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Friday, May 03, 2013

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  • Sea Gypsies in Thailand relish Wasana Moonsiti's weekly visits

    by Evelyn Adamson*, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    KOH PAYAM, Thailand (BP) -- Wasana Moonsiti closes her eyes and leans back, fighting seasickness as the boat rolls through the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea toward the island of Koh Payam, Thailand.

    There a small group of Moken people await her arrival, as they do every weekend.

    The Moken, or Sea Gypsies as they are commonly known, are semi-nomadic sea dwellers whose primary sources of income are fishing and gathering shells.

    Coasting into the dock, the boat slows to a stop. Moonsiti's traveling companion, International Mission Board worker Alyssa Branding*, climbs down the steep, steel stairs to ready packages for the final leg of the journey to the Moken village. Friends since 2004, Branding and Moonsiti find their lives and ministries often intersect.

    "Wasana stays at the Moken village every weekend, I usually help her ministry on Saturdays," Branding said.

    Tasked with her own ministry among migrant factory workers in the seaside town of Ranong, Thailand, Branding believes it is vital to support believers in the pursuit of their calling.

    "We may not have the same calling, but it is still important, as a believer, to help Wasana reach those she is called to share with," Branding said as she stacked packages.

    Moonsiti slides her feet across the wobbly wooden plank to carry packages to dockworkers, who form an assembly line to help unload the cargo. Boxes filled with snacks, food, medical equipment and Bible stories are catalysts Moonsiti uses in sharing the Gospel among the Moken.

    Today, Moonsiti taxis across the island, but normally she prefers to save money and walk, saying, "If I can walk, I save money to buy more things for the children."

    Branding and Moonsiti use motorcycle taxis to zip over hills and through the tropical trees to a small beach on the southern end of the island. Dropping their bags at a hotel, they begin the final leg of the trip down the beach. The women pause to remove their shoes and roll up their pant legs.

    Moonsiti's eyes sparkle and a smile tugs at her lips while she updates Branding on recent village events. Reaching the canal crossing, Moonsiti wades straight through, greeting the jumping, waving and swimming children awaiting her arrival.

    Moonsiti is fortunate the tide is still low.

    "If the big tide is in, it gets quite rough," Moonsiti said as water sloshed around her feet. "I cannot [go through] then, so I wait, sometimes two hours, [before crossing]." Read More

  • Online gambling gets 'watershed moment'

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Online gambling got a big boost Wednesday (May 1) as Nevada became the first state to allow real-money Internet gambling with the launch of a Las Vegas-based online poker site. Read More

  • USCIRF: Religious liberty 'increasingly dire'

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    "Religious freedom is both a pivotal human right under international law and a key factor that helps determine whether a nation experiences stability of chaos."

    -- Katrina Lantos Swett

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty continues to suffer globally at the hands of extremists and totalitarian governments, according to a new report by a congressionally approved watchdog. Read More

  • College president 'exonerated' by trustees

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    PINEVILLE, La. (BP) -- Louisiana College's board of trustees met on the school's Pineville campus April 30 for the purpose of addressing the college's "budget and other items of regular business," according to a statement released after a regularly scheduled board meeting March 19. Read More

  • R.I. 10th state to legalize gay marriage

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BP) -- Rhode Island became the 10th state to legalize gay marriage Thursday (May 2) when its governor signed a bill into law. Read More

  • Page: U.S. at immigration 'crossroads'

    by Martin Wiles/Baptist Courier, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (BP) -- As support for immigration reform continues to grow among Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians, Frank Page said in a recent speech that the U.S. stands "at a crossroad of opportunity" for dealing justly with the nation's undocumented immigrants. Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: CNN uses foul language to boost ratings

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- CNN is "sliding down a slippery slope of classless unprofessionalism" by using a celebrity chef known for profanity to boost ratings.

    Hollywood agent Alec Shankman told ratings rival Fox News, "Typically swearing is edited out with bleeping sounds when it is unintentional and/or inappropriate for the audience," with most reality and news shows making a point to edit it out.

    At issue is CNN's "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown," which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern. Appar... Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: The power of focused prayer

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Roger S. "Sing" Oldham of the SBC Executive Committee writes about the New Testament passage that notes the power an "urgent request of a righteous person" (James 5:16-17). Read More

  • EDITORIAL: La Verdadera Paz

    by Mike Gonzales, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Cada día cuando vemos las noticias por la televisión o leemos el periódico siempre vemos los conflictos entre naciones o rumores de guerras que están a punto de estallar. ... Read More

  • 'Mi Experiencia con Dios': Documental recapitula 23 años de discipulado

    Por Polly House, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Un documental sobre el impacto de "Mi Experiencia con Dios" -- un estudio de discipulado que influenció a una generación -- es la primera presentación de LifeWay Films.

    "Mi Experiencia con Dios: Cómo Conocer y Hacer la Voluntad de Dios" por Henry Blackaby y Claude King ha tocado y cambiado millones de vidas y miles de iglesias en todo el mundo desde su publicación en 1990. El libro de trabajo que ha vendido más de 7 millones de copias, está disponible en más de 45 idiomas y ha sido usado en casi cada denominación.

    Mi Experiencia con Dios ha originado docenas de otros libros y herramientas incluyendo el recién publicado "Experiencing God at Home" (Mi Experiencia con Dios en el Hogar) libro y currículo, "Your Church Experiencing God Together," (Su Iglesia Experimenta Junta a Dios,) "The Man God Uses," (El Hombre que Dios Usa,) "Refrescante Experiencia con Dios" y "Mi experiencia con Dios" el musical.

    Ahora, el documental se enfoca en algunas de las historias que reflejan la influencia de Mi Experiencia con Dios durante más de dos décadas. LifeWay Films es una división de Recursos Cristianos LifeWay de la Convención Bautista del Sur.

    "Hemos escuchado cientos de historias acerca de cómo Mi Experiencia con Dios sirvió como catalizador para que alguien hiciera un dramático cambio de vida," dijo King, especialista en discipulado de LifeWay. "Oramos para que estas tres representen bien la influencia que Mi Experiencia con Dios ha tenido durante estos 23 años." Read More

  • Los hispanos se preparan para convivir, evangelizar

    Por David Raúl Lema Jr., posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    MIAMI (BP) -- Las iglesias hispanas y los voluntarios servirán en la iniciativa Crossover "Por Amor a Houston" (en inglés, "Loving Houston"). Las iglesias hispanas locales están planificando una amplia variedad de actividades así como eventos de evangelismo masivo en las comunidades hispanas. Para obtener más información, visite Por Amor a Houston. Read More

  • COMPENDIO CULTURA: Juego de azar en línea tiene un 'momento clave'

    Por el personal, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- El juego de azar en línea obtuvo un empuje el miércoles (1º de mayo) cuando Nevada se convirtió en el primer estado en permitir dinero real en el juego de azar por internet con el lanzamiento de un sitio de póquer en línea con base en Las Vegas. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: La Verdadera Paz

    Por Mike Gonzales, posted Friday, May 03, 2013 (5 years ago)

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Cada día cuando vemos las noticias por la televisión o leemos el periódico siempre vemos los conflictos entre naciones o rumores de guerras que están a punto de estallar. Read More