International

Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico

September 21 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

As Hurricane Maria pounded Puerto Rico with potentially record-breaking winds, Southern Baptist disaster relief workers pulled back and prepared for a long-haul response in the Caribbean. “It’s going to be a long, multi-month response with a lot of needs for volunteers and supplies,” said David Melber, vice president of Send Relief.

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Another Mexico quake compounds disaster response needs

September 21 2017 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press

In the aftermath of an earthquake in central Mexico that killed at least 217 people, Southern Baptists are moving to assess opportunities for response. The 7.1-magnitude quake struck Sept. 19, exactly 32 years after an even-larger tremor devastated large areas of Mexico City and killed about 10,000 people.

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Uganda seminary leaders report growth

September 19 2017 by BR Staff

Bill Greenwood, a retired pastor from Kernersville, N.C., served as an adjunct professor at Uganda Baptist Seminary (UBS) in Jinja, Uganda, in 2015. He and his wife, Sheryl, recently hosted a gathering for Jack Frost, founder and former principal of UBS, and Anthony Shelton, current UBS principal.

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China tightens worship, Sunday school restrictions

September 18 2017 by Morning Star News, Editor

China startled Christians by tightening its “choke-hold” on churches there in September, banning Christian education for children and unregistered church worship “as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once,” China Aid told Morning Star News.

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Muslim Fulani herdsmen massacre 20 Christians

September 13 2017 by Morning Star News, Nigeria Correspondent

Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria’s Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said. Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of a slain and beheaded Fulani boy.

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After Irma, Baptists already issuing food in Caribbean

September 13 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Food and water shortages in the Caribbean are being relieved by Southern Baptist partners and disaster relief workers nearly a week after Hurricane Irma trampled islands and killed at least 38 people. Baptist Global Response is already distributing food in Cuba, where Irma hit 13 of the 15 provinces.

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In Irma-shattered Caribbean, Baptists arrive to help

September 12 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Days after Hurricane Irma killed at least 34 people and destroyed entire communities in the Caribbean and West Indies, Southern Baptist partners are on site assessing the most urgent needs for assistance. A Baptist Global Response disaster assessment and response team arrived Sept. 10 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Evolutionary scientist admits theory’s major flaws

September 11 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service

Gerd Müller, a highly regarded Austrian evolutionary theorist, recently gave a presentation in which he admitted Charles Darwin’s theory largely avoids explaining how life originated. Müller did not espouse any creationist or design beliefs, but his presentation demonstrated that even the staunchest advocates of evolution are forced to admit the theory has many holes.

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Seminary Reformation tours leave pastors inspired

September 8 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Renewed commitments to expository preaching and teaching theology were among pastors’ takeaways this summer from Reformation tours of Europe led by Southern Baptist seminaries. “After going and seeing the tour of Martin Luther [sites] – all ... the risks he took – why would you ever do anything other than preach the Bible?” said Clint Pressley.

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New charges against pastor in Turkey jail

September 6 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

American pastor Andrew Brunson faces new charges punishable by four consecutive life imprisonments in an Izmir, Turkey, prison. The Presbyterian pastor formerly of North Carolina is now accused of espionage aimed at overthrowing the Turkish Parliament and government and undermining the constitutional order of the state.

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