Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

November 17 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico’s residents after Hurricane Maria’s devastation in September, creating a nationwide response from the ground up. Sam Porter has spent several days in Puerto Rico in two separate trips to assist disaster response coordinator Jack Noble in facilitating the large-scale response.

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Indian Christians accused of kidnapping, forced conversion

November 16 2017 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service

A court allowed seven Christian children in India to return to their families a week after Hindu radicals falsely accused their chaperones of kidnapping them to forcibly convert them. It was the third situation of its kind in Madhya Pradesh state since May.

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Puerto Rican pastors ‘not forgotten’ by SBC

November 15 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The “heart and spirit of Southern Baptists” are evident as churches and leaders help Puerto Rico recover after Hurricane Maria, pastor Jorge Alvarez said Nov. 11 in San Juan. Alvarez was among 150 local pastors and guests who attended an appreciation dinner held in their honor.

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Iran-Iraq earthquake called 2017’s deadliest yet

November 14 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

The death toll continues to rise after the deadliest earthquake of 2017 shook the Iran-Iraq border late Nov. 12. More than 450 people have been killed and 7,000 injured in the 7.3-magnitude quake, with major aftershocks continuing to shake the region, extending into Turkey, Kuwait, Pakistan and Lebanon, according to CNN.

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Pakistani death sentences show blasphemy laws’ threat

November 9 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The October death sentences for three Pakistani men demonstrate the threat of blasphemy laws in many countries to the life and liberty of Christians and other religious minorities. The judgments for the Pakistanis came two months after the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report that showed more than one-third of the world’s countries have blasphemy laws.

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Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

November 6 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churches

November 2 2017 by Morning Star India correspondent

Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said. Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector’s office, church leaders said.

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Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliation

November 2 2017 by Myriah Snyder, Western Recorder

A group of Kentucky Baptists embarked on a mission trip to Zimbabwe with a twofold focus on biblical training for national pastors and lay leaders, while also exploring and modeling racial reconciliation. Reflecting back on the experience, some of those on the racially-diverse mission team shared how the trip brought healing and strengthened relationships.

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Myanmar crisis draws BGR aid, recalls Judson legacy

November 2 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Residents of Myanmar – early beneficiaries of the Baptist missions movement two centuries ago – once again are the focus of work by Baptists. This time, Baptists are providing aid in response to a humanitarian crisis among the Rohingya, a large Muslim people group in southwest Myanmar.

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48 Christians die in 9-day massacre by Fulani herdsmen

October 27 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian and human rights leaders in Nigeria are urging the government to protect villages from terror by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in the wake of a nine-day killing spree in Plateau State. At least 48 Christians were killed, including women, children and the elderly as they slept.

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