International

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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Nigerian reaches Africa through Minneapolis

March 5 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Philip Nache could have given in to despair. Boko Haram, the jihadist militant group located in Nigeria, had threatened his life, martyred a convert to Christianity and continued to intimidate Christians. But despite the danger, Nache expected to return to his people, where he’d spent nearly 20 years ministering, pastoring and planting churches.

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Cuba ramps up religious persecution after election

March 1 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Cuban pastors fear the government will further restrict religious freedom after clergy actively opposed the nation’s new constitution, a religious liberty advocate said Feb. 28. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), tracking religious persecution in Cuba and 20 other countries, said the Cuban Communist Party (CCP) is fearful of pastors because they sway public sentiment.

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BGR joins movement for disaster response standards

February 26 2019 by BGR and Baptist Press Staff

Baptist Global Response (BGR) has been accepted as an associate member of Sphere, a movement to uphold high standards in humanitarian work during disaster responses. With its inclusion in Sphere, BGR “joins other international organizations in affirming the need for knowing what to do in a time of crisis to meet the survival needs of people …

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Faye Pearson, first woman IMB area director, dies

February 25 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Faye Pearson, the first woman to serve as an area director for the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB), died Feb. 20 following a long battle with cancer. She was 78. Pearson started her career in the early 1960s as many women did then – working as a secretary, teacher and church education director.

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Cuba’s proposed constitution cuts religious freedom

February 19 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Cuban pastors are resisting pressure to support a Feb. 24 constitutional referendum that further limits religious freedoms in the Communist nation, international religious liberty advocates said. The referendum comes amid a growth in Christianity in Cuba, Southern Baptists active there have said, including a reported 43,072 professions of faith among Eastern Cuban Baptists in 2017.

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Gospel reaches complex culture

February 19 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Full of color, life, beauty and disparity, Miami is a city where “you can lose yourself and find yourself all at the same time,” said church planting missionary Muche Ukegbu. Miami’s spectrum of economic, ethnic and cultural diversity generates a complexity that Ukegbu and his family have been navigating since moving to the city …

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Immigrant hospitality center opens in Lincolnton

February 18 2019 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Baptists have opened a new Immigrant Hospitality Center in Lincolnton that will provide legal counsel and other help to immigrants. The center is not just a building, but rather is “a community effort to show love to our neighbors,” said center director Bobby Farmer. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) is a major supporter …

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Chitwood: IMB must communicate with Southern Baptists

February 13 2019 by IMB Staff

International Mission Board President (IMB) Paul Chitwood has set forth his vision for Southern Baptists staying abreast of the work of the nearly 3,700 IMB missionaries taking the gospel to the nations. “Stewarding the unique role of the IMB in the missionary call requires that we are able to communicate with Southern Baptists,” …

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Macedonian Baptists awaken to church planting

February 13 2019 by IMB Staff

They realized they had been missing something. A group of Macedonian church leaders gathered in 2017 in the small nation’s capital, Skopje, to talk about evangelism and church planting. But when they discussed starting new groups as a method of outreach in the European nation of 2 million, no one had anything to contribute …

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