International

‘Security’ only reason for Asia Bibi verdict delay

October 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Security is the only reason Pakistan’s Supreme Court is delaying its ruling in an Oct. 8 appeal of Christian mother Asia Bibi’s blasphemy conviction, a religious liberty expert told Baptist Press. “There’s only one reason, security,” said Shaheryar Gill, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

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Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

October 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“And by God’s grace, we’ll make it,” one of 276 Christian schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped from Chibok proclaims in the preview of an upcoming HBO documentary on the captives who’ve been released. “Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram” showcases 103 Chibok schoolgirls struggling to regain normalcy nearly five years after their ordeal began.

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Imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson free at last

October 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Pastor Andrew Brunson arrived in the United States Oct. 13, released after two years’ incarceration on disputed charges that could have led to life imprisonment. He was welcomed by President Donald Trump in an Oval Office meeting, where Brunson knelt and prayed for the president.

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Christian, ethnic persecution ‘nightmare’ in China

October 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christians and ethnic minorities are living a “nightmare” in China under President Xi Jinping, a congressional commission report released Oct. 10 documents. Jinping’s unmerciful program to “Sinicize” religion into a government-controlled framework, marginalize ethnic minorities including Uyghur Muslims, and redefine human rights intensified in 2018, making life a nightmare for civilians …

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Christian mother’s life in hands of Pakistani court

October 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian mother Asia Bibi only offered a Muslim coworker a drink of water. Subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, Bibi awaits the result of her final court appeal heard Oct. 8. The coworker said Bibi’s Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, setting off a chain of false accusations …

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2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million

October 8 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide – the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received. 

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Nobel winner’s evolution claims stir response

October 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry have been hailed by the body to award the prize as demonstrating “the power of evolution.” But scientists with Answers in Genesis (AiG) and the Discovery Institute say the Nobel laureates have made no such demonstration and, in fact, have illustrated the necessity of an intelligent designer …

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Annie Armstrong Easter Offering tops $61 million

October 4 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), announced to trustees during their meeting that the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions broke the $60 million mark for the first time ever in 2018, with Southern Baptists giving $6-1.1 million.

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Sebastian Traeger to leave IMB VP post

October 3 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Sebastian Traeger, executive vice president (EVP) of the International Mission Board (IMB), has announced he will resign Nov. 15 at the next meeting of IMB trustees. Traeger tied his resignation to the departure of David Platt as IMB president to pastor a church in northern Virginia.

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Southern Baptist churches appoint 66 missionaries

October 1 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries on Sept. 26, at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., with each new missionary sharing firsthand how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His gospel to people who have never heard it.

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