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  • Agriculture: A way BGR sows seeds of God’s love

    September 6 2018 by Casey Watson, Baptist Global Response | with 0 comments
    Agriculture: A way BGR sows seeds of God’s love

    The light was soft as Monica* weeded her garden on a community farm in South Sudan. A picture from that day shows her sitting quietly among other garden plots, her legs folded demurely under her thin body. A long scarf is tied around her head for protection from the blazing African sun.

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  • Pew: African, Latin American Christians most committed

    August 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: African, Latin American Christians most committed

    Commitment to prayer, church attendance and religion is highest among Christians in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Pew Research Center said Aug. 22 in an analysis of data collected over the past 10 years. In the U.S., Christians register comparatively high levels of religious commitment among the most developed countries, …

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  • NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    July 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries. NAAF’s African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening …

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  • ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    May 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

    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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  • IMB missionaries ‘died for what matters most’

    March 19 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB missionaries ‘died for what matters most’

    International Mission Board missionaries Randy Arnett, 62, and Kathy Arnett, 61, died March 14 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Missouri-native missionaries served as theological education strategists for Africa. IMB leaders and colleagues reflected on the Missouri-native missionaries’ love for missions and the people of Africa.

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  • Refugee women persevere amid peril, harsh conditions

    February 23 2018 by Dave Arden & Pat Centner, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Refugee women persevere amid peril, harsh conditions

    For more than 7 million Africans forced to flee their warfare-stricken homelands, “home” has become a refugee camp where many wait year after year in hopes of a better life. Bamurange and Esther are two such women who survived the Great African War, one of numerous conflicts that have plagued the continent. ...

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  • A waiting game for migrants in France

    December 26 2017 by Rob Holmes, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    A waiting game for migrants in France

    Some men are waiting to be processed as asylum seekers. Others want to avoid deportation after having asylum claims denied. They are among thousands who have inundated Paris, up to 80 per day. Across Europe, more than 178,000 migrants sought new homes in 2017. Most come from Muslim-majority nations in Africa.

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  • New village offers hope to abandoned children

    August 8 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    New village offers hope to abandoned children

    When we have eyes to see, we realize every child deserves a chance. In the South African city of Johannesburg, up to 50 babies are abandoned each month. Through a partnership with a ministry called the Door of Hope, Baptists on Mission has helped rescue as many of these children as possible.

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  • Africa drought victims ‘family’ to Kentucky volunteer

    March 24 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Africa drought victims ‘family’ to Kentucky volunteer

    Residents of drought-stricken Lesotho, Africa, became like family to 64-year-old Karen Smith of Shepherdsville, Ky., the first time she took them food. “You go with expectations of doing a job and it quickly becomes more than a job. It becomes personal,” Smith, volunteer feeding coordinator for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said.

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  • Southern storyteller recounts African venture

    January 5 2017 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Southern storyteller recounts African venture

    A kind uncle encouraged a sensitive boy to write about life in a journal. Forty-plus years, 12 books and more than 1,200 blog posts later, Curt Iles still keeps a journal – the beginning point of a writing career that’s taken him to Africa and back.

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  • Biblical truth called key to strong family, revival

    November 4 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Biblical truth called key to strong family, revival

    The family is likened to a football team with the husband as the quarterback, God as the coach, and the wife as a supporting team member in an analogy used by Kentucky Pastor Joel Bowman Sr. in upholding biblical authority in the family and church.

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  • Christians massacred in Central African Republic

    September 21 2016 by Morning Star News, East Africa correspondent | with 0 comments
    Christians massacred in Central African Republic

    Muslim militants slaughtered 26 civilians in a predominantly Christian village in the Central African Republic on Sept. 16, the worst violence in the embattled country in months, sources said. Rebels from the former Seleka group attacked the village of Ndomete and went door-to-door killing Christians.

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  • Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

    September 16 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Study: Radical Islam looming across African Sahel

    The poverty- and drought-stricken Sahel region spanning northern Africa is becoming a breeding ground for radical Islamic groups intent on persecuting Christians, according to a study conducted by World Watch Research. Boko Haram, the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Ansar Dine and other groups are growing in the region, the report said.

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  • Emanuel massacre prompting change a year later

    July 1 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Emanuel massacre prompting change a year later

    Labor pains of change are noted in Charleston, S.C., a former slave-trading port where the government flew the Confederate flag until a white supremacist killed nine black church worshippers a year ago. Southern Baptist leaders in Charleston and the widower of a victim said they are seeing the fruit of improved race relations after the massacre.

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  • Pastors on politics: biblical, not controversial

    June 21 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastors on politics: biblical, not controversial

    Proclaiming Scripture instead of promoting controversy is their approach when addressing political issues, pastors said during a June 15 panel discussion at the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention. “I do not try to be controversial; I want to be biblical,” said A.B. Vines, senior pastor of New Seasons Church in Spring Valley, Calif.

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