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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NAMB’s 2018 topped by Annie Offering, disaster relief

December 21 2018 by NAMB Staff

In 2018 Southern Baptists stepped up their support of North American missions while helping thousands of disaster survivors who endured devastating hurricanes, fires and floods as well as a church in Texas after a tragedy that shocked the world. Here is a look at some of the highlights from 2018 …

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Pakistan added to worst religious liberty violators

December 17 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The United States added a single country to its list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom but designated for the first time nine non-state organizations for their violence against people of faith. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Dec. 11 he had added …

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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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