Two countries, one faith: Students spread gospel

August 17 2011 by Marie Beaufain, Baptist Press

GEORGE, South Africa — In the fleeting warmth of the early afternoon sun, he sat facing the campsite teeming with youth — 61 of them — from all walks of life. Making their way to the dining hall, they crowded behind the thin glass of the windowpanes, a cloud of different colors and dialects — fitting for a project based in the Republic of South Africa, a self-described “Rainbow Nation.

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In London, IMB workers reach out during riots

August 15 2011 by Trent Parker, Baptist Press

LONDON — International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries are looking for ways to serve Londoners in the midst of widespread rioting and looting in London and across England. Read More

Filipino hospitality helps students share

August 12 2011 by Shiloh Lane, Baptist Press

SAMAR, Philippines — Evelyn Riviera has a question for the five American university students gathered around her front door. “Is it true that Americans don’t eat rice?” she asks. “They just eat bread?” Her visitors laugh. Sitting on wooden benches under her thatch awning in the Philippines, they make small talk, chatting about American culture and Filipino food.

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Wanted: Missionaries with accounting skills

August 12 2011 by Laura Fielding, Baptist Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Jake Grece* sits at his computer in Africa answering email from a missionary couple. They have a question about their finances and Grece is their man — an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary working as an accountant.

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$1M to embrace unreached voted by SBTC

August 10 2011 by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, Baptist Press

GRAPEVINE, Texas — The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s (SBTC) Executive Board has granted $1 million from reserve funds to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International missions and encouraged Southern Baptist churches in Texas to “embrace” 1,000 of the 3,800 unengaged people groups identified by the International Mission Board (Read More

In war-weary Ivory Coast, churches were a haven

August 10 2011 by William Haun, Baptist Press

BROBO, Ivory Coast — It is the day of Pentecost, and pastor Dabilla Kambou stands smiling in front of an armed soldier at a military checkpoint outside Brobo, the village Kambou wants to enter. The pastor is known for his wide grin that can defuse the most tense situations.

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In Ivory Coast, churches begin to heal

August 10 2011 by William Haun, Baptist Press

ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST — The air is filled with a nauseating, thick, black smoke. Three months ago, the smoke came from gunpowder and vehicles set ablaze — along with horrific “necklacings,” modern-day lynchings in which a victim is burned alive when a gasoline-filled tire is placed around him and set on fire.

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Religious restrictions increased for 2 billion

August 10 2011 by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

A third of the world — about 2. 2 billion people — live in nations where restrictions on religion have substantially increased, according to a new report. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life study, released Aug. 9, also shows intolerant countries growing more hostile to religious freedom, and tolerant ones growing more accommodating.

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Famine forces Africans to walk for days

August 4 2011 by Susie Rain, Baptist Press

The father-daughter duo stumble into the refugee camp in search of food, water and shelter after an eight-day walk through the desolate, dried-up African bush. Eerily thin, they hope to find relief from the worst famine to hit the Horn of Africa in 60 years.

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Healing bodies, souls in Ukraine

August 1 2011 by North Carolina Baptist Men

Since 2008, North Carolina Baptist Men has partnered with Roma (gypsies) in Munkacs, Ukraine. Initially slated to transform an old KGB listening post into a house of worship, the need for volunteers was redirected when the young pastor said “would you please just come love on the children?” Teams eagerly switched gears and focused on the children.

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