International

Puerto Rico hurricane toll ‘a miracle’ at 2,975

August 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

It’s “a miracle” Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico is not even higher than the new official total of 2,975, a massive jump from the long purported 64, a Southern Baptist disaster relief leader told Baptist Press. The new count, based on an independent study that the territory commissioned from George Washington University …

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U.N. accuses Myanmar military of Rohingya genocide

August 29 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Murder, rape, enslavement and other crimes against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims necessitate the country’s military leaders be charged with genocide, the United Nations said Aug. 27. “Criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law,” the U.N. said in a special report …

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Pew: African, Latin American Christians most committed

August 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Commitment to prayer, church attendance and religion is highest among Christians in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Pew Research Center said Aug. 22 in an analysis of data collected over the past 10 years. In the U.S., Christians register comparatively high levels of religious commitment among the most developed countries, …

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Former slave sees God’s answer to his prayers

August 24 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

The dirt road snaked long and lonely out to Cudjo’s cabin on the outskirts of Mobile as Mary Ellen Caver tried to mentally prepare to meet the former slave. Caver had lived as a single missionary among a tribe in Nigeria before coming home to Alabama. For years, she had been accustomed to the unusual …

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Kenyan family introduced to the ‘Great Physician’

August 24 2018 by IMB Staff

Fatuma* is raising her five children in a one-room metal house among 2.5 million people who dwell in an estimated 200 slums in Nairobi, Kenya. Despite the squalid living conditions, she knows her children have something she never had as a child: love. After she was orphaned, Fatuma was sent to her aunt and uncle to be raised.

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Campers pack 2 millionth meal for Haiti

August 21 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Nine years ago, Merrie Johnson sat in the corner of Hatch Auditorium at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell praying that God would show her how she could incorporate a missions component to summer Youth Weeks. Johnson, senior consultant for youth evangelism and discipleship with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina …

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N.C. pastor plans to start Kenyan orphanage

August 20 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

Because of a trip to East Africa eight years ago and a life of twists and turns, Wesley Wallis believes God has equipped his family to start an orphanage in Kenya. “God has prepared me,” said the pastor of Walstone Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville. “God has prepared my wife.”

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Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

August 17 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

Before dawn on July 27, Southern Baptist United States Army Chaplain (Colonel) Samuel S. Lee, stepped onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft at Osan Air Base to lead prayer for crew members who were about to take off on a historic flight across the border to North Korea.

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Bilingual discipleship leads to bilingual ministry in Calif.

August 15 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Trinity Baptist Church in Holtville sits 10 miles from the Mexican border, but this story isn’t about immigration, the need (or lack) of a wall or border ministry. It’s much bigger than that. “We do a lot of discipleship both in English and Spanish,” said Richard Moore …

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NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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