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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

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  • A pimp's sentencing leaves Iryna surprised by tears

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Kristi Cabe
    NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- For years, Iryna only wanted one thing -- a phone call. She wanted it for Christmas, for her birthday, any day, any time, the sooner the better.

    And it didn't matter who called as long as they told her what she wanted to hear -- that the man who had sold her for sex had died.

    "I hated him," Iryna said. "I hated all the traffickers, all the pimps."

    Quite a different emotion, however, startled her. It started small, much like the way she, once a bright college student, had been lured into trafficking. Read More

  • Human trafficking: Opponents hold 'Night of Hope'

    by Connie Davis Bushey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "The United States of America needs to use its moral leadership to end modern slavery around the world," U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said to applause at a "Night of Hope Nashville" on ending human trafficking.

    Twenty-seven million people around the world are living in slavery because of human trafficking, "more than at any time in our world's history," Corker told 300 people in attendance at First Baptist Church of Donelson in Nashville. Read More

  • Election Day: God's leadership in voting considered

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- God can and does lead believers to vote for particular candidates. But that doesn't mean Spirit-filled believers all will vote for the same candidate.

    That's the Election Day conclusion of several pastors who have devoted themselves to prayer and seeking spiritual awakening through the years.

    "Christians have to really decide: In this election, do I really believe God can give me wisdom?" Arkansas pastor Bill Elliff told Baptist Press. "He says in James 1, 'If you lack wisdom' -- we could add 'about which candidate to vote for' -- 'then ask God and He will give it to you.'" Read More

  • Kan.-Neb. Baptists increase CP 3 percent

    by Eva Wilson/Baptist Digest, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BELLEVUE, Neb. (BP) -- Messengers to the annual meeting of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB) approved a 3 percent increase in the amount forwarded through the Cooperative Program for national and international missions and ministries.

    The meeting, Oct. 10-11 at the Omaha-area LifeSpring Church in Bellevue, Neb., drew 214 messengers and 22 registered guests with a theme of "Better Together" based on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Read More

  • Mont. Southern Baptists 'Refresh' at annual meeting

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MISSOULA, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) President Darren Hales described the group's 2016 annual meeting as having the "feel of a missions conference and the impact of a revival service."

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines spoke during the meeting and "stoked the fire for spiritual renewal through prayer," Hales said. And Don Pierson, pastor of Stewart's Chapel Baptist Church in Flintville, Tenn., led the group in focused prayer at the meeting's prayer summit. Read More