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  • Strike on Syria called ‘just,’ prayer urged

    April 10 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Strike on Syria called ‘just,’ prayer urged

    Following a U.S. missile strike against Syria, Southern Baptists pledged prayer and claimed the action was appropriate retribution for deadly chemical attacks allegedly carried out by the Syrian military. American warships fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian government airbase believed to have been used to launch a chemical attack against.

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  • Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    February 1 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    Persecution against Christians is ranked “extreme” and “severe” in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S. Six of the countries are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest.

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  • Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urge

    December 16 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urge

    Southern Baptist leaders are exhorting Christians to pray for Aleppo, Syria, a city being destroyed in civil war between the Syrian government and rebels including the Islamic State. The latest call for prayer follows the desperate pleas of residents who believed their death was imminent as the Syrian government reportedly made significant progress in overtaking and evacuating rebel-held areas.

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  • In IS-torn Iraq & Syria, rays of hope for Christians

    November 7 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    In IS-torn Iraq & Syria, rays of hope for Christians

    While the Islamic State maintains territorial strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Christians have reportedly been able to remain in or return to areas where they held majorities before civil war began. But Henriette Kats, an analyst with the World Watch Research unit of Open Doors International, cautioned against false optimism.

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  • France prepares to dismantle port-city migrant camp

    October 21 2016 by Anna K. Poole, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    France prepares to dismantle port-city migrant camp

    In October, the British government announced it will accept hundreds of refugee children from a squalid camp on the French side of the English Channel. The decision came in response to international pressure to “fulfill its moral obligation” to find homes for migrant minors with documented family links in Britain.

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  • Former SBC pres. on ‘60 Minutes,’ addresses refugee crisis

    October 20 2016 by Margaret Colson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Former SBC pres. on ‘60 Minutes,’ addresses refugee crisis

    Amid today’s tumult of political rhetoric and social discourse about Syrian refugees entering the U.S., a pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president spoke out in an 60 Minutes report, as well as a sermon, calling on Christians to lean on God’s Word to determine how to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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  • Few Syrian Christians get asylum in U.S., despite genocide declaration

    May 31 2016 by Evan Wilt, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Few Syrian Christians get asylum in U.S., despite genocide declaration

    Two months after the Obama administration called out militant terror group Islamic State (ISIS) for committing genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria, refugee data show those finding a safe haven in the United States are not the ones suffering the most persecution.

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  • ERLC, IMB urge prayer for refugees March 15

    March 15 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC, IMB urge prayer for refugees March 15

    The March 15 focus of the campaign – #PrayForRefugees – comes on the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in the Middle Eastern country. The ERLC and its partners are calling for Christians to pray for the more than 13.5 million Syrians who need humanitarian assistance …

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  • Syrian refugee sees ‘joy’ at Baptist church

    December 18 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Syrian refugee sees ‘joy’ at Baptist church

    Bryant Wright, pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church is leading his church to help Muslim Syrian refugees Mohammad, his wife Ebtesam and their 4-year-old son Hasan as they settle in the Atlanta area. 10 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes, and a quarter million have been killed.

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  • Texas refugee battle grows as Baptists continue ministry

    December 10 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Texas refugee battle grows as Baptists continue ministry

    Despite the legal battle Texas leaders wage with the federal government over the resettlement of Syrian refugees, many Baptists retain their tireless commitment to share the gospel with their Muslim neighbors. Texas has received 238 refugees from Syria since 2012, ranking it second highest in the nation.

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  • Syrian refugees finding help from WMU Foundation

    December 8 2015 by Caitlin Lea, WMU | with 0 comments
    Syrian refugees finding help from WMU Foundation

    The Woman’s Missionary Union Foundation is working with Arab Woman Today Ministries to help Syrian refugees currently living in Jordan. The number of refugees fleeing to Jordan has significantly increased in recent weeks to 1.5 Syrians, but only a small percentage reside in official refugee camps.

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  • Syrian refugees: balancing compassion & security

    November 19 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Syrian refugees: balancing compassion & security

    With at least 31 U.S. governors opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states following terrorist attacks in Paris, Christians have found themselves discussing the appropriate balance between security and compassion in immigration policy.

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  • Aid shortfalls are driving desperate Syrians back home

    October 23 2015 by Julia A. Seymour, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Aid shortfalls are driving desperate Syrians back home

    Desperate conditions and cuts to humanitarian aid helped drive many Middle Eastern refugees into Europe in recent months. But a new scarcity of aid is now prompting some Syrians to return to their war-torn country. Even as thousands of refugees attempted to make their way to European nations, thousands more turned back to Syria ...

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  • Refugee crisis opening door for gospel witness

    September 9 2015 by Nicole Lee, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Refugee crisis opening door for gospel witness

    The discovery of an abandoned refrigeration truck full of corpses on an Austrian highway on Aug. 27 and the body of a 3-year-old toddler washed up on the shores of Turkey on Sept. 2 have epitomized the tragic circumstances faced by masses of humanity trying find refuge in Europe.

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  • ‘Hands On’ student workers show God’s love to refugees

    August 20 2015 by Evelyn Adamson, IMB Connections | with 0 comments
    ‘Hands On’ student workers show God’s love to refugees

    It has been several months since three Hands On student workers were sent from their home church in Alabama, to serve Syrian refugee families for up to six months. In their city alone, refugee numbers steadily rise as the war rages inside Syria. An estimated 4 million refugees have fled the country ...

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