International

Missionary couple perseveres through challenges in Rio de Janeiro

December 13 2011 by Tristan Taylor

His greatest fear: One day, he will go out to share the gospel and not come back. IMB missionary Eric Reese serves on one of the most dangerous mission fields in South America — the gang-controlled favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Interview with a Brazilian drug lord: A first-person account

December 13 2011 by Tristan Taylor

Four years ago, a drug lord called “The Godfather” wanted Eric Reese dead. Reese, an IMB missionary in Brazil, works in the gang-controlled favelas (slums) of Rio de Janeiro. His ministry puts him in contact with prostitutes, drug dealers and gang leaders. Frequently, he finds himself in dangerous situations on streets where violence often rules.

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Refugee center in Europe lacks funds but not opportunity

December 12 2011 by Beth Alexander

She is looking for a little good news. Shirin has found her way to a refugee center in Europe run by Southern Baptist workers. A worker calls Shirin’s grown daughter in the U.S. — Shirin is desperate to reconnect.

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Young refugees journey through trauma toward hope

December 12 2011 by Beth Alexander

Many Afghan families, desperate for a better life, pay fortunes to a highly developed network of smugglers who help them escape difficult situations. Often they send their children alone to freedom before the rest of the family can follow.

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Factories make impact in China

December 9 2011 by Susie Rain, Baptist Press

DONGGUAN, China (BP) — The taxi races down the elevated 10-lane highway. There’s not much to look at on this journey. Endless rows of blank-faced factories barricaded behind 6-foot metal fences line both sides of the road.

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First-Person: An inside look at human trafficking

December 8 2011 by Martha Richards

SOUTH AFRICA (BP)—The odors of liquor, smoke and sweat permeate the air. One small bulb lights the alleyway. Traffic is light on the main road, but this side street keeps busy.

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Unreached people groups in London bring challenges to missionaries

December 7 2011 by Elaine Gaston

Descend into the extensive London underground transport system and only station names on tiled walls tell what lies above ground. Signs for “Victoria” and “Waterloo” signal bustling railway stations above. Climb the steps from the Oxford and Piccadilly Circus underground stations to reach premier shopping districts in the City.

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‘Queen’ reflects fondly on 35 years in Nigeria

December 5 2011 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor

Shirley Gunn learned to live by some simple rules during her nearly 35 years as an IMB (International Mission Board) missionary in Nigeria – spend time with and love others, hold tight to the Word of God, and keep her eyes open when praying with strangers.

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Jerusalem: Searching for peace

December 5 2011 by Reed Flannigan, Baptist Press

As Jesus approached Jerusalem for the last time, He wept. He thought about the people within its walls and said, “If you had only known on this day what would bring you peace.” He knew within hours He’d be crucified by the very people for whom He wept.

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Japanese businessman goes from high finance to homelessness

December 2 2011 by Tess Rivers

TOKYO (BP)—Kiyoshi Sugioka entered the busy Tokyo train station in July 2009 with a single purpose in mind — to end his life. Dressed in a business suit and dress shirt, the 53-year-old man looked like any of the hundreds of Japanese businessmen crowding the station.

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