International

Typhoon Yutu work begins, other DR efforts continue

November 2 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Last week Typhoon Yutu overwhelmed a U.S. territory, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Islands (CNMI), which is part of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC). Meanwhile, Southern Baptists have been in the midst of organizing a response. On Oct. 24, Yutu reportedly swallowed the 67 square-mile island of Saipan, endangering the roughly 52,000 inhabitants.

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Asia Bibi freed, conviction overturned

November 1 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian mother Asia Bibi was released Oct. 31 from Pakistan’s death row after the nation’s Supreme Court reversed her 2010 conviction of blasphemy. Religious liberty advocates globally expressed jubilation and pleas that Pakistan’s military protect Bibi. Meanwhile, Muslim extremists reportedly began burning tires in the streets. Pakistan issued a heightened security alert hours in advance of the announcement …

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Venezuelans, fleeing tumult, to find aid on a mountain

November 1 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

When Nelson Martínez’s father died this summer, Martínez inherited a piece of property half a day up the mountain from his hometown of Cúcuta, Colombia. The property sits at 10,000 feet at the top of a cold, often rainy mountain pass.

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An exodus from Venezuela & new ministry in Chile

November 1 2018 by IMB Staff

Insecure and unstable describe life in Venezuela. The country is running out of food. It has recorded more murders – 28,000 in 2017 – than countries at war. Venezuela’s population of 30 million people is decreasing, with more than 4 million emigrations in the past 10 years. 

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California seafarers’ ministry touches the world

October 31 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

About 2,000 ships that can be as long as four football fields each, and carry 9,000 or more 40-foot containers, enter the Port of Long Beach every year, each vessel with fewer than 25 crew members. The crew, who have been 15 to 20 days crossing the Pacific from Asia …

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Greear joins call for genocide label in Myanmar

October 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has joined a diverse coalition in urging Donald Trump's administration to label as genocide the brutalities against religious and ethnic minorities in Myanmar. Greear and more than 75 other signers sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Oct. 17 requesting the official designation …

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‘Security’ only reason for Asia Bibi verdict delay

October 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Security is the only reason Pakistan’s Supreme Court is delaying its ruling in an Oct. 8 appeal of Christian mother Asia Bibi’s blasphemy conviction, a religious liberty expert told Baptist Press. “There’s only one reason, security,” said Shaheryar Gill, senior litigation counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

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Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

October 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“And by God’s grace, we’ll make it,” one of 276 Christian schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped from Chibok proclaims in the preview of an upcoming HBO documentary on the captives who’ve been released. “Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram” showcases 103 Chibok schoolgirls struggling to regain normalcy nearly five years after their ordeal began.

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Imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson free at last

October 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Pastor Andrew Brunson arrived in the United States Oct. 13, released after two years’ incarceration on disputed charges that could have led to life imprisonment. He was welcomed by President Donald Trump in an Oval Office meeting, where Brunson knelt and prayed for the president.

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Christian, ethnic persecution ‘nightmare’ in China

October 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christians and ethnic minorities are living a “nightmare” in China under President Xi Jinping, a congressional commission report released Oct. 10 documents. Jinping’s unmerciful program to “Sinicize” religion into a government-controlled framework, marginalize ethnic minorities including Uyghur Muslims, and redefine human rights intensified in 2018, making life a nightmare for civilians …

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