International

Venezuela’s economic crisis prompts BGR relief

May 10 2018 by Casey Watson, Baptist Global Response

Baptist Global Response is organizing relief efforts to help starving families trapped in Venezuela’s current economic crisis. The country’s economic output is expected to shrink by 15 percent this year, which would be the third consecutive year it has decreased by double digits, Forbes.com reported.

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Korea summit: historic, but human rights talk ‘absent’

April 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A historic meeting April 27 between the leaders of North and South Korea left religious liberty advocates optimistic about peace on the Korean Peninsula but pessimistic about the advance of human rights in the North.

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USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

April 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

While egregious acts of religious persecution are more likely to cause global protest 20 years after the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, many countries are increasingly denying such freedoms, a federal watchdog commission reported. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted the dichotomy in releasing its religious freedom violations.

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Toronto pastor’s hope: God will use evil for good

April 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Just steps away” from where a driver began a carnage that killed 10 and injured 15 on a pedestrian-friendly Toronto street, Willowdale Baptist Church pastor Bruce Jones is corralling a hurting community for prayer. Jones can stand at his church and see Olive Square, where police say Alek Minassian started to weave on and off the sidewalk.

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IS bomber reportedly eyeing Shiites kills 57 Afghans

April 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A suicide bomber who killed 57 Afghans and injured at least 100 more in Kabul April 22 was targeting Shiite “apostates,” the Islamic State said in claiming responsibility for the bombing via its Aamaq news agency.

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Southeastern aiding Cuban convention’s momentum

April 10 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

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China banning online Bible sales ‘absurd’

April 10 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends

China is purportedly the largest publisher of Bibles in the world, but the communist nation has now apparently blocked online Bible purchases for its residents. Beginning last week, searches for Bibles at leading online retailers in China came up empty, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN.

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New discovery sheds light on dark matter

April 9 2018 by Julie Borg, WORLD Digital

The recent discovery of a galaxy about 65 million light years away that appears to harbor no dark matter has flabbergasted astronomers who believe galaxies need dark matter to hold them together. “Finding a galaxy without any [dark matter] is completely unexpected; it challenges standard ideas of how galaxies work,” Allison Merritt said.

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Rwanda closes thousands of churches, arrests 6 pastors

April 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An estimated 6,000 churches have been closed across Rwanda and six pastors arrested in a government crackdown with 700 closures in the nation’s capital of Kigali. The six pastors, who reportedly tried to rally public support for the churches in Kigali, were accused of “masterminding” a plot to disobey the government.

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Intercountry adoptions in U.S. continue decline

April 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The State Department’s latest report on intercountry adoptions by Americans showed another significant decline, and adoption advocates say the trend will continue without change in the U.S. government. The March 23 report revealed Americans adopted 4,714 foreign-born children during the 2016-17 fiscal year, a 12 percent decrease from the previous year.

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