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  • ‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

    July 10 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

    The world is the common denominator – and the focus of prayer – for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the “Korean Council.” Even Semihan’s name reflects the link: “Se” is part of a Korean word for world; “mi” …

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  • Korean Council to consider pastor retirement funding

    May 18 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Korean Council to consider pastor retirement funding

    Discussions about helping pastors get started with a retirement plan and mentoring younger pastors are on the agenda of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America’s annual meeting in Dallas. The Korean Council’s June 11-13 sessions will be hosted by Semihan Church in Carrollton, where Byeong Rack Choi is pastor.

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  • North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

    May 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

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

    April 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Korea summit: historic, but human rights talk ‘absent’

    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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  • Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    February 28 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    On an uncharacteristically warm day during the Winter Olympics, visitors to the train station were greeted by a number of different religious groups. The Mormons wore yellow vests. The Jehovah’s Witnesses had their literature racks set up. Methodist Koreans were carrying yellow bags as they handed out literature.

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  • Sister’s tragedy fuels Wise’s passion for amputees

    February 23 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sister’s tragedy fuels Wise’s passion for amputees

    David Wise remembers getting the text message from his sister Jessica in 2015 telling him that his other sister, Jessica’s twin Christy, had been in an accident while paddle boarding. Christy was going to live, but she was likely going to lose her leg.

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  • Hockey an opportunity for Hensley to love God, others

    February 21 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hockey an opportunity for Hensley to love God, others

    Her love of hockey started as a child with a neighborhood friend named Hayden. Nicole Hensley, a goalie on the U.S. women’s hockey team, remembers Hayden was always outside of her Colorado home playing street hockey with his family and friends. One day, he asked if she wanted to play, too.

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  • Olympic pin trading nurtures gospel conversations

    February 19 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympic pin trading nurtures gospel conversations

    Visitors to the Coca-Cola Pin Trading Center at Olympic Park walk in and peer at the hundreds of small pins spread in front of the traders standing behind the counter. The colors and designs are enough to catch anyone’s eye, encompassing pins from past Olympics in places like Sochi, Rio de Janeiro and Atlanta.

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  • Olympic sledder: Loved by God, no matter the results

    February 15 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympic sledder: Loved by God, no matter the results

    Elisabeth Vathje, readying for her sledding event in the Winter Olympics, isn’t bashful about the most important thing in her life. The Canadian skeleton racer clearly proclaims on her Twitter page: “Christ follower.” “First and foremost, I’m a child of God,” Vathje told Baptist Press.

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  • Olympic hockey player gains faith, loses an idol

    February 15 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Olympic hockey player gains faith, loses an idol

    Noah Welch had just signed a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers, and the team was expecting their new defenseman to develop and be a key part of their team. Then only five games into the season, Welch got into a fight with Montreal. His shoulder – dislocated. His labrum – torn.

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  • Skater Maame Biney: First U.S. black woman in her sport

    February 13 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Skater Maame Biney: First U.S. black woman in her sport

    It’s hard to watch Maame Biney compete and not smile. After all she’s smiling, so it’s easy just to join in. Biney, the 18-year-old U.S. short-track speed skater, is making her Olympic debut this year as the first black woman from the United States ever to compete in an Olympic speed skating event.

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  • Five-time Olympian Clark embraces mentor role

    February 13 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Five-time Olympian Clark embraces mentor role

    Scientists recently found fossil evidence that dinosaurs and mammals once frolicked together across land at what’s now the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The discovery excited researchers because it represents, by far, the highest concentration of mammal tracks, as well as the largest mammal prints, ever discovered from the dinosaur age.

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  • Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    January 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian persecutors largely unchanged, Open Doors reports

    The most dangerous countries for Christians, led again by North Korea, remain largely the same, according to the 2018 list compiled by a leading advocate for the persecuted church. Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List Jan. 10.

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  • North Korea missile launch leads Japan churches to pray

    August 31 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea missile launch leads Japan churches to pray

    Following a North Korean missile launch that triggered emergency sirens in Japan and government warnings to seek cover, Baptists in Japan are expressing trust in God and asking fellow believers for prayer. “Prayers are becoming very specific,” said Ben Howard, an associate pastor at Yokohama International Baptist Church.

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  • North Korea nuclear escalation spurs call to prayer

    August 10 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    North Korea nuclear escalation spurs call to prayer

    Amid escalating tension with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, evangelicals are calling for prayer and advocating wise use of America’s diplomatic and military capabilities. “It appears that the time for a diplomatic solution to curb North Korea’s increasing acts of aggression is quickly running out,” said former U.S. Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver.

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