International

Greensboro church reaches immigrant neighbors

April 15 2019 by Liz Tablazon, Biblical Recorder

Ther Dee came to the United States as a Karen refugee six years ago. When asked why he wanted to become a U.S. citizen, he said, smiling, “I live in America. I love America.” Dee is one of about 20 refugees and immigrants who attend a weekly citizenship class at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church (FABC) in Greensboro, N.C.

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ERLC, others defend religious liberty at U.N.

April 11 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity and other advocacy organizations have expressed concern to the United Nations regarding the Malaysian government’s continued refusal to protect the right of all citizens to practice their faith.  The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International and the World Evangelical Alliance …

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Prosperity gospel a problem in Africa, Chitwood says

April 10 2019 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

There’s a deacon in Uganda who will gladly pray for church members who pay a few shillings; another preacher says God will bless them with a car or house if they are willing to give him some money. And another preaches John the Baptist was born of a virgin birth. 

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IMB’s Chitwood encourages refugees, missionaries

April 5 2019 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

With only one arm, Agnes carries a five-gallon jug on her head in a refugee camp near the South Sudan border in northern Uganda. On her own, she’s a single mom with two children to care for and has to make the hour-long trek because it’s the closest well to her house.

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Kazakhstan police raid 3rd Baptist church this year

April 5 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

A police raid on a Baptist worship service in Kazakhstan is the latest reported incident in a long string of religious liberty violations in the Central Asian country. The raid, in early March, brought the total to three Baptist churches invaded and fined in the city of Taraz in a seven-week span, according to news sources.

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4th Chinese church raid could signal broad crackdown

March 29 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Beijing’s Shouwang Church has become the fourth major underground church raided by authorities in China during the past seven months. The raids have led some to speculate the Chinese government may be preparing for a broader crackdown against Christians. “China’s oppression against house churches will not be loosened,” ChinaAid President Bob Fu said …

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U.S. expands ban on overseas abortion funding

March 28 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The U.S. will strengthen and expand a policy withholding federal funds from overseas groups that offer or promote abortions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said March 26. Called the Mexico City Policy, it was crafted during the Reagan administration and renewed under President Donald Trump requiring nongovernmental overseas aid and health organizations to abandon abortion …

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Brownback: Christian media key to religious freedom

March 28 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Christian communicators play a key role in combatting persecution in foreign countries and defending religious freedom in the United States, speakers said in a public policy session March 26 during the National Religious Broadcasters’ (NRB) International Christian Media Convention, Proclaim 19.

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After Mozambique cyclone, Baptists ‘stepping up’

March 27 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Following a cyclone in Mozambique that killed at least 446 people, Baptist Global Response (BGR) and the International Mission Board (IMB) have begun disaster relief ministry in the southeast African nation and are preparing to broaden their response. “We have implemented a water and sanitation project in one of the displaced communities …

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Will Brazil honor Jerusalem as Israeli capital?

March 26 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Newly elected Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro may withhold recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel during his upcoming visit to the Middle East, possibly reneging on a campaign pledge. Opposition from military officers in Brazil’s cabinet may hinder Bolsonaro from relocating Brazil’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, JewishPress.com has reported.

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