International

Sudan Christians: ‘Only Jesus can bring true peace’

July 2 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Nationwide civilian protests for democracy resumed June 30 in Sudan, where democratic rule could decrease Christian persecution under Sharia law. Eight people were killed and about 200 were injured as tens of thousands protested to establish civilian rule, according to reports from the Associated Press and the New York Times

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Southern Baptists respond to border crisis

June 28 2019 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN

While state and national officials craft responses to the humanitarian crisis along the Mexico border, Southern Baptist entities – including the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) – are actively engaged in addressing the migrant influx. “The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before …

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2019 human trafficking report: U.S. has work to do

June 28 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The U.S. is among 33 top countries fighting human trafficking but falls short in prosecuting traffickers, aiding victims and tackling forced labor in particular, the U.S. State Department said in its latest report. Faith communities can help countries address human trafficking, which currently victimizes an estimated 25 million adults and children worldwide …

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China abuses underscored in religious freedom report

June 26 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

Despite “glimmers of progress” in religious freedom globally last year, key concerns were noted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in releasing the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom (IRF). Travis Wussow of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said he looks forward to the report’s release each year …

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Sudan Christians fearful amid deadly revolution

June 24 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Persecuted Christians in Sudan are discouraged and fearful after the military massacre of protesters seeking civilian rule that, amid Sharia law, could protect religious freedom. A Southern Baptist eyewitness to protests in Khartoum ahead of the June 3 massacre, who requested anonymity, updated Baptist Press on the Christian minority in the mostly Sunni Muslim country.

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Longtime missionary to Japan Ralph Calcote, 95, dies

June 21 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Every week a small group of World War II and Korea veterans meet in Wesson, Miss., to drink coffee, maybe eat lunch, swap stories and remember comrades who died. But Ralph Calcote no longer joins the Greatest Generation Coffee Club, having died at age 95 on May 9.

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‘The nations are waiting,’ Chitwood tells SBC

June 17 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

Massive cyclones in sub-Saharan Africa. Political and humanitarian crises in the Americas. Gangs among the Deaf. Police arrests in Southeast Asia. Slander in Central Asia. Even amid such difficulties, International Mission Board (IMB) personnel are seeing God create opportunities for people to hear a clear gospel witness, IMB President Paul Chitwood reported …

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Resolutions contend for vulnerable, gospel

June 14 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Messengers to the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention advocated for the vulnerable against abortion, sexual abuse and religious persecution in approving 13 resolutions June 12. The resolutions also addressed a variety of other noteworthy issues in the convention and the world, including local church autonomy, same-sex attraction, justice, women in the military draft and gene editing.

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26 new missionaries obey God’s call to the nations

June 13 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

David and Zoey Lee know they can go as Southern Baptist missionaries today because Christian believers in the past sacrificed to get the gospel to their homeland – a truth they shared June 11 during a Sending Celebration to honor the appointment of 26 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.

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IMB sex abuse prevention underway amid new report

June 4 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A new media report on sex abuse allegations, admissions and convictions involving former International Mission Board (IMB) workers comes as the IMB is implementing extensive sex abuse prevention reforms. The IMB is hiring a full-time senior staff member to oversee prevention response efforts, will involve outside legal counsel when reports of child abuse …

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