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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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  • Couple's autistic son extends their ministry reach in Japan

    by Maria Elena Baseler, posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (4 years ago)

    FUJI, Japan (BP) -- It's Sunday morning at Life Baptist Church in Fuji, Japan, and the sounds of lively praise music fill the small worship center.

    Photo by Wilson Hunter/ IMB
    Worshippers, most of them Brazilian immigrants of Japanese descent, sing a popular praise chorus, accompanied by an amplified acoustic guitar.

    "I want to know You. I want to hear Your voice. I want to know You more," they sing in Portuguese, clapping enthusiastically to the beat.

    Photo by Wilson Hunter/ IMB
    Near the back of the room, 21-year-old Filipe Koji Kakumu sits with his eyes closed, a frown wrinkling his brow. As the music grows louder, he plugs his ears with his index fingers.

    Filipe's parents, Japanese-Brazilian Luís Carlos Kakumu and Margarete Kakumu, are Brazilian Baptist missionaries in Japan. Luís Carlos pastors the congregation; Margarete leads the praise team.

    During the song Luís Carlos strolls to the back of the worship center and stands behind his son Filipe, gently placing a hand on his shoulder.

    Filipe keeps his ears plugged, looking like he's in pain. But when the music softens, Filipe suddenly stands and begins to jump. After the singing ends, Margarete slips into the seat next to Filipe. Luís Carlos moves to the front of the church. Filipe begins clicking his tongue on the roof of his mouth. He appears to be trying to speak, but no words come.

    Luís Carlos and Margarete remember when Filipe, their only child, wasn't like this. A family video shows Filipe as a rambunctious 2-year-old, strumming a toy guitar, talking and giggling. But not long after the video was filmed, Filipe stopped speaking. He lost interest in creative playtime and withdrew into a world of his own.

    "The change was drastic," Margarete recalls. "We couldn't understand what was wrong with him."

    Doctors in Japan diagnosed him with autism, a developmental brain disorder causing problems in communication, behavior and social interaction.

    "It was a shock to us," Margarete says. Read More

  • Patterson, Wright urge immigration reform

    by Michelle Tyer, posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Doug Carlson/ERLC
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Paige Patterson and Bryant Wright were among 250-plus leaders at an Evangelical Immigration Table gathering in Washington Tuesday (April 29) to urge Congress to act on immigration reform. Read More

  • Baptist-related college to close June 30

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (4 years ago)

    MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky college with strong Southern Baptist ties will close its doors by June 30, citing a "myriad of circumstances" as the cause of its closure. Read More

  • New hunger campaign launching in Baltimore

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -– Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund national partners will launch a new initiative during the June 10-11 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting that will continue the SBC's unique "dollar in, dollar out" approach in the battle against hunger across North America and overseas. Read More

  • McDonald's snubs family, sales drop, PTC says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (4 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- McDonald's could energize declining sales by returning its ad focus to family friendly television and abandoning broadcasts with sex, violence and foul language, the Parents Television Council has told the fast food chain. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The 'C' word

    by Terry Dorsett, posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Terry Dorsett, a church planter in Connecticut, recounts the changes in his life since "my shock upon learning I have cancer." Dorsett believes "this will all work out for good" because "I love God and am called to His purposes." Read More