September 16, 2014


NEW YORK (BP) -- Raised in the South Bronx neighborhood of Mott Haven, Shamar Smith is no stranger to the lifestyle and perils that mark the lives of many in the neighborhood; his own brother is already serving out a sentence on Rikers Island, New York's primary jail complex. Had Smith not found his safe haven through Graffiti 2 Community Ministries, his path might have looked the same.

A high school student, Smith has attended the ministries' after-school program for years. "Without Graffiti 2, without Andrew," he said, "... I don't know where I might have ended up." Read More

Ukraine-Russia tensions expand ministry
KIEV, Ukraine (BP) -- Tensions rose to dangerous levels as Russian forces occupied Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in late February, but Ukrainian Baptists aren't slowing down their ministry to a nation battered by months of internal crisis.
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Restoration, revival, prayer 2014 meeting focus
BALTIMORE (BP) -- "Restoration and revival through prayer," is the theme of the Southern Baptist Convention 2014 annual meeting June 10 - 11 in Baltimore, SBC President Fred Luter has announced. Read More
SBC children, student registrations open
BALTIMORE (BP) -- Registration is open for preschool child care, Children's Conferences International, Children in Action Missions Camp and Youth on Mission in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's June 10-11 annual meeting in Baltimore. Read More
Islamic militants threaten Syrian Christians
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. State Department has issued a statement deploring what it calls "continued threats against Christians and other minorities in Syria" from militant Islamists at war with both Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and fellow Islamic militants. Read More

First Person
Benjamin Hawkins
FIRST-PERSON: To 'feel' the faith
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Once he feels its flame, a child will never doubt the candle's heat. Likewise, the English Reformer William Tyndale once wrote that those who "feel" their faith will stand firm in the truth of Scripture and the promises of God.



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