International

IMB Sending Celebration adds 47 new missionaries

June 15 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 47 new missionaries sent by Southern Baptist churches to take the gospel to the nations during their June 10-11 meeting in Dallas. The new missionaries were part of a Sending Celebration June 12 during the evening session of the SBC annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison …

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Lottie Moon gifts $5M ahead of last year

June 11 2018 by Julie McGowan, International Mission Board

Southern Baptists’ contributions to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering are 3.75 percent ahead of the May 2017 offering totals, according to a report by Rodney Freeman, IMB treasurer and vice president of support services. At the end of May, IMB had received $142,683,654 so far for the 2017-2018 campaign, which began …

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U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

June 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The United States has a responsibility to act to curtail extremist violence in Nigeria, religious freedom and human rights advocates from both countries said in a Capitol Hill briefing. The June 5 event, sponsored by International Christian Concern (ICC), focused on a West African country that is by far the largest population-wise on the continent …

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Mission team ‘safe’ 10 miles from Fuego’s eruption

June 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Southern Baptist youth mission team already in Guatemala when a volcano erupted there June 3 is safe and helping churches house and feed survivors. The 10-member team from Bear Cove Baptist Church in Sparta, Tenn., had arrived in Escuintla City June 1 to help Baptist churches there evangelize urban youth, church youth minister Justin …

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148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescued

June 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Nearly 150 children and adults enslaved by Boko Haram terrorists for sex and labor have been rescued from a remote camp in Borno state, Nigeria’s defense leaders said June 4. “The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 women and 75 children revealed ... that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used … 

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Ancient biblical coins discovered

May 30 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends

They’re only 7 millimeters wide, but these coins appear to be a big find. The Temple Mount Sifting Project recently discovered five rare coins dating from the 4th century B.C. This doubles the number unearthed so far and provides some of the earliest evidence of Jewish coin minting in Israel.

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Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactions

May 15 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion and celebrated the modern state of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Meanwhile, more than 50 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli military as they protested the Donald Trump administration’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

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Mother’s Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

May 15 2018 by Morning Star News

Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks beginning Mother’s Day that reportedly killed at least 25 people. East Java police told reporters May 14 that 13 of the 25 dead were the assailants, according to the Jakarta Post.

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ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

May 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Religious freedom should be a priority for U.S. relations with autocratic regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Southern Baptist policy specialist told members of Congress. Steven Harris called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

May 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The release of three American Christians from North Korea is hopefully an early sign of Christian revival in the Asian nation, Paul Kim said. “It’s bigger than just releasing the three individuals,” said Kim, Asian American relations consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “I think there will be very exciting things happening.”

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