Refugees ‘people that need help,’ simulation shows

May 23 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Imagine having to either flee with the one child in your arms or run amid gunfire in search of your other children perhaps already killed by terrorists attacking your community. Brian Moore was one of about 100 others who encountered such a decision May 15 at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. …

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Refugee crisis: IMB’s Chitwood goes to Capitol Hill

May 20 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Only days after witnessing Venezuelan refugees’ plight on the Colombia border, and mere weeks after praying with refugees in Uganda, International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood traveled to Capitol Hill May 16 to discuss the global refugee crises with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Nigeria violence draws joint religious liberty cry

May 17 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Escalating violence that has killed thousands of Christians in Central Nigeria must be addressed by the international Christian community and a Nigerian government that has harassed victims, a global religious liberty coalition noted after its 2019 consultation in Abuja. The frequent attacks can no longer be blamed on a centuries old land dispute between Christians and Fulani herdsmen …

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Chitwood on border thanks Baptists for Venezuela aid

May 14 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood ends May 13 a weeklong trip that included the Venezuelan border where he encouraged Baptists and area convention leaders ministering to refugees amid the nation’s collapsed economy and political strife. “We’re thankful that Southern Baptists are here ministering to the needs of people who really are in …

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Asia Bibi exits Pakistan, joins family in Canada

May 9 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Persecuted Christian mother Asia Bibi has joined her husband and children in Canada, months after her acquittal of false blasphemy charges and her release from Pakistan’s death row. Bibi’s attorney Saif-ul-Malook told several news outlets of her safe arrival in Ottawa within the past two days, first reported May 8.

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Islam in North America event urges hope, not fear

May 6 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

By the year 2050, the Muslim population in North America is reportedly projected to double. That figure might trouble some people in the United States, but pastor Micah Fries believes Christians have no reason to be concerned. The North American Mission Board hosted an event on May 2, in Alpharetta, Ga., based on Fries’ and Keith Whitfield’s book …

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USCIRF commends U.S., seeks more on religious liberty

May 6 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Trump administration again demonstrated a commitment to global religious liberty in 2018, but the United States and other countries must do more to hold severe violators accountable, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said in its 2019 report. The report, issued April 29, provides an international overview and individual reports and recommendations …

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‘Stories of Hope’ podcast launched by Send Relief

May 3 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

When a hurricane devastates a community or constant poverty leaves people hungry, how does the local church encounter its neighbors to meet needs? What steps do a pastor and his congregation need to take to see lives changed by the gospel? A new podcast from Send Relief, the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board …

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Europeans will pay church tax, won’t attend church

May 3 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Despite Europe’s increasing secularization, most residents of six European countries studied by the Pew Research Center continue to pay a tax designated for support of religious organizations – though they are permitted to opt out. At least 68 percent of taxpayers pay the traditional church tax in every country featured in the study, amounting to billions of euros annually …

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Father barred from calling daughter ‘she’

May 2 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A father in Canada has committed “family violence,” according to a Canadian court, for referring to his teenage daughter as a female in spite of her desire to transition to a male gender identity. The Supreme Court of Canada’s British Columbia province issued a “protection order” barring the father from referring to his daughter …

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