Baptist Press Archive

Thursday, August 16, 2007

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  • Study: Sex trafficking contributes to AIDS epidemic

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, August 16, 2007 (11 years ago)

    CHICAGO (BP)--Intervention to release sex-trafficked girls and women from forced prostitution may be an important strategy in preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, according to a study released in August by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

          Researchers called for strengthened efforts to prevent sex trafficking and to protect trafficking survivors after they found that victims of forced prostitution in India contributed to the HIV/AIDS epidemic when they were repatriated into their native country of Nepal.

    "Currently, relatively few such efforts exist, and organizations that do engage in this work often lack adequate political or financial support," the authors of the report from the Harvard School of Public Health wrote in reference to intervention work. Read More

  • Where voodoo & Christianity collide

    by Stacey Billger, posted Thursday, August 16, 2007 (11 years ago)

    Photo by Stacey Billger
    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--The subtle or blatant presence of idolatry and debauchery abounds in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Yet, a beacon of hope is nestled snugly just off Bourbon Street -- Vieux Carre Baptist Church.

    Photo by Stacey Billger
          "The difference between the French Quarter and [other] suburban areas is the concentration of darkness," Greg Hand, the church's pastor, noted. His wife Wren added, "There is a very real spiritual oppression that is present here." Read More

  • Game Day VBS a success at 'The Met'

    by Polly House, posted Thursday, August 16, 2007 (11 years ago)

    Photo by Kent Harville
    HOUSTON (BP)--"Game Day Central: Where Heroes are Made" may have been the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School, but for one church, the heroes were already there. Read More

  • Earthquake toll passes 400 in Peru

    by Kristen Hiller, posted Thursday, August 16, 2007 (11 years ago)

    LIMA, Peru (BP)--Missionaries Pam and Kevin Shearer were sitting down to dinner with their daughter when the Aug. 15 earthquake struck Lima, Peru, and nearby regions. Read More

  • 'Urgency' underscored at leaders' meeting

    by Mickey Noah, posted Thursday, August 16, 2007 (11 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP)--A record number of state Southern Baptist leaders were encouraged to "live with urgency" in order to win North America for Christ during the North American Mission Board's annual summer state leadership meeting in Atlanta.

    The meeting's 466 participants represented state and associational executives, missions directors, church planters, evangelism specialists and missionaries from 42 state Baptist conventions, Canada and Puerto Rico.

    NAMB President Geoff Hammond urged par... Read More

  • Common sense in 'mommy wars'

    by Penna Dexter, posted Thursday, August 16, 2007 (11 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--The divide between working and stay-at-home mothers has always been over-hyped. The term "mommy wars" doesn't really describe the way mothers relate to one another. Read More