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Friday, February 07, 2014

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  • Winter Olympics: Baptists trek to Sochi to share their faith

    by Evelyn Adamson, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    SOCHI, Russia (BP) -- Amid tight security, the 2014 Winter Olympics commenced with impressive opening ceremonies, while Baptist volunteers from across the United States arrived to be part of the international festivities.

    Inside Sochi's "ring of steel," consisting of 40,000 armed Russian troops, anti-aircraft weapons and a myriad of military surveillance tactics, the five Olympic rings welcomed thousands of athletes, fans, diplomats and dignitaries to the Sochi Games.

    "Who knows what God is up to here? It’s humbling to have a front row seat."

    -- Southern Baptist volunteer in Sochi

    President Vladimir Putin ushered in the Games during the opening ceremonies at Fisht Olympic Stadium -- stirring a sense of competition, camaraderie and inspiration.

    Among those present is a select group partnering under the name Engage Sochi. Their purpose is simple: to make a difference for Christ before, during and after the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Southern Baptist volunteers journeyed thousands of miles despite persistent media attention to fears of terrorist threats.

    Engage Sochi is a network of Southern Baptists seeking to create opportunities for meaningful conversations with those living and working in Sochi or who are attending the Games. Volunteers hail from across the United States, including Oklahoma, Missouri, Colorado, Georgia and Alabama.

    Scheduled to perform are the Singing Men of Oklahoma, Woman's Missionary Union drama teams and ministry teams from Missouri and Colorado intent on sharing the love of Christ.

    Volunteers engage people throughout the community, walking in the knowledge that thousands around the world are praying for them and for Sochi during the coming weeks.

    "Never in our lives have we felt the prayers of people so tangibly," one volunteer said. "Even tonight, a casual conversation on the train turned into a person helping us, and a really good local contact was made."

    As people respond and ask questions, steps are taken to ensure that once they return home, they are connected with a local community of believers, regardless of where they live throughout the world.

    To stay connected with Engage Sochi during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, visit the Facebook page for the outreach, Facebook.com/EngageSochi and use its hashtag for the games -- #pray4sochi.

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    The North Caucasus region of Russia, in which Sochi sits, has long suffered from political unrest. ... Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: Olympics outreach bolstered by theme song

    by Marc Ira Hooks, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Though the Olympics involve sports, they are so much more. They are about grandeur. They are about patriotism. And they are about people of the world coming together, if even for a few brief weeks. Read More

  • Obama calls for release of Abedini, Bae

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Obama, at the National Prayer Breakfast, publicly called for Iran to
    release Saeed Abedini and for North Korea to release Kenneth Bae, two American Christians imprisoned for their faith in nations that suppress religious freedom. Read More

  • Life, religious liberty top ERLC's 2014 agenda

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    "(T)he sanctity of human life is our chief concern."

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's public policy entity will promote life, religious freedom, human rights and family this year in Congress despite "a very difficult period legislatively," Russell D. Moore says. Read More

  • Vietnam etched on Sam James' heart

    by Don Graham, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- It's a love story 60 years in the making, though not the kind of romance that sells tickets in Hollywood. Still, Sam James won't ever forget the day he set his eyes on one of the great loves of his life. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Russian Bear awakening to morality

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs notes that Russia seems on a trajectory to surpass America in its moral values. "It wouldn't be the first time the Lord used an unlikely source to communicate truth," Boggs writes. "Just ask the wayward prophet Balaam." Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Obey?

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Author and Baptist Press editor Art Toalston writes that prayer can transform any irritation with God over His call to obedience. "God is far from the only one with an expectation of obedience in today's cultural milieu," Toalston writes, noting that a yearning for others to acquiesce to their moral code can be found among advocates for a range of social agendas. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Qué es lo que está pasando?

    by Óscar J. Fernández, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Hay ocasiones en las que algunas personas se confunden y se hacer juicios erróneos acerca del pueblo de Israel. En verdad, si consideramos los hechos fríamente, parecen inaceptables. ... Read More

  • Hacer vestidos genera ingresos y momentos para compartir su fe

    Por Evelyn Adamson, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- La incertidumbre sacudió a Vanna Keo* después de que su esposo Kith* aceptó a Cristo. Ella no había conocido a ningún cristiano antes, y ahora su esposo era uno de ellos.

    Para apoyar a su esposo, Vanna estuvo de acuerdo en conocer a Don y Dayla Patrick*, obreros de IMB en el sudeste asiático durante más de 15 años. Los Patrick fueron unos de los que compartieron el evangelio con su esposo y lo guiaron a Cristo.

    Vanna también quería ver por sí misma cómo eran realmente los cristianos. Riendo de su perspectiva en ese momento, Vanna dice que conoció a los Patrick "y vi quiénes eran. Ellos no nos hicieron nada raro o loco. Después de eso, no tuve ninguna mala sensación hacia ellos."

    Después de dos años de la conversión de su esposo, Vanna aceptó a Cristo. Luego la familia se topó con tiempos difíciles cuando su comunidad musulmana se volvió en contra de ellos. Incapacitados para cubrir sus gastos, Kith buscó trabajo ayudando a varias organizaciones cristianas con diversos proyectos. Pero esos trabajos no producían mucho ingreso.

    La amistad entre Vanna y Dayla Patrick continuó creciendo. Vanna hablaba sobre maneras en las que ella podía aportar dinero. "Consideré lo que podía hacer ya que soy madre," dice, "y opté por coser."

    La habilidad de Vanna, generó una idea en la mente de Dayla. "Después de que Vanna cosió para mí," Dayla comenzó a ver a Dios obrando; "pensé: 'Quizá esto es algo que los pueda ayudar a ellos.'" Read More

  • El debate entre Ken Ham y Bill Nye atrae interés mundial

    Por Erin Roach, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    PETERSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Cientos de miles de personas formaron la audiencia internacional del debate entre el creacionista Ken Ham y el evolucionista Bill Nye, lo que demostró el vibrante interés en los orígenes en una era en la que muchos consideran el tema ciencia establecida. Read More

  • Fallo de asignación para vivienda apelada por el gobierno

    Por Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- El fallo de un juez federal de que la asignación para vivienda de los ministros es inconstitucional ha sido apelada por los abogados del gobierno quienes argumentan que la asignación debe ser mantenida. La apelación será oída por el Tribunal de Apelaciones del Sétimo Circuito de Chicago. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Qué es lo que está pasando?

    Por Óscar J. Fernández, posted Friday, February 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Hay ocasiones en las que algunas personas se confunden y se hacer juicios erróneos acerca del pueblo de Israel. En verdad, si consideramos los hechos fríamente, parecen inaceptables. ... Read More