September 2, 2014
223 kidnapped Nigerian girls feared sold into slavery as crisis passes 1 month
WASHINGTON (BP) -- A teenage Christian survivor of Boko Haram terrorism in 2011 talked openly Tuesday (May 13) for the first time about her ordeal, expressing hope that her story would encourage Christians to persevere in persecution.

Deborah Peters, 15, said in a panel discussion hosted by Hudson Institute in Washington that Boko Haram murdered her Christian father and brother and bound her between the corpses at her home near Chibok, the same town where the Islamic terror group kidnapped nearly 300 school girls in April.

"I hope if people hear my story, I think they will understand," Peters said, "and they will know more and more of what God said and they will understand what it means to stand strong and have courage."

Peters was joined on the panel by Emmanuel Ogebe, a human rights lawyer with the U.S. Nigeria Law Group and expert in U.S.-Nigerian relations, who helped Peters come to the U.S. through a program established after Sept. 11, 2001, to aid victims of terrorism.

While Peters' father was Christian, her mother was Muslim and fled to safety a month before the murders after Boko Haram destroyed the church Peters' father pastored.

"In November, they burned his church, but still, he didn't give up and built the church again," Peters said. "So they said okay, they're gonna kill him. And they came to our house and killed him."

On the night of Dec. 22, 2011, three Boko Haram militants entered the Peters home after knocking on the door. They pulled her father from the shower, demanded he renounce his faith and killed him when he refused, Peters recounted. Her father referenced Matthew 10:33 in holding fast to Christianity. Read More
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Baptists fight abuse amid Chibok tragedy
NASHVILLE (BP) -- As Boko Haram threatens to sell more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian Christian girls as Muslim brides, Southern Baptist leaders are underscoring the horrors of sex trafficking and encouraging fervent prayer for the victims. Read More
Moore interview: Jeb Bush, talk radio
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Religious liberty, pro-life concerns and gay marriage have been among the topics discussed in Russell D. Moore's meetings with Jeb Bush and other potential 2016 presidential candidates, Southern Baptists' lead ethicist said in an interview with Baptist Press.
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2nd VIEW: Nettles retiring from full-time teaching
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Thomas J. Nettles, professor of historical theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1997, is retiring from full-time teaching after 38 years in the classroom.
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