Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

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  • Maryland high court hears 'gay marriage' case

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (BP)--Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union asked the highest court in Maryland Dec. 4 to strike down the state's marriage laws and make it the second state in the nation to legalize "gay marriage." Read More

  • Amid W. Africa’s nomadic Fulani, veterinarian calls for prayer

    by Celeste Pennington, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

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    A Fulani boy assists two Fulani cattlemen while Southern Baptist missionary Mike Houser (center) treats a cow for sleeping sickness as a way of opening doors for the Gospel.

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    The Fulani of Nigeria, West Africa, are primarily nomadic cattlemen who consider themselves to be “keepers of the torch of Islam.”

    NIGERIA, West Africa (BP)--The Fulani herder grabs a large bull by its sharply pointed horns, then, slipping one thumb in the animal’s mouth, firmly rotates its head to the side and holds it. The sleek, white animal is hobbled, his tail twitching. Yero* (YEH-row) passes a syringe to veterinarian Mike Houser, who makes the injection, then quickly pops the animal on the rump. The owner adds a red mark to its hide and they move on.

    Houser, a missionary with the International Mission Board, and his ministry partner, Yero, treat animals in Nigeria’s Kaduna state. This day, they started at 8 a.m. with Yero’s quiet prayer of blessing for the owners and their herds. Before noon they will be finished. Read More

  • As their nomadic life wanes, West Africa’s Taureg seek hope

    by Lauri Arnold, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

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    A Tuareg woman uses a knife to create a pattern in a piece of leather as part of a ministry by missionaries Warren and Sharon Hessling called “Sahel Hope” to equip the West African Tuareg with practical job skills.
    NIGER, West Africa (BP)--In Niger’s desert sands, the Tuareg people still live in the nomadic lifestyle of their ancestors, still survive where water and food are increasingly scarce, and still practice the Islamic faith passed down to them. But, with their way of life progressively threatened each day, the Tuareg now search for hope.

          The Tuareg have long lived off the land they don’t own, possessing it only as long as they live on it. Years of drought have killed their animals and left them wondering how much longer they can survive without seeking jobs in the city.

          “The way of life that is historically [Tuareg] doesn’t look like it will exist another decade,” says Warren Hessling, who along with his wife Sharon serve as strategy coordinators for the Tuareg people.

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    Missionary Warren Hessling shares with a young Tuareg man in Niamey, Niger. As an International Mission Board strategy coordinator, Warren helps direct the outreach to the Tuareg.

          Sharon recalls how a woman in a Tuareg village said she feared her family would “die out here like camels” if they didn’t get more food. Many Tuareg already have journeyed to cities to find work, but their shepherding trade doesn’t translate into city life. Their city jobs usually are guardians for other people’s homes.

    Warren estimates roughly 10 percent of city Tuareg are actually employed, adding to their burden of taking care of the extended family. Even in the city, Tuareg remain nomadic -– moving about every two years, but never owning the land. They remain largely poor. Read More

  • Tuareg convert gains family of faith in West Africa

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    NIGER, West Africa (BP)--Ibrahim* first came into Warren and Sharon Hesslings’ life as a Tuareg language guide for Warren. Though Ibrahim was at first belligerent when the Bible was brought up, his defensiveness turned to intrigue as he studied the English Bible to learn Hessling’s language. Read More

  • 24-year-old is first missionary to West Africa’s Sokoto Fulani

    by Kristen Hiller, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    NIGER, West Africa (BP)--When Danielle Koepke spent her first night in a Fulani village in Niger, West Africa, the young missionary journeyman wondered if she was ready for the experience. Surrounded by an older Fulani woman and several members of her extended family, Koepke suddenly realized how little these Fulani people understood her. Read More

  • Prayers by small church answered in West Africa

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    BARDSTOWN, Ky. (BP)--The praying members of Wickland Baptist Church are proving that small churches can impact the nations. The Bardstown, Ky., congregation, with an average worship attendance of 65, prayerfully chose to adopt the Sokoto Fulani unreached people group of Niger, West Africa. Now they praise God for providing co-laborers to share the love of Jesus Christ among the Sokoto Fulani people. Read More

  • Special bond blossoms on the mission field

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    NIGER, West Africa (BP)--Missionary Sharon Hessling visits her “mother” regularly –- cries with Ameera* when life is hard and celebrates with her in good times. This bond between mother and daughter does not pass from the womb, however, but from the heart. Read More

  • Southern Baptists respond to Philippine typhoon

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    MANILA, Philippines (BP)--Southern Baptist workers are responding to the human suffering caused by Typhoon Durian, which tore through the Philippines Nov. 30. Read More

  • GuideStone to launch date target funds

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP)--GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is expanding its investment choices for eligible participants with the Jan. 2 launch of MyDestination Funds. These five registered date target funds will be managed to specific retirement dates and may be suitable for investors of all ages looking to create or maintain a diversified age-appropriate retirement choice in a single fund. Read More

  • NOBTS mourns death of Stan Wilkins, beloved prof

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP)--Students and faculty members at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s North Georgia Extension Center are mourning the loss of Stan Wilkins, a beloved adjunct professor and former associate dean. Read More

  • Artist displays talent used in unique outreach

    by Katie Nalls, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--More than 300 students and leaders with a call to ministry descended on the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary campus Nov. 17-18 for the inaugural KALEO: New Orleans conference. Read More

  • Midwestern hosts church growth annual conference

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--The American Society for Church Growth re-examined church growth in the modern era at its 26th annual conference Nov. 2-4 at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Season of self-denial

    by Wanda S. Lee, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--A letter from Lottie Moon, missionary to China, was published in the Foreign Mission Journal in 1887 urging Southern Baptist women to take seriously their role in reaching the world for Christ. In today’s busy church life, we sometimes forget her call to prayer, sacrificial giving and self-denial. As we begin our celebration of Christmas, let’s remember the words of Lottie herself: Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Making evangelism good news again

    by Toby Frost, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2006 (12 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--"The world I learned to reach in seminary 20 years ago no longer exists!" These words from a pastor friend have riveted me since I first heard them last year. Read More