Uzbekistan’s religious liberty violations mount

July 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Two new requirements for religious organizations seeking government recognition in Uzbekistan are said to evidence the Central Asian nation’s continued restriction of religious liberty. Comprising five former Soviet republics, Central Asia includes Uzbekistan and two other countries on the U.S. State Department’s list of countries of particular concern (CPCs) for religious liberty violations: Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness

July 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

American pastor Andrew Brunson’s continued imprisonment in Turkey following a July 18 court hearing is probably an act of political maneuvering rather than Islamic persecution, two Islamic studies professors say. Resurgent conservative Islam in Turkey is, however, part of the background, the professors say …

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Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

July 19 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector

The concept of “giving the shirt off your back” took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June. “Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase.

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Dripping Springs primed to reach sprawling Austin

July 17 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

First Baptist Church in Dripping Springs was about 20 miles from Austin when it was founded in 1875 in a community of about 200 people. But Austin’s vast growth has reached Dripping Springs, and the church is positioned to reach the 35,000 living there now.

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African nation’s Baptists stirred to advance gospel

July 16 2018 by IMB Staff

In the country that birthed voodoo, Baptists in Benin are working to pray for and support the spread of the gospel in the Sub-Saharan country. It’s a story IMB missionary Barbara Singerman can’t share without tearing up. “They are investing in missions,” she said. “They are expressing a love and appreciation and oneness – participation in the work.

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IMB toughens cyber security after data breach

July 13 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

A data breach occurred at the International Mission Board that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees, volunteers and applicants. The Southern Baptist entity launched a “comprehensive response” immediately upon discovering the cyber security incident and promptly notified law enforcement officials, according to a statement released to the Biblical Recorder on July 12.

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World Cup stirs witness despite crackdown

July 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Russia’s 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques – like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts – evangelicals still have managed to harness the world’s largest sporting event for gospel witness.

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Lessons from a cave rescue

July 13 2018 by Lonnie Wilkey

For nearly three weeks, the world’s attention has been focused on Thailand where 12 soccer players and their coach were trapped in a cave for 18 days. The boys escaped the cave with little time to spare as water pumps failed immediately after their rescue, flooding the area they had vacated.

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In Haiti, ‘Lord kept us in eye of storm’

July 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Safe flights from Haiti following a violent citizen uprising have allowed most Southern Baptist mission teams to return to the U.S., Baptist Press has learned. Teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee returned to the U.S. beginning July 9 after air travel resumed from the island nation.

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Will missions solve your porn problem? No.

July 11 2018 by Keelan Cook

Let me just come out and say it: pornography is a problem that impacts the mission field. In our #MeToo era, we’re used to seeing web articles speaking of the dangers of pornography. We hear – and it is most certainly true – that pornography is both the result of and fuel for the objectification of humanity.

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