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  • N.C. pastor plans to start Kenyan orphanage

    August 20 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    N.C. pastor plans to start Kenyan orphanage

    Because of a trip to East Africa eight years ago and a life of twists and turns, Wesley Wallis believes God has equipped his family to start an orphanage in Kenya. “God has prepared me,” said the pastor of Walstone Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville. “God has prepared my wife.”

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  • Search committee, ERLC funding mark first EC report

    June 14 2018 by Erin Roach & Art Toalston | with 0 comments
    Search committee, ERLC funding mark first EC report

    Messengers received an update of the search for a new Executive Committee president and defeated a proposed defunding of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the EC’s morning report at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 12. EC chairman Stephen Rummage, speaking of the search for a successor to Frank S. Page after …

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  • Missionary’s conviction highlights need for better vetting

    March 14 2016 by Onize Ohikere, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Missionary’s conviction highlights need for better vetting

    A U.S. federal court has sentenced a former missionary, Matthew Lane Durham, 21, from Oklahoma to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a Kenyan orphanage. His arrest and conviction highlights the need for more vetting procedures in international volunteering, experts say.

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  • 1975: Vietnam orphans ‘miracle’ journey

    April 10 2015 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    1975: Vietnam orphans ‘miracle’ journey

    Vietnamese orphans boarded a patched-up boat in 1975 for a “miracle” journey to freedom. “When I look back on my journey, it reminds me of the movie ‘The 10 Commandments’ when Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt,” said Thomas Ho, who was one of the oldest children in the orphanage.

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  • Reflecting on ‘God-ordained,’ difficult days in Haitian jail

    March 19 2014 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Reflecting on ‘God-ordained,’ difficult days in Haitian jail

    Paul Thompson considers it a beautiful thing to reflect on the days he and nine other Baptists were detained in a filthy Haitian jail, falsely accused of trafficking the orphans they were trying to help.

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  • Baptist Children’s Homes to establish orphanage in Guatemala

    December 30 2013 by J. Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications | with 1 comments
    Baptist Children’s Homes to establish orphanage in Guatemala

    Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina is partnering with North Carolina Baptist Men and International Community Development to establish the Good Shepherd Children’s Home. This is an orphanage in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala.

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  • 20,000 Russians protest ban on U.S. adoptions

    January 17 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Upwards of 20,000 Russians marched through Moscow Jan. 13 to protest the country’s new ban on adoption by Americans, as confusion continued to swirl over the law’s immediate impact. The Kremlin reportedly announced Jan. 10 that the law won’t take effect for one year due to a 2011 bilateral adoption agreement between the U.S. and Russia, The Washington Post reported.

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  • Waiting on God’s plan: Couple asks for prayer about adoption

    January 15 2013 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor | with 0 comments
    Waiting on God’s plan: Couple asks for prayer about adoption

    Peggy and Tommy Lott have known for a long time the risks that come with adoption. The couple, members of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, adopted their 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, from Russia in 2010. And they experienced the roller coaster ride of emotions that typically come with the adoption process.

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  • N.C. worship leader shows heart for orphans

    September 28 2012 by Don Graham, IMB | with 0 comments
    N.C. worship leader shows heart for orphans

    Ajay Kumar stands straight as a rod in a line of green-sweatered boys during a school presentation near Katihar, India. The show is serious business, complete with singing and an audience of honored American guests. But when the teacher calls Ajay’s name, the 9-year-old’s solemn face slips into a wide, infectious grin.

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  • Orphaned children tug at collegians’ hearts

    July 23 2012 by John Evans, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Orphaned children tug at collegians’ hearts

    Barrett Keene is walking from coast to coast to raise awareness about the plight of orphans – a journey “that’s crazy enough that people pause and say, ‘What is going on? Why is he doing this?’”

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  • ‘Orphanology’ author says adoption shouldn’t be ‘Plan B’

    July 10 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Orphanology’ author says adoption shouldn’t be ‘Plan B’

    Every adoption story is unique, but the tale of how pastor and author Tony Merida came to see he should adopt – essentially, through his own sermon – likely is quite rare. When Merida was asked to preach at a youth camp on the subject of poverty, he began studying the subject in-depth, looking at the issue from a worldwide perspective.

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