International

Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

November 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board (IMB) trustees. That call culminated Nov. 15, he said, with his election as IMB president. “Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life …

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Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

November 15 2018 by Ann Lovell, IMB

Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday, Nov. 14, near Richmond, Virginia. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Kansas are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world. 

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Pakistan may review Bibi acquittal, forbids travel

November 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian mother Asia Bibi’s freedom is once again in jeopardy, just days after Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted her of blasphemy and freed her from death row. The government is allowing her detractors to request a review of the Oct. 31 acquittal and are forbidding Bibi to flee the country, The Guardian reported Nov. 2.

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International Religious Freedom Act marks 20 years of impact

November 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA) addressed a serious shortcoming in American foreign policy, the law’s advocates said at the 20-year mark of its stand against religious persecution. The legislation, promoted by many evangelical Christian and other religious leaders, became law with President Bill Clinton’s signature on Oct. 27, 1998, and its effect has been widespread.

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Typhoon Yutu work begins, other DR efforts continue

November 2 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Last week Typhoon Yutu overwhelmed a U.S. territory, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Islands (CNMI), which is part of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC). Meanwhile, Southern Baptists have been in the midst of organizing a response. On Oct. 24, Yutu reportedly swallowed the 67 square-mile island of Saipan, endangering the roughly 52,000 inhabitants.

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Asia Bibi freed, conviction overturned

November 1 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian mother Asia Bibi was released Oct. 31 from Pakistan’s death row after the nation’s Supreme Court reversed her 2010 conviction of blasphemy. Religious liberty advocates globally expressed jubilation and pleas that Pakistan’s military protect Bibi. Meanwhile, Muslim extremists reportedly began burning tires in the streets. Pakistan issued a heightened security alert hours in advance of the announcement …

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Venezuelans, fleeing tumult, to find aid on a mountain

November 1 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

When Nelson Martínez’s father died this summer, Martínez inherited a piece of property half a day up the mountain from his hometown of Cúcuta, Colombia. The property sits at 10,000 feet at the top of a cold, often rainy mountain pass.

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An exodus from Venezuela & new ministry in Chile

November 1 2018 by IMB Staff

Insecure and unstable describe life in Venezuela. The country is running out of food. It has recorded more murders – 28,000 in 2017 – than countries at war. Venezuela’s population of 30 million people is decreasing, with more than 4 million emigrations in the past 10 years. 

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California seafarers’ ministry touches the world

October 31 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

About 2,000 ships that can be as long as four football fields each, and carry 9,000 or more 40-foot containers, enter the Port of Long Beach every year, each vessel with fewer than 25 crew members. The crew, who have been 15 to 20 days crossing the Pacific from Asia …

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Greear joins call for genocide label in Myanmar

October 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has joined a diverse coalition in urging Donald Trump's administration to label as genocide the brutalities against religious and ethnic minorities in Myanmar. Greear and more than 75 other signers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Oct. 17 requesting the official designation …

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