International

Gardening cultivates work in the Lord’s fields

July 26 2019 by Madeline Arthington, IMB

International Mission Board missionaries Gary and Carolyn Miller are tapping into a Hungarian love of nature to build bridges for gospel work through a program called “The Master’s Gardeners.” The idea of using a horticultural program to share the gospel came to Gary several years ago while he was prayerwalking.

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State Department religious liberty event shows gains

July 25 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Described as the largest religious freedom event in world history, the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom demonstrated a growth in support for the cause even as advocates received a reminder of its grave need. The U.S. State Department convened its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 16-18 in Washington, D.C. …

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Former heroin addict finds Christ in fishing village

July 24 2019 by Lucy Campbell, IMB

“I believe this. I want to be baptized.” Mark was just one of the men recovering from heroin addiction at “The Well,” a rehabilitation center founded by Southern Baptist missionaries in sub-Saharan Africa. His new start in recovery led to his new beginning in eternal life. Located inside a concrete building formerly frequented by heroin addicts …

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Sudan Christians may benefit from new accord

July 23 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A new power-sharing agreement to establish civilian rule in Sudan is potentially good news for persecuted Christians there, religious liberty watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) said. “This could very well be a historic change for the country of Sudan and for its suffering Christian population,” Nathan Johnson, ICC regional manager for Africa, said …

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‘Jesus’ erased from N. Korea, Bae says at ERLC event

July 23 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

North Korea’s decades-long attempt to eliminate Christianity has practically erased any knowledge of Jesus for citizens, attendees were told July 18 at a Capitol Hill event sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC hosted the meeting on religious liberty under the dictatorial regime at a U.S. Senate office building …

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New Iranian believer quickly begins sharing his faith

July 23 2019 by Rae Hamilton, IMB

Dry and dusty. Rocky and hard. Much of the soil in the Middle East is like this. But the soil of Iran is rich and fertile, even so from a spiritual perspective. Amir*, a young Iranian man with a ponytail, received the Book of John and heard the gospel from a group of believers.

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Middle Eastern men delve into God’s Word

July 23 2019 by IMB Staff

He is a local believer who is faithfully leading a Bible study for a group of his friends in the Middle East. These men all grew up following the teachings of Muhammad, but now they have made the life-altering decision to follow Christ. They face persecution and discrimination because of their choice.

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ERLC video on N. Korea: Churches meet despite risks

July 22 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

North Korean followers of Jesus continue to worship in underground churches despite the totalitarian regime’s ongoing effort to eradicate Christianity, according to a new documentary film produced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The ERLC premiered the 10-minute video – “Humanity Denied: Religious Freedom in North Korea …

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Vietnamese Baptists to aim for year-round ministry

July 18 2019 by Tobin Perry

The Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America celebrated their largest-ever annual meeting – 1,500 attendees – when they gathered for four days in Atlanta. In their 35th annual meeting, the group adopted a new name, the Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America, from the previous Vietnamese Baptist Fellowship of North America. The union’s president, Chien Thang Uc …

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Cambodian Baptists regaining generational unity

July 18 2019 by Tobin Perry

Seang Yiv has been part of the Cambodian Southern Baptist Fellowship for nearly 30 years, but he’s never heard a prayer quite like the one shared by Timothy Sieng at the fellowship’s recent meeting. “He expressed his love for his parents and grandparents – and his desire for people in his generation to be reconciled …

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