Platt to EC: Seemingly dead man arose

September 23 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

What appeared to local believers to be a physical resurrection from the dead among an unengaged, unreached people group in Southeast Asia has opened a door for gospel witness and highlighted what International Mission Board President David Platt called “God’s power to supernaturally save sinners.”

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Russian anti-evangelism case appeal postponed

September 22 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Baptist missionary’s appeal of a judgment against him for teaching a Bible study in his home in Russia, was postponed in the middle of proceedings when the judge said additional witnesses were needed. Donald Ossewaarde said his attorney believes the postponement is a delay tactic designed to sidestep justice.

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Teen is youngest legal euthanasia victim in Belgium

September 21 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to die of euthanasia in Belgium, the French news agency AFP reported. Belgium lifted age restrictions on euthanasia in 2014, becoming the first country in the world to allow terminally-ill children of any age to choose death, as long as certain conditions are met.

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Christians massacred in Central African Republic

September 21 2016 by Morning Star News, East Africa correspondent

Muslim militants slaughtered 26 civilians in a predominantly Christian village in the Central African Republic on Sept. 16, the worst violence in the embattled country in months, sources said. Rebels from the former Seleka group attacked the village of Ndomete and went door-to-door killing Christians.

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Churches called to action for Global Hunger Sunday

September 19 2016 by BGR and BR staff

When Southern Baptists observe the annual Global Hunger Sunday the second Sunday in October, they will be called to act out the powerful love of Jesus, who the Bible says was “moved with compassion” for people in desperate need. Baptist Global Response has published a new media kit to help churches promote Global Hunger.

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Former Soviet states heighten religious repression

September 19 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

As Uzbekistan prepares to elect a new president, Christians in the former Soviet state fear religious persecution will only worsen. The Open Doors advocacy organization for persecuted Christians already ranks Uzbekistan as the most difficult Central Asian country in which to practice Christianity, but the change in leadership won’t help.

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Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

September 16 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The poverty- and drought-stricken Sahel region spanning northern Africa is becoming a breeding ground for radical Islamic groups intent on persecuting Christians, according to a study conducted by World Watch Research. Boko Haram, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Ansar Dine and other groups are growing in the region, the report said.

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Zimbabwe leaders accused of starving opponents

September 15 2016 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service

Zimbabwe’s Human Rights Commission has accused the ruling party of withholding food aid from opposition supporters amid mass starvation triggered by the country’s worst drought in years. The commission said its investigation confirmed that some opposition supporters in five constituencies could not access the government’s food aid program.

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Attacks in India against Christians rising in 2016

September 15 2016 by World Watch Monitor

The Evangelical Fellowship of India’s Religious Liberty Commission has tallied 134 attacks on Christians or their churches in the first half of 2016 – nearly as many as the annual totals for both 2014 and 2015. The EFI made several recommendations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist government, including the repeal of the controversial “anti-conversion laws.”

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Russian anti-evangelism law victim requests prayer

September 13 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Baptist missionary who ended his ministry in Russia after being arrested under a new anti-evangelism law is requesting prayer in advance of his appeal hearing. Donald Ossewaarde was found guilty and fined 40,000 rubles when Russian police interrupted a Bible study in his home, charging him with evangelizing outside church walls without a government permit.

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