Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

March 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A religious and secular coalition will urge Congress to create a U.S. coordinator for religious freedom in Nigeria as terrorism against Christians and other religious minorities intensifies in the African nation. Termed the special coordinator for religious minorities and terrorism, the post would serve as a direct link between U.S. and Nigerian governments.

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Former gang member reaching Canada’s largest city

March 9 2018 by NAMB staff

“Everyone is welcome!” That is the motto of Fellowship Church Rogue Park located in Toronto’s East End. This multiethnic, multigenerational church plant rents space in a local Catholic school on Sunday mornings. Launched near an area known for gang violence, the ministry is led by a former gang member Kesavan Balasingham and his wife Viji.

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ChinaAid: Government likely killed Christian lawyer

March 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Religious freedom advocates are calling for an investigation into the mysterious death of noted Christian human rights attorney Li Baiguang, who died Feb. 26 in a Chinese military hospital after recent good health. The Chinese Communist Party likely killed 49-year-old Li, ChinaAid President Bob Fu said in a Feb. 26 news release.

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Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

February 28 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

On an uncharacteristically warm day during the Winter Olympics, visitors to the train station were greeted by a number of different religious groups. The Mormons wore yellow vests. The Jehovah’s Witnesses had their literature racks set up. Methodist Koreans were carrying yellow bags as they handed out literature.

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Olympic athletes reflect on gold medal performances

February 27 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

The extinguished Olympic torch on Sunday officially ended the 2018 Winter Olympics. And for some Christian athletes, this year’s games were especially sweet – but they seemed to keep their wins in perspective. U.S. freestyle skier and gold medalist David Wise had the words “I cannot fail because it is not my victory” written on his sleeve during the competition.

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Boko Haram kidnaps 110 schoolgirls 4 years after Chibok

February 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

As many as 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists Feb. 19 are still missing after state government officials admitted to falsely announcing many of the girls’ rescue. In an attack reminiscent of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 girls, Boko Haram raided the town of Dapchi, forcing students and other residents to flee.

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Graham’s indelible impact on global missions

February 26 2018 by IMB staff

Besides Billy Graham’s unprecedented impact as an evangelist in the United States, he also profoundly influenced international missions in a way many Christians may not realize. Not only did Graham preach in person to large gatherings in more than 180 countries, but for 40 years he led in organizing international conferences on missions and evangelism.

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Sister’s tragedy fuels Wise’s passion for amputees

February 23 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

David Wise remembers getting the text message from his sister Jessica in 2015 telling him that his other sister, Jessica’s twin Christy, had been in an accident while paddle boarding. Christy was going to live, but she was likely going to lose her leg.

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Refugee women persevere amid peril, harsh conditions

February 23 2018 by Dave Arden & Pat Centner, NAMB

For more than 7 million Africans forced to flee their warfare-stricken homelands, “home” has become a refugee camp where many wait year after year in hopes of a better life. Bamurange and Esther are two such women who survived the Great African War, one of numerous conflicts that have plagued the continent. ...

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Pastor, sports ministry share God’s love to Olympians

February 22 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press

Pastor. Chaplain. Olympic dog sitter. That’s Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church in upstate New York near Lake Placid. Lake Placid is home to the Olympic Training Center where elite athletes come to train as they pursue their Olympic dreams.

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