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  • Obama urged to name envoy for religious minorities

    April 22 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Obama urged to name envoy for religious minorities

    Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has joined a diverse coalition in urging President Obama to act quickly to name a special envoy to help protect religious adherents in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

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  • ‘God loved you enough to come,’ worker tells Muslim friends

    December 21 2012 by Laura Fielding, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    ‘God loved you enough to come,’ worker tells Muslim friends

    At 4:45 a.m., the Muslim call to prayer wakes Marie Edwards*. In the cooler hours before the scorching heat arrives, the 20-something Christian worker spends her own time in prayer and worship. Quiet times with the Lord give her strength to make it through the day.

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  • Mideast violence creates gospel opportunities

    September 19 2012 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mideast violence creates gospel opportunities

    Bloody protests against an anti-Muslim film have stretched from the Mideast to Australia and Indonesia, and continue to roil the wider Islamic world. But Christian workers say the turmoil has created new opportunities to share the gospel.

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  • IMB worker’s death in Jordan ruled foul play

    September 6 2012 by Don Graham, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB worker’s death in Jordan ruled foul play

    Jordanian authorities are investigating the death of Southern Baptist worker Cheryll Harvey, whose body was discovered in her apartment in Irbid, Jordan, on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Foul play has been confirmed in the death of the 55-year-old single woman from Texas.

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  • Christian Pakistani girl, 11, remains jailed

    August 23 2012 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Controversy continues to swirl around Pakistan’s blasphemy law after the arrest of a young Christian girl for defiling words from the Quran. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the country’s Interior Ministry for a report about the Aug. 16 arrest of Rimshah Masih, described as an 11-year-old with Down syndrome in various media reports.

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  • Amid Syria’s nightmare, rays of light appear for nation, refugees

    August 21 2012 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Amid Syria’s nightmare, rays of light appear for nation, refugees

    Could Syria’s headlong descent into war and chaos get any worse? Yes – possibly much worse. A grim summary: Civilian deaths in the nearly 18-month-old rebellion against the dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad topped 21,000 in early August.

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  • In Egypt, Christian sentences cloud election

    June 7 2012 by Baptist Press/Compass Direct News | with 0 comments

    An Egyptian judge has sentenced 12 Coptic Christians to life in prison for their alleged part in a riot that left two Muslims and one Christian dead in the village of Abu-Qurgas. Eight Muslims charged with the same crimes in the same riot were acquitted.

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  • Believers ponder movement of the gospel in Syria, ask for prayers

    For a long time, Syrians were complacent. At least that’s how one person familiar with Syria described the people of the war-torn country. “[Syrians were] a people who felt they were more blessed than others because natural disasters and wars had not been a part of their modern history,” Dan David* said.

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  • Iranian pastor: I’m surrendered ‘to God’s will’

    May 11 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iranian pastor: I’m surrendered ‘to God’s will’

    The jailed Iranian pastor who could be executed for converting to Christianity has released a public letter asking for continued prayers and saying that while he wishes to be released, he has surrendered “to God’s will.”

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  • Iranian pastor’s attorney headed to prison

    May 10 2012 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iranian pastor’s attorney headed to prison

    Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani’s attorney – called by many a hero for his representation of religious minorities – has been convicted and could begin serving a nine-year sentence soon in a development that will leave Nadarkhani without a lawyer.

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  • Pakistani cultural hub: Awakening envisioned

    May 2 2012 by Laura Fielding, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pakistani cultural hub: Awakening envisioned

    The streets of the ancient city of Lahore, Pakistan, anchor majestic buildings in a blend of Islamic, Persian, Turkish and Indian architecture. Known as the cultural capital of Pakistan, Lahore is the country’s second-largest city and the capital of the influential Punjab province.

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  • Iran pastor, still alive, passes 900th day in jail

    April 9 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Iran pastor, still alive, passes 900th day in jail

    As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter, Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani remains in jail – alive, yes – but having already passed his 900th day behind bars for being a Christian and still facing a possible execution.

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  • IMB welcomes 61 new missionaries

    March 27 2012 by Laura Fielding, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB welcomes 61 new missionaries

    He was a rebellious punk rock skateboarder who openly renounced his family’s faith, telling his parents that “God was a joke.” But God had a plan for Charles Drake*.

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  • Two more countries – Turkey and Tajikistan – are worthy of inclusion on a list of the world’s worst violators of religious liberty, a congressionally approved watchdog on the issue has recommended.

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  • Fleeing Syrian refugees meet with God’s love

    March 21 2012 by Mark Kelly, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Fleeing Syrian refugees meet with God’s love

    Ongoing violence in Syria is driving refugees across borders into neighboring countries, where many of them are being met by Southern Baptists’ ministry partners with badly needed help and the love of Jesus.

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