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Study: Sex trafficking contributes to AIDS epidemic
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 collideNEW 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."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'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
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
Next May, Jesus to occupy Paradise thronePARADISE, Kan. (BP)--What in the world was a grown man doing in the middle of an empty field in Kansas? Read More
'Urgency' underscored at leaders' meeting
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