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Christian worker requests prayer for Iraqis during run-up to June 30 handover deadline
BAGHDAD (BP)--With June 30 looming as the target date for Iraq's interim government to assume control of the country, a Christian worker with a heart for Iraqis is asking Southern Baptists to pray.
"Several Iraqi men were killed this morning in Baghdad as they left their homes to go to work for American companies," the worker said June 21. "This is a continuing effort to destabilize the government and any companies working with the coalition."
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously June 8 in support of the plan to restore Iraqi sovereignty. The Organization of Islamic States endorsed Iraq's interim government June 15. But extremists who want to control the country -- and its vast oil reserves -- are expected to intensify their efforts to derail a peaceful transition to Iraqi democracy. Read More
Romney: Amendment only way to protect marriage definition
WASHINGTON (BP)--Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney urged passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment June 22, telling a Senate committee that without a constitutional solution same-sex “marriage” will spread from his state to all 50 states. Read More
House panel deletes supposed protection for churches
WASHINGTON (BP)--A House of Representatives committee has eliminated a measure promoted as free-speech protection for churches but opposed by the Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom agency as an ill-advised proposal. Read More
Churches urged to 'Vote CP’ & close the gap to a lost world
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--The number of adults in the United States who do not attend church has nearly doubled since 1991, according to a recent survey by the Barna Research Group. And although Southern Baptist churches and missionaries baptized more than 800,000 believers in North America and overseas in 2003, the denomination's evangelism efforts are not keeping pace with the growth in world population.
In an effort to close that gap, Southern Baptist churches are being challenged to "Vote CP" this fall, refocusing on cooperative missions and its potential to reach the world. Read More
Fervor for planting churches marked Carrol Fowler’s life
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (BP)--Described as “the most unlikely man God would use to do great things,” Carrol Fowler’s life was a testimony of God’s strength through human weakness. The 66-year-old veteran church planter died of a stroke June 21 after knee surgery June 17. Read More
Ky. sends most messengers to SBC sessions in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Kentucky Baptists sent the largest number of messengers, 861, of the 8,600 who attended the June 15-16 Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Indianapolis. Read More
WRAP-UP: National WMU launches 'Christ Followers' emphasis
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Through drama and inspiring testimonies, Woman's Missionary Union launched the 2004-06 emphasis of "Christ Followers" during its Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting June 13-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Read More
New WMU Project HELP focuses on poverty, church connection
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Woman's Missionary Union's new "Project HELP: Poverty" will connect churches to people's needs, said Randy Pool, coordinator of the Mississippi River Ministry of West Tennessee, who provided an overview of the project during the June 13-14 Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
'Olympics junkie' urges WMU to join in Olympics ministry
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Beth Ann Williams of Salt Lake City, Utah, told Woman's Missionary Union participants at the Missions Celebration and National WMU Annual Meeting June 13 that she is an "Olympics junkie" and encouraged Baptist women across the United States to get involved in Olympics ministry. Read More
When others saw 'dumb Indian' girl, missionary says God saw 'princess'
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Alpha Goombi was 27 years old when she became a Christian. It would not have happened, she said, if a missionary had not been sent to her region with Annie Armstrong and Cooperative Program funds to lead her to Christ. Read More
Mission leaders recognized with awards at WMU annual meeting
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--During a June 13 dessert fellowship in Indianapolis in honor of former Woman's Missionary Union board members, the WMU Foundation presented awards to five women for their outstanding contributions to missions.
Literacy video leads volunteer to life-changing commitment
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--A literacy missions video shown at the national Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting in 1992 had such a life-changing effect on Rebecca Carnell that she returned to Eubank, Ky., determined to do whatever it took to get involved personally in that ministry.
Clayton receives award in honor of slain missionary Martha Myers
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Sara Ross Clayton, 78, of Douglas, Ga., was named the first recipient of the Dr. Martha Myers GA Alumnae of Distinction Award during WMU's Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration June 13-14 in Indianapolis.
'Missional Living' explores core areas for growth, study
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--For Christians desiring to carry out God's mission, there are seven core competencies. During the "Missional Living" workshops at the national Woman's Missionary Union Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, women explored worldview, relationships, communication, ministry, leadership and spirituality, all of which are intertwined with the seventh competency, Scripture. Read More
WMU's WorldCrafts offers way of supporting missions
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Wanda S. Lee, executive director-treasurer of the national Woman's Missionary Union, and Janet Hoffman, national WMU president, highlighted WorldCrafts during their report to the Southern Baptist Convention June 15 in Indianapolis.
Hillman elected national WMU recording secretary
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--During the business session of the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting June 13-14 in Indianapolis, Kathy Robinson Hillman of Waco, Texas, was elected recording secretary for national WMU, succeeding Yolanda Calderon of Modesto, Calif., who served as recording secretary for the past four years.
WMU's Jones selected for Hispanic Fellowship's executive committee
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Caroline Jones, multicultural ministry consultant for the national Woman's Missionary Union, was elected to serve as secretary for the executive committee of the National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches during their annual meeting June 13.
Plans for new Southwestern chapel announced by Patterson at luncheon
INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Four hundred alumni and friends of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary were on hand for President Paige Patterson’s first address to alumni since his election as president of the Texas seminary in 2003.
FIRST-PERSON: Counterfeit wealth
DORA, Ala. (BP)--Randall walked to the counter at his bank and handed the teller his deposit. She immediately began counting Randall’s cash, quickly peeling the bills from the small stack and tallying as she changed denominations. Suddenly she halted. Holding a $20 bill between her two hands and eying it carefully, her face grew grim.