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In Bangladesh: transforming young hearts one girl at a timeBANGLADESH (BP) -- When Geri Hennerman* began serving in Bangladesh nearly 10 years ago, she didn't anticipate being constantly overwhelmed by poverty and needs.
Each day she saw women and children begging on the street, families living in poverty in the slums and Bangladeshi friends struggling with finances.
"It's day by day, sometimes five or six times a day," Geri says. "... It's not just people you're seeing on the street. It's people knocking on your door, coming in your home. So it's not something that you can really get away from unless you just don't deal with people at all, ever."
Dealing with people is exactly what Texans Geri and her husband Mickey* want to do -- they're Christian workers who strive to be Jesus' heart, hands and voice to Bangladeshi people.
Even if they wanted to, getting away from people isn't easy in Bangladesh. The country is the fifth most densely populated in the world. Roughly the size of the state of Arkansas, Bangladesh contains more than half of the population of the entire United States. Eighty-four percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day, and an estimated 7 million people live in slums.
"I have a soft spot and I really want to help," Geri says. "... Somebody has their hand out, I want to give." Read More
Gosnell murder verdicts become fodder for both sides of abortion debateWASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life and pro-choice advocates alike applauded the jury verdicts for Kermit Gosnell but sharply disagreed on what should be learned from the convictions of the Philadelphia abortion doctor. Read More
German homeschoolers denied asylumCINCINNATI (BP) -- A German homeschooling family has been denied asylum in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Read More
Women: Bangladesh's 'unreached people'BANGLADESH (BP) -- The small-framed girl weaves through the mass of bodies bustling along a congested sidewalk. Her dark, almond-shaped eyes dart from person to person, choosing a subject. She approaches a woman and tugs on her sleeve, extending a small, dirty palm and uttering in a childish, imploring voice: "Sister, give me two taka [2½ cents]!" Read More
'Light of Hope' makes all the differenceBANGLADESH (BP) -- In an apartment building just a few blocks from where Minara* is begging, a teenager in a neatly pressed pink-and-green uniform sits at a long, wooden table. Her thick braid of curly hair falls over her shoulder as she bends over a notebook, jotting down math problems. Her brow furrows in concentration as she erases what she just wrote and starts again. Read More
Couple balances life so both can ministerBANGLADESH (BP) -- Geri Hennerman* stands in her living room balancing 19-month-old Chloe* on her hip, talking with her national partner and flipping through her blue day planner as she tries to set up their next prayer meeting. Read More
A calling reaches from Missouri to Bangladesh
VERONA, Mo. (BP) -- Some children are raised in and by the church, and Jane Wise* was definitely the "church's kid." Read More
Tebow knows 'who holds my future'
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (BP) -- Less than two weeks after the New York Jets released him, quarterback Tim Tebow told a crowd of about 3,000 at a Michigan college that his main goal is to impact lives, whether on or off the field. Read More
WORLDVIEW: 5 tips for graduates
Columnist Erich Bridges shares a few practical tips for graduates, including a challenge to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Mich., Ala. & Ky. evangelism/missions news; "The rest of them are lost, so we have a lot of work to do"
Today's From the States features items from:
Baptist Beacon (Michigan)
The Alabama Baptist
Western Recorder (Kentucky)
Hmong churches share passion
to eliminate lostness in Michigan
By Karen L. Willoughby
ROSEVILLE, Mich. (Baptist Beacon) -- "Bro. Pao is a humble servant who has led the church he pastors to love people," says former associational missionary Marc Bewley about Cher Pao Yang.
Yang actually pastors four churches, leads the Hmong work in Michigan and Ohio, a... Read More