International

U.S. expands ban on overseas abortion funding

March 28 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The U.S. will strengthen and expand a policy withholding federal funds from overseas groups that offer or promote abortions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said March 26. Called the Mexico City Policy, it was crafted during the Reagan administration and renewed under President Donald Trump requiring nongovernmental overseas aid and health organizations to abandon abortion …

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Brownback: Christian media key to religious freedom

March 28 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Christian communicators play a key role in combatting persecution in foreign countries and defending religious freedom in the United States, speakers said in a public policy session March 26 during the National Religious Broadcasters’ (NRB) International Christian Media Convention, Proclaim 19.

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After Mozambique cyclone, Baptists ‘stepping up’

March 27 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Following a cyclone in Mozambique that killed at least 446 people, Baptist Global Response (BGR) and the International Mission Board (IMB) have begun disaster relief ministry in the southeast African nation and are preparing to broaden their response. “We have implemented a water and sanitation project in one of the displaced communities …

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Will Brazil honor Jerusalem as Israeli capital?

March 26 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Newly elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro may withhold recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during his upcoming visit to the Middle East, possibly reneging on a campaign pledge. Opposition from military officers in Brazil’s cabinet may hinder Bolsonaro from relocating Brazil’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, JewishPress.com has reported.

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Former IMB missionary leader Steve Smith, 57, dies

March 25 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Steve Smith, who filled key leadership roles in Asia with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB), died March 13 after a long illness. He was 57. Smith and his wife Laura served with IMB for 18 years, always focused on parts of the world where the gospel was little known.

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8-year-old refugee credits God for chess win

March 22 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Christian Nigerian family seeking religious asylum in the U.S. credits God for their son’s New York statewide chess victory and their new apartment after two years of homelessness. Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi won the New York State Primary Chess tournament in his age group and is preparing for the U.S. national championship in May.

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280 Christians killed in attacks in Nigeria

March 20 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian deaths are spiraling in Nigeria as militant Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists escalate their attacks, according to reports from religious liberty watchdog groups active there. As many as 280 people were killed in Christian communities in several attacks spanning February through mid-March in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, according to varying reports from Christian Solidarity …

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New Zealand mosque massacre condemned, prayer pledged

March 18 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

“Evil” and “horrific” are among the ways Southern Baptist Convention leaders described a shooting rampage at two Islamic mosques in New Zealand that left at least 49 (50) people dead March 15. “Religious liberty means freedom to worship according to one’s conscience without fear,” SBC President J.D. Greear tweeted.

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Missionary nurse leaves legacy of caring

March 15 2019 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

While Ellen Tabor served faithfully in Korea for 20 years as a medical missionary beside her husband, some of her most recognizable impact came after the couple returned to North Carolina. Myrtle Ellen Dennis Tabor, 90, died March 10 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem after suffering a heart attack and stroke.

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Anti-child trafficking ministry goes national, global

March 13 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

From the National Palace in Guatemala to the Oval Office in Washington, leaders of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes have found themselves advocating for child sex trafficking victims on international and national platforms. This year, they have led a conference for Guatemalan government officials on child trafficking and were present at the White House in January …

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