Former IMB missionary leader Steve Smith, 57, dies

March 25 2019 by Mary Jane Welch, Baptist Press

Steve Smith, who filled key leadership roles in Asia with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB), died March 13 after a long illness. He was 57. Smith and his wife Laura served with IMB for 18 years, always focused on parts of the world where the gospel was little known.

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8-year-old refugee credits God for chess win

March 22 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Christian Nigerian family seeking religious asylum in the U.S. credits God for their son’s New York statewide chess victory and their new apartment after two years of homelessness. Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi won the New York State Primary Chess tournament in his age group and is preparing for the U.S. national championship in May.

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280 Christians killed in attacks in Nigeria

March 20 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian deaths are spiraling in Nigeria as militant Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists escalate their attacks, according to reports from religious liberty watchdog groups active there. As many as 280 people were killed in Christian communities in several attacks spanning February through mid-March in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, according to varying reports from Christian Solidarity …

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New Zealand mosque massacre condemned, prayer pledged

March 18 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

“Evil” and “horrific” are among the ways Southern Baptist Convention leaders described a shooting rampage at two Islamic mosques in New Zealand that left at least 49 (50) people dead March 15. “Religious liberty means freedom to worship according to one’s conscience without fear,” SBC President J.D. Greear tweeted.

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Missionary nurse leaves legacy of caring

March 15 2019 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

While Ellen Tabor served faithfully in Korea for 20 years as a medical missionary beside her husband, some of her most recognizable impact came after the couple returned to North Carolina. Myrtle Ellen Dennis Tabor, 90, died March 10 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem after suffering a heart attack and stroke.

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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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