terror…

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Paris tragedy leaves Parisians open to gospel

January 16 2015 by Nicole Lee, Baptist Press

Christian workers in Paris expressed surprise that a number of native Parisians are appearing more receptive to the gospel following last week’s terrorist tragedy. This new openness by Parisians comes on the heels of terrorist attacks targeting the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a secular satirical newspaper famous for its…

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Thirteen things mission-minded people do differently

January 14 2015 by Susie Rain, IMB/Baptist Press

Who are mission-minded people? How do they see the world? While they could be found in your church, place of work or coaching Little League, what do mission-minded people do differently? International Mission Board missionaries from around the world helped compile a list of 13 things…

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‘Like insects,’ 2,000 Nigerians killed

January 13 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Boko Haram’s slaughter of 2,000 northeastern Nigerians shows the jihadists have escalated beyond targeting Christians and has placed Nigeria in the midst of a global war against humanity, Nigerian relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku told Baptist Press Jan. 12. Hundreds of gunmen invaded Baga and 16 surrounding villages in Borno…

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After Paris tragedy, IMB workers call for prayer

January 9 2015 by Nicole Lee, Baptist Press

International Mission Board workers in France pray the terrorist attack in Paris by Muslim extremists will not result in a greater divide between secularism and people of faith. Mark Stone, a church planter in Southern France, says the polarization of French politics can be traced almost entirely to …

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N. Korea remains atop persecution list

January 9 2015 by Baptist Press staff

While North Korea held its spot for the 13th consecutive year as the most dangerous country for Christians to live, a new report noted other countries are experiencing unprecedented levels of persecution. Open Doors, which seeks to strengthen the persecuted church overseas, released its annual World Watch List Jan 7.

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Ebola fears persist, yet churches keep reaching

January 8 2015 by Paige Ryder, International Mission Board

Ebola has struck fear in many Americans considering mission trips to the continent of Africa within the last few months. Many churches are cancelling trips, even to countries not affected by the disease, Southern Baptist mission workers report. Only a few congregations continue to push forward with sharing the gospel there.

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How God is at work in Abidjan

January 7 2015 by Elaine Gaston, International Mission Board

As urban church planters, the McAfees’ ultimate hope is to plant a church in every quartier, or neighborhood, in Abidjan – a God-sized task. As they work toward this end, it’s just possible that the city streets that saw so much bloodshed will instead know God’s forgiveness, reconciliation and grace.

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Pastors see need amid culture of ritual sacrifice

January 5 2015 by Rolan Way, International Mission Board

Southern Baptist Convention pastors who traveled to South Asia from African American, Korean, Chinese and Hispanic congregations across the United States were profoundly impacted by seeing the effort people go to for a religious experience at the Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim places of worship.

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Blasphemy charges still shackle Egyptian convert

January 5 2015 by Morning Star News staff

A noted convert in Egypt who was sentenced to five years in prison for documenting attacks on Christians has won a partial victory on appeal but remains in jail on prior blasphemy charges. Bishoy Armia Boulous was found not guilty on a charge of spreading information meant to harm Egypt and the public interest…

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