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Family's love carries U.S. swimmer to Beijing Olympics
BEIJING (BP)--Elaine Breeden's swimming career almost didn't get started. Her uncle signed her up for swim lessons when she was 4, but Breeden was too afraid to get into the water.
"I refused to get in, and I remember him chasing me around the pool deck," Breeden said. "He finally won, and I have been swimming ever since."
Breeden, 19, a native of Lexington, Ky., is now happy that her uncle was faster than she was. She's representing the U.S. swim team in Beijing in the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly events, her first time to compete in the Olympics.
In the 100-meter race, she advanced to the semifinals but didn't qualify for the finals. She'll begin competition in the 200-meter event Aug. 12.
A product of Trinity Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky., which doesn't have a swim team, Breeden now swims at Stanford University. In a university setting that can often be hostile to Christians, Breeden has found a group of committed believers there as she pursues not only swimming, but her relationship with Christ.
"She's found a very comfortable, encouraging place at Stanford," Breeden's mother Lenore said. "She loves everything about it."
Breeden comes from a Christian home and became a believer at a young age, and the faith that has been nurtured in her since childhood has a profound impact on her as a competitive swimmer.
"Being a Christian affects my athletics more than any other factor," Breeden said. Read More
Cyclist disappointed but still thankful
BEIJING (BP)--U.S. cyclist Amber Neben was in sixth place with one lap to go in the women's road race Aug. 10, but trouble with her chain led to a disappointing 33rd-place finish ... Read More
At Beijing church, 'all nations' worshipBEIJING (BP)--Ever since she was 9 years old, Barb Sturges wanted to live in China.
The Portland, Ore., native got her wish in 1986, when she moved to China for the first time. She's now been a China resident for 13 years total and is a member of Beijing International Christian Fellowship. Read More
Bush attends church in China
WASHINGTON (BP)--President Bush attended the worship service of a church registered with China's communist regime Aug. 10 and afterward promoted freedom of religion ... Read More
LETTER FROM CHINA, Lottie Moon: 'Opportunities' for mission work 'boundless'
EDITOR'S NOTE: Each day during Baptist Press' coverage of the Beijing Olympics, we are publishing a letter from a Southern Baptist missionary who served in China during the years before the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949. Some of the letters reveal these missionaries' great love for the people of China; others provide glimpses into what life was like for an American living abroad in the 19th century. We hope the collection helps Southern Baptists capture the passion of these grea... Read More
Sturgis outreach leads to 1,300 decisions
STURGIS, S.D. (BP)--Tears told this tale.
One couple past the first flush of youth came to Sturgis, S.D., to escape the ordinary. Winning a new Harley would have been the ultimate Sturgis souvenir, so they agreed to listen to a Christian testimony for three minutes to get in the drawing for the bike they were standing next to on Sturgis' crowded Main Street.
It was a bronze metallic 2008 Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Softail with a black and tan leather seat, which s... Read More
Hamas leader's son, now a Christian, says only Gospel can transform Mideast
LA JOLLA, Calif. (BP)--When a volunteer from the United Kingdom met a young Middle Eastern man in Jerusalem's old city and invited him to a Bible study, he had no idea he was talking to the son of a key figure in the Hamas terrorist organization.
And while the volunteer surely hoped Masab Yousef would hear the Gospel and accept Christ, he had no clue how that invitation -- and Yousef's decision for Christ four years later -- would eventually reverberate throughout the Middle East and perhap... Read More
Proposed Dem. platform sides with 'gay marriage' supporters, calls for DOMA repeal
PITTSBURGH (BP)--In a major victory for homosexual activists, the 2008 proposed Democratic Platform goes on record as opposing the Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed in 1996 that gives states protections from being forced to legalize "gay marriage."
The platform also for the first time calls for overturning the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, which prevents homosexuals from serving openly. Additionally, it repeats the party's support for the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized a... Read More
Poll: Homeschooling a constitutional right
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--More than eight in 10 Americans were at odds with a California appeals court that ruled in February that parents do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children, according to just-released data from LifeWay Research.
It seems the California appeals court now agrees. In a stunning move Aug. 8, a three-judge panel of the court reversed itself, saying the state legislature has implicitly accepted homeschooling as legal. "We ... conclude that California st... Read More
Universalism at funerals
DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--As a pastor for many years I discovered there were certain things that were extremely difficult to do. Read More
Complete Olympics Coverage
Click on the links below for all of Baptist Press' extensive Olympics Coverage. On assignment for Baptist Press, writer Tim Ellsworth and photographer David McIntyre capture the heart and soul of the competitions.
You'll find dozens of stories about athletes and Olympic ministries, photo galleries, historic letters from legendary missionaries to China and more.
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