International

Combatting abuse: Victims’ advocates save lives

October 22 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Domestic violence suffered by the wives of a police officer and a disc jockey became Beck Dunn’s first foray into summoning churches for a response. At age 27, Dunn had taken a job to open the third domestic violence shelter certified by the state of Florida in 1981. To flee a cycle of abuse …

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IMB worker Andy Leininger dies at 56

October 21 2019 by Leslie Peacock Caldwell, IMB

Andrew (Andy) N. Leininger, who served as a Christian worker in the former Soviet Union for 22 years, died in his home state of Missouri on Oct. 13, 2019. He was 56. In November 2016, Leininger was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive cancer that caused a brain tumor.

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Brunson reaped spiritual ‘hunger’ in Turkish prison

October 14 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Two years in filthy Turkish prisons reaped for pastor Andrew Brunson a spiritual “hunger, desperation and running after God” that he hasn’t felt since his release. “I find that I don’t miss prison; I wouldn’t want to go back,” Brunson told Baptist Press (BP) Oct. 8, after nearly a year of freedom.

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IMB, Billy Graham Center focus on rural churches stateside and abroad

October 14 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

The International Mission Board (IMB) and the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College’s Rural Matters Institute (RMI) have launched a five-year research project that aims to arm the rural church with resources needed to advance the gospel within and beyond the United States. “The idea is to provide information that will benefit rural practitioners …

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Explainer: The NBA, China and Hong Kong

October 11 2019 by Josh Wester, ERLC

A tweet from an executive with the Houston Rockets has touched off an international controversy and brought attention to an ongoing dispute between Hong Kong and China. On Oct. 4, Daryl Morey, general manager of the Texas-based NBA franchise, posted an image on Twitter with the words: “Fight For Freedom. Stand With Hong Kong.”

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From death to life, physically and spiritually

October 9 2019 by Global Hunger Relief Staff

Mr. Kumalo* was a thin, fragile man who lived in a small, modest home. His house was empty, devoid of wife and children. It was sparsely furnished with only the barest of necessities, but he welcomed visitors inside as if he lived in a castle. In his dimly lit abode, the one possession he treasured …

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Annie Offering totals record high $62.2 million

October 9 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

For the third straight year, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) for North American missions has hit a record high. The 2019 offering total was announced at an Oct. 7 gathering with North American Mission Board (NAMB) trustees. Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd revealed the $62.2 million total in a video call.

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Montana OKs reciprocal partnership with Alberta

October 8 2019 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Messengers to the 2019 annual meeting of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) voted unanimously Oct. 3 to enter into a seven-year reciprocal partnership with Baptist churches in Alberta that affiliate with the Canadian National Baptist Convention (CNBC). “Alberta is the perfect place for us to begin to stretch ourselves some,” MTSBC Executive Director/Treasurer Barrett Duke …

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Tokyo, Baptists prepare for Olympics, Rugby World Cup

October 7 2019 by Caroline Anderson, IMB

The world will converge on Tokyo, Japan, twice in the span of a year for two international sporting events – the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics. Southern Baptists and their local church partners in Tokyo will be there to share the gospel with the players, coaches and fans.

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Lottie Moon Offering totals $156.6 million

October 4 2019 by Ann Lovell, IMB

Southern Baptist church members gave $156.6 million to support international missionaries in 2018-2019, the third-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) for international missions ever received. “Because you and your church gave through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, you are a part of reaching the unreached in every nation,” said IMB President Paul Chitwood.

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