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Weeks later, Japan survivors still beg: 'Please help us!'
ISHINOMAKI, Japan (BP)--The handwritten note practically cries out: "Living here! Please help us!"The volunteers from Tokyo Baptist Church almost miss the dirty scrap of paper, attached to the battered door. It blends in with the rubble and debris left behind by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.Major parts of the house are gone, washed away a month ago by the crushing tsunami waves. Not really believing anyone will answer, volunteer Satomi Ono calls out to see if anyone is there.
A young mother cautiously pokes her head around the corner. When she sees the volunteers' warm smiles, relief rushes over her and she excitedly yells to her father. They are the only two left in their family. Her two children were swept out of her arms in the tsunami wave. Her mother and husband also died on that fateful day.
The young woman invites the team inside. Despite broken dishes standing up in the mud-caked floor, Ono can see that the pair had worked hard, cleaning their disaster-stricken home. Piles of papers, toys, rotting clothes and splintered wood are ready to be bagged and deposited on the street for garbage crews.
The volunteer slides off her backpack and asks if there's anything they need ... Read More
Floods yield 'unprecedented' opportunitiesMETROPOLIS, Ill. (BP) -- A Southern Illinois pastor sees the record flooding along the Mississippi River as an unprecedented chance to impact his community with the Gospel. Read More
Q&A: ChinaAid's Bob Fu on 'how little religious freedom China has'WASHINGTON (BP)--Leaders from dozens of Chinese house churches are petitioning the Chinese government for more religious freedom in an act that observers call unprecedented. Religious freedom expert Bob Fu explains why the government is cracking down ... Read More
Welch joins TBC, will have limited GER roleNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Bobby Welch, strategist for Global Evangelical Relations with the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee since 2007, has been named associate executive director/church growth with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and will continue to assist the SBC Executive Committee in Global Evangelical Relations in a reduced role. Read More
Navy OKs 'gay marriages' by chaplains
WASHINGTON (BP)--U.S. Navy chaplains have received authorization to perform "same-sex marriage" ceremonies on base when the ban on open homosexuality in the military is canceled, prompting charges the change in policy violates the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Enforcement of the policy -- and an additional directive by the Navy -- could compel evangelical Christians to abandon the military chaplaincy if it is enforced, a critic charged.
Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd issued ... Read More
TED-like NOW spotlights young adults
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)--If you know the format of the TED Talks, you'd have been ready for NOW.
Threads, a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, gave 400-plus attendees at the NOW young adult ministry conference 15 dynamic speakers, each with 20 minutes to drive home their points and their passion.
"Each speaker had 20 minutes -- no more -- to engage the audience," said Jason Hayes, LifeWay's young adult ministry specialist who doubled up as confere... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Osama bin Laden, a victim
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Every freedom-loving person, including virtually every right-thinking American, takes comfort in the death of Osama bin Laden. As Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has stated, his killing was actually more of an execution: Having claimed responsibility for the horror of 9/11 along with numerous other bloody, vicious and cowardly acts of violence, few people question that justice was served with his killing.
Simultaneously, there is ... Read More