International

Solace amid persecution for India’s Christian minority

April 5 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christians comprising just 2.3 percent of India’s population noted two legal successes this Easter as religious persecution mounts under the Hindu nation’s ruling Indian People’s Party. In Meghalaya, one of three Indian states where Christians comprise a population majority, the government responded to widespread public protests and withdrew an order to halt Good Friday observances.

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Pope’s alleged hell denial scrutinized

April 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pope Francis’ reported denial that hell exists – which the Vatican says is not “a faithful transcription” of his words – has occasioned analyses of both Roman Catholic and biblical teachings on hell. In a front-page article March 29, the Italian newspaper La Republica quoted Francis as saying “there is no hell,” according to the Boston Herald’s translation.

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Kidnapped pastor’s family ‘solid and secure in Jesus’

March 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Malaysian pastor threatened with death for trying to convert Muslims to Christianity remains missing more than a year after his February 2017 kidnapping in Kuala Lumpur. The family of 63-year-old Raymond Koh has heard nothing of his whereabouts or health since his abduction by as many as a dozen masked men in broad daylight.

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Opera singer from Brazil sparks Vienna house church

March 26 2018 by Nicole Leigh, IMB

When Maria* began to feel God nudging her to share Christ with Persians, she didn’t know exactly what a Persian was. But within a week Maria met a girl from Iran. When Maria asked what language she spoke, the girl said “Persian,” so Maria invited the young lady to study the Bible.

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Sweden first to offer payouts to sterilized transsexuals

March 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Transgender Swedes forcibly sterilized to expressly prevent reproduction are eligible for payouts of about $27,000 each under a new law that is reportedly the first of its kind worldwide. Sweden’s one-house parliament adopted the legislation affecting people forced to undergo sexual sterilization under the Gender Recognition Act of 1972.

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5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

March 23 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported March 22.

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American pastor charged with ‘terrorism’ in Turkey

March 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

American pastor Andrew Brunson has been indicted in Turkey on charges of terrorism. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) claims the charges amount to an admission “that Turkey considers sharing the gospel an ‘act of terrorism.’”

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IMB missionaries ‘died for what matters most’

March 19 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board missionaries Randy Arnett, 62, and Kathy Arnett, 61, died March 14 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Missouri-native missionaries served as theological education strategists for Africa. IMB leaders and colleagues reflected on the Missouri-native missionaries’ love for missions and the people of Africa.

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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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