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Astronaut takes Christian missions history into orbit
HOUSTON (BP)--Astronaut Patrick Forrester, a specialist on the Discovery crew that is in orbit now, is carrying with him a piece of the battery box from martyred missionary pilot Nate Saint's Piper PA-14 airplane.
Forrester, a deacon at University Baptist Church in Houston, has been interested in the work of Mission Aviation Fellowship and wrote to them to see if they had anything he could take on the flight, which launched Aug. 29."Sometimes the astronauts carry small pieces of something," Forrester's pastor, Robert Creech, said. "He thought he might get a patch or a certificate or something, and he was very excited when he found out it was a part of the airplane."
Saint was among the five missionaries to Ecuador, including Jim Elliot, who were murdered on a sandbar in 1956 by a tribe of Waodani Indians. Forrester first learned about the story during a Steven Curtis Chapman concert.
"He told the story of the missionaries who had gone down and had lost their lives. That story just fascinated me, and through that I heard of the book 'Through Gates of Splendor.' That's when I really first understood about MAF," Forrester said, according to a news release ... Read More
Mexico's new drug law a 'tragic surrender'
WASHINGTON (BP)--A new law in Mexico decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana and other narcotics -- including cocaine and heroin -– will inflict "a serious setback" to the battle against drugs in the United States, a Southern Baptist policy expert has predicted. Read More
Moore: adoption & Gospel go hand in handLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--What does the adoption of children have to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the local church?
Everything, says Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Russell D. Moore.
Moore -- who together with his wife Maria adopted two sons from a Russian orphanage several years ago ... Read More
Family called to adopt special needs kidsMOORE, Okla. (BP)--On the first of Chris Malone's 14 mission trips to Ukraine, the people of that country stole his heart -- and he didn't want to go home.
On one of his next trips, Malone had an opportunity to visit several orphanages, one of them for special needs children ... Read More
Young king inspires modern audience
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--It is perhaps fitting that an obscure 8-year-old king is the inspiration behind an emerging student initiative.
Although the biblical account of King Josiah is often overshadowed in Sunday School classes by his more prominent ancestors such as David and Solomon, he nevertheless completely revolutionized the culture of his kingdom in a way no one before or after him did.
That is exactly what those behind the movement called Josiah Road hope to accomplish as well.... Read More