International

Asia Bibi victory draws praise, caution from advocates

January 31 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who escaped death from a disputed blasphemy conviction in Pakistan, has stirred optimism as a legal victory and caution over her safety. The Pakistan Supreme Court upheld Bibi’s acquittal Jan. 29. The three-judge panel ruled against Islamic extremists who challenged the court’s October decision to free Bibi.

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Kammerdiener leaves legacy of service to missions

January 25 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, IMB

Donald R. Kammerdiener, a longtime missionary and administrator with the International Mission Board (IMB), died Jan. 23. He was 82. Kammerdiener was especially known as the steady hand administering day-to-day operations of the IMB under two presidents and stepping in to lead as interim president between the two, spanning a period from 1990 through 2001.

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Chitwood to be installed as IMB president Feb. 6

January 24 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

The International Mission Board (IMB) will install Paul Chitwood formally as its 13th president on Feb. 6 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. The public is invited to attend the installation service, which will include a Sending Celebration honoring the appointment of 19 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.

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Christian women targets for persecution: Open Doors

January 18 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Targeted Christian persecution tailored to hurt women is trending globally, Open Doors reported in its 2019 World Watch List of 50 countries most dangerous for Christians to practice their faith. “The data proves conclusively that Christian women are the most exploited group on the face of the earth today,” Open Doors President David Curry said …

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Open Doors: Christian persecution up 14% worldwide

January 17 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The number of Christians suffering high to extremely high persecution is 14 percent more in 2019, Open Doors reported, counting 245 million individuals globally. Persecution driven by Islamic extremism and Communist authoritarianism in the world’s two most populous countries, India and China, marked the increase, Open Doors said Jan. 16 …

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European homeschool ruling ‘ignores’ parents’ rights

January 16 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling to uphold Germany’s homeschool prohibition has been called a matter of concern for “anyone who cares about freedom.” The ECHR, based in Strasbourg, France, ruled Jan. 10 that Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s human rights were not violated when German officials forcibly removed their four children …

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Dutch backlash to Nashville Statement ‘ominous’

January 14 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In the Netherlands, signatories of The Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality have been threatened with criminal prosecution, admonished by employers and derided by protests. The episode has been cited by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. as “an ominous warning” of religious liberty restrictions to come in the U.S.

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Venezuelans find mercy in arduous exodus from tumult

January 9 2019 by Monica Starr, International Mission Board

Night descends rapidly on the small plaza where a penetrating drizzle falls onto the cold stone floor. About 35 men, most in short sleeves or sleeveless shirts, huddle under the only two trees. Meanwhile, two young women scurry to pull together an improvised “tent” of black plastic trash bags while trying to keep a small girl dry …

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2.8 billion lost people & you

January 2 2019 by Keith Shorter

Have you ever stood face to face with someone who has never heard of the name of Jesus? If so, it is not an experience you will soon forget.   Several years ago, a family from our church was serving as Christian workers in the mountains of China.

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IMB sees 2018 as year of transitions

December 21 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

For the International Mission Board (IMB), 2018 proved to be a year of transitions – both beginnings and endings. They elected a new president in November. And Southern Baptists continued pushing forward in sharing the gospel with the vision of a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ.

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