‘After Maria’: Puerto Rico remains changed by storm

September 21 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Before Maria and after Maria” is the word on the streets of Puerto Rico. “That’s how life changed,” native Puerto Rican and Southern Baptist minister Jonathan Santiago told Baptist Press a year after the hurricane. In Santiago’s observation, churches, including Southern Baptist congregations, lost about 35 percent of their attendance.

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Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

September 18 2018 by Trennis Henderson, WMU

Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship (BNF) has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director. Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings.

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China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

September 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom. Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported.

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SWBTS English institute aiding int’l students

September 12 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) English Language Institute (ELI) is now assisting full-time international students who need to improve their English comprehension. “Students who couldn’t study here before at Southwestern now have a pathway,” said Caitlin Yowell, ELI director. “The intensive English program is a fast-paced study program.

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Immigrants at the border: people, not statistics, four ministers conclude

September 7 2018 by Mike Creswell, Contributing Writer

Immigration is one of America’s greatest issues of our time: noisy, divisive and politically charged. But all that buzz fell away this summer when four North Carolinians journeyed from Arizona across the U.S./Mexico border into Nogales, Mexico. At the border, the four talked with scores of people – almost all families – who were waiting to get into the United States.

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South Asia church planter gets nurture for his vision

September 7 2018 by IMB Staff

Sampson* grew up in a Christian home where his father was the pastor of a large traditional church in South Asia. When Sampson got married, God began to stir his heart for a new work in one of South Asia’s largest cities, more than 250 miles from his home and family. 

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Agriculture: A way BGR sows seeds of God’s love

September 6 2018 by Casey Watson, Baptist Global Response

The light was soft as Monica* weeded her garden on a community farm in South Sudan. A picture from that day shows her sitting quietly among other garden plots, her legs folded demurely under her thin body. A long scarf is tied around her head for protection from the blazing African sun.

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Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

September 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An international Hindu confab in the U.S. that organizers describe as a unity initiative will include radical and violent Hindu nationalists, International Christian Concern (ICC) charged Sept. 5. The second World Hindu Congress convening Sept. 7-9 in Chicago will encourage the use of Hindu philosophy, according to event organizers, to address issues of politics, education and commerce …

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University Hills pastor moving to Botswana

September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

On Aug. 12, the senior pastor of University Hills Baptist Church in Charlotte shared with the congregation his plans to serve in a different mission field. Fourteen years ago, Coye and Sherra Still left their work as Southern Baptist missionaries in South Asia to serve the University Hills church.

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Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

August 31 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year’s end. Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25.

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