Chinese Christians: ‘We will stand strong’

December 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

As China continues to hunt down and arrest members of a house church in Sichuan Province, many of the 100 or more Christians arrested reportedly pledged in advance to persevere even until death. Gina Goh, Southeast Asia regional manager for International Christian Concern, said many leaders of Autumn Rain Covenant Church …

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World Vision among aid groups ousted from Pakistan

December 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country known for persecuting religious minorities, has expelled 18 aid organizations including World Vision and other Christian groups. The expulsions will affect more than 11 million aid recipients in the country that suffers in healthcare and education, entailing an estimated loss of more than $130 million in annual aid, the Associated Press reported.

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Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director

December 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Felix Cabrera is the new executive director of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, he confirmed to Baptist Press (BP) Dec. 6. The executive board of the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) asked Cabrera to fill the executive post after the group met this week.

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IMB workers, Summit Church reaching Ukraine

December 7 2018 by IMB staff

In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago. And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board (IMB) worker and Ukrainian believers – along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church …

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Hispanic church’s ‘miracle’ partnership

December 5 2018 by IMB staff

Daniel Tuchez remembers the day he got the call. The International Mission Board’s (IMB) director of Hispanic mobilization called and said, “I need you to pray about this city in Southeast Asia, because it is going to be opening up, and maybe there are opportunities,’” recalled Tuchez, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tenn.

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Hawaii Baptists get missions training, tweak budget

November 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) received evangelism training from International Mission Board (IMB) personnel and welcomed into their fellowship congregations in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines. Gathering around the theme “We Are Hawaii Pacific Missions,” 191 messengers and 87 guests met Nov. 8-9 at Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu.

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Puerto Rico Baptists expanding Kingdom post-Maria

November 30 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

Southern Baptists of Puerto Rico gained nine new congregations at the group’s 2018 annual meeting, held just over a year after Hurricane Maria cut church attendance by as much as a third in the U.S. territory. “To the expansion of the Kingdom of God” was the theme as the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico …

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Tiny ‘beka’ stone helps confirm, clarify scripture

November 29 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Archaeologists’ discovery of a small weight from the period of Israel’s monarchy helps confirm the Old Testament system of weights and the existence of Solomon’s Temple, two Southern Baptist archaeologists say. A “beka,” a stone weight equivalent to about one-fifth of an ounce, was discovered by archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority …

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First gene-edited babies ‘a bridge too far’

November 28 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Evangelical bioethicists have joined many of their secular peers in condemning research that reportedly led to the birth this month of the world’s first genetically edited babies. In addition to echoing secular scientists’ concern about so-called “designer babies,” the evangelicals objected to destruction of embryos that occurred in the gene-editing process.

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‘Crazy’ or called?: Missionary’s death debated

November 27 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The last reported sighting of American missionary John Allen Chau was Nov. 17. Fishermen off the coast of India’s North Sentinel island spotted what they thought was his lifeless body being dragged across the beach and buried by members of the Sentinelese tribe.

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