Baptist Press Archive

Friday, April 23, 1999

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  • Southern Baptists rush aid to Kosovo refugees

    by Mike Creswell, posted Friday, April 23, 1999 (19 years ago)

    TIRANA, Albania (BP) -- Southern Baptists have sent an eight-member task force into Albania to help cope with the flood of Kosovar refugees that swells literally by the hour.

    Seven missionaries arrived in Tirana from Bosnia on April 9 to set up a food distribution program, led by Bill Steele, a missionary based in Sarajevo. They are working with a $100,000 appropriation from Southern Baptists' International Mission Board. The seven joined missionary Lee Bradley of Anniston, Ala., who already ... Read More

  • Volunteers needed in Albania; some cancel Sarajevo plans

    by , posted Friday, April 23, 1999 (19 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Southern Baptist volunteers will be needed in Albania in weeks ahead, but missionaries there still are assessing needs and establishing a basic food program, according to Southern Baptist missionary Bill Steele.

    "We're thinking we may need some food preparation teams and many other kinds of volunteers," Steele said. "But it's too soon right now to say what those will be." An assessment team arrived in Albania April 20 to help design an International Mission Board response ... Read More

  • Resettlement of Kosovo refugees to create U.S. ministry opportunities

    by James Dotson, posted Friday, April 23, 1999 (19 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--The planned resettlement of 20,000 refugees from Kosovo to the United States has created ministry opportunities ranging from direct sponsorship of families to assisting families with relatives coming from Kosovo, according to the North American Mission Board’s immigration ministries specialist.

    “Most Albanian Kosovars are Muslims but Serbia is predominantly Christian. This tragic situation has given the Kosovars a distorted perception of Christians and Christ... Read More

  • Mother of 4: NBC’s ‘Noah’s Ark’ is inaccurate & exc

    by Ken Walker, posted Friday, April 23, 1999 (19 years ago)

    LAKELAND, Fla. (BP)--The NBC television network calls its upcoming "Noah's Ark" a lavish retelling of the biblical epic. But a Florida homemaker warns that it contains biblical inaccuracies, graphic violence and sexual overtones.

    Lisse McBride said the “bizarre” four-hour movie shouldn't be labeled family entertainment. She has been distributing flyers to friends and church members, advising them to avoid the May 2-3 miniseries produced by Hallmark Entertainment.

    "They twisted ... Read More

  • Chapman shares $6M reminder of Cooperative Program support

    by Tommy Vaughn, posted Friday, April 23, 1999 (19 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Tuition was due and a young Morris Chapman didn’t have it. He sold his ’48 Chevy, hoping to raise the cash for his first year at Mississippi College. Instead, he ended up with three post-dated checks and a miracle.

    When Chapman tried to enroll without enough cash, the registrar recommended the deferred payment plan. Pulling the checks from his pocket, Chapman noticed each was "dated almost to the day" the deferred payments were due.

    "I try to remember that... Read More

  • Former Albanian worker voices heart for witness to Kosovo Muslim refugees

    by Robyn Little, posted Friday, April 23, 1999 (19 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The television flashes pictures of weeping refugees and hungry children, people in despair fleeing the war-torn country of Kosovo for safe haven in neighboring Albania. The pictures look foreign to most Americans, but Paula Chaney is looking at scenes from a place she used to call home.

    Chaney, a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary student from Georgia, spent 10 months of her life serving as a leadership and discipleship trainer with the Southern Baptist Internat... Read More

  • Church’s ‘Awakening’ has yielded 600 professions of faith

    by Russell N. Dilday, posted Friday, April 23, 1999 (19 years ago)

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (BP)--An “Awakening” revival at Second Baptist Church, Hot Springs, Ark., has resulted in 600 professions of faith in Christ -- including 406 baptisms -- and what pastor Chuck McAlister called “a powerful move of God” in the church and community.

    McAlister said the purpose of the Awakening is “to bring something new to the city of Hot Springs. The Awakening is a powerful move of God that we believe will change this city. We are committed to cont... Read More