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Friday, August 01, 2014

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  • Christian worker shares report on 'invisible war' with Ebola

    by Charles Braddix, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    JOHANNESBURG (BP) -- While the International Mission Board has issued a statement indicating all its personnel in Ebola-stricken West Africa are safe, a Christian worker on the ground released a first-person account of her thoughts on "the invisible war" with the deadly Ebola virus.

    IMB's statement said, "IMB personnel continue to monitor the Ebola epidemic. Our medical coordinators in West Africa have been in touch with Southern Baptist missionaries in the region to keep them informed of the changing situation. Currently in the affected areas, IMB has personnel in Guinea and Liberia, but not in Sierra Leone."

    "Over 1,300 cases have been reported with over 700 confirmed deaths. And the numbers continue to grow."

    -- Christian worker in Liberia

    IMB indicated there are no plans at this time to ask personnel to leave their homes in these countries.

    The number of Ebola-related deaths in West Africa approaches 730, with more than 1,300 cases now reported in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

    Two American aid workers -- one with Samaritan's Purse and the other with SIM (Serving in Mission) -- who became infected remain in serious condition, and are being transported to the United States for treatment, according to news reports.

    Rebecca Waters,* a Christian worker living and serving in Liberia, shared a firsthand account of what it's like to face an "invisible enemy" like Ebola on a daily basis.

    Following is a portion of Waters' account of the situation in Liberia:

    "A war is raging in West Africa, but this war is different from others. This time the enemy is invisible, sneaking up on its victims unaware. By the time the victim realizes he has been attacked, it is usually only a matter of days before he dies. That is, after he has infected dozens of others, and then they too die. This enemy is called Ebola.

    "Ebola first reared his ugly head back in March, in the forest region of Guinea. Because of the porous borders, the disease quickly spread into Sierra Leone and Liberia's northern county.

    "In May, it appeared as if the disease was coming under control, but I believe that was due largely to fear and irrational behavior. People have become afraid to expose themselves, so when they become sick, instead of going to the doctor they run and hide. They just do not understand. [Physicians have] been chased out with machetes from the forest region of Guinea ...

    "Saturday I heard two women discussing their views of Ebola. They said many small clinics have shut down for fear of someone with the disease coming in. They said that parents, who take their kids in for headaches or malaria symptoms, simple diarrhea, etc., are rushed off to the Ebola clinic ... Read More

  • 'Third way' church may face expulsion

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- A California Baptist association's executive board has recommended that the body not seat messengers at its fall meeting from a church whose pastor has said he does not believe all homosexual acts are sinful. Read More

  • OFFICIAL TALLY: SBC registration 5,298

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- SBC registration secretary Jim Wells has released official registration figures for the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore. Read More

  • 'Submissive Wife' recounts her experiment

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Sara Horn's "70s-era parents" raised her to believe that she could do or be whatever she wanted.

          "Strong, independent, graceful, assertive, understanding -- these descriptors I preferred. Read More

  • Dear spiritually abusive husband

    by Sara Horn, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Author and speaker Sara Horn exhorts a husband mired in pornography to delve into Scripture's counsel and get the help of his church to abandon the sin and to restore his marriage. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Roger S. Oldham, vice president for convention communications with the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, encourages believers to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem." Read More

  • En la frontera de Texas, miembro de First Baptist organiza equipo de voluntarios para ayudar en el centro de procesamiento

    Por Sharayah Colter/Southern Baptist Texan, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    McALLEN, Texas (BP) -- Una cerca de malla junto a la acera separaba a De Dorman y al resto de McAllen, Texas, del centro de procesamiento de inmigrantes instalado en la Iglesia Católica Sacred Heart.

    Más allá de la cerca, carpas de color caqui se levantan amarradas al asfalto del estacionamiento. Los generadores ponen a funcionar las unidades de aire acondicionado en cada tienda lo que mantiene la temperatura alrededor de los 21 grados -- una severa diferencia con los húmedos, cerca a los 37.5 grados de afuera y la razón de la caja de cartón con cobijas que Dorman cargó.

    Aunque los 21 grados se sienten normal y quizá inclusive cálido para el estadounidense promedio, es un choque para los sistemas de aquellos que han pasado varios días o semanas viajando a través de Centro América y México hasta la frontera estadounidense, dijo Dorman.

    "Los niños siempre se congelan en el aire acondicionado," dijo. "No están acostumbrados al aire acondicionado. Así que tenemos gente que envía cobijas, y me llegó esta caja ayer. "

    Proveer cobijas está entre las maneras en las que un equipo de voluntarios de First Baptist Church (Primera Iglesia Bautista) en McAllen ha estado ministrando a los niños y a las jóvenes madres que cruzan la frontera. Los voluntarios han hecho la lavandería, limpiado los baños y guiado a familias completas a través del proceso -- cualquier trabajo que se necesite hacer, ellos lo hacen.

    Y en todo ello, han tenido una meta: dirigir a la gente a la esperanza que se encuentra en Cristo. Los voluntarios establecen que ellos no tienen motivos políticos y reiteran que su único deseo es mostrar compasión y hospitalidad a aquellos que han terminado en la puerta del pueblo. Read More

  • UFM muestra crecimiento constante en Georgia

    Por Jim Burton, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    RIVERDALE, Ga. (The Christian Index) -- Hay un rápido y nuevo movimiento para tener reuniones de té en Georgia. Esta reunión de té se trata de establecer educación en misiones en las iglesias bautistas hispanas de Georgia a través de la Unión Femenil Misionera hispana (UFM o WMU por sus siglas en inglés). Read More

  • Nominación de Obama causa preocupación en ERLC

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- El presidente Obama ha seleccionado a un nuevo embajador plenipotenciario para la libertad religiosa internacional en medio de un repentino remolino de actividad sobre el asunto, y la entidad de política pública de la Convención Bautista del Sur ha expresado recelo por su elección. Read More

  • EDITORIAL (Luis R. Lopez): Correr hacia los problemas y la frontera

    Por Luis R. Lopez, posted Friday, August 01, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- En la vida enfrentamos problemas. Unas veces, estos son inevitables. Otras veces, los creamos nosotros mismos. La verdad es que pudiéramos definir el camino de la vida como uno en donde encontramos diversos problemas. Read More