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  • Chibok girls’ struggles subject of HBO film

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (yesterday)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) – "And by God's grace, we'll make it," one of 276 Christian schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped from Chibok proclaims in the preview of an upcoming HBO documentary on the captives who've been released.

    "Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram" showcases 103 Chibok schoolgirls struggling to regain normalcy nearly five years after their ordeal began. More than 100 Chibok girls remain captive or missing since the April 2014 raid on the Government Girls Secondary School in the predominantly Christian town of Chibok. Read More

  • 'Pour out Your Holy Spirit on … Trump,' Brunson prays

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Just a day after his release from incarceration in Turkey, freed American pastor Andrew Brunson prayed for President Donald Trump in an Oct. 13 meeting in the White House Oval Office.

    "Lord God, I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that You give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him," Brunson prayed, according to a video CBS news tweeted. Brunson's family, Congressional members and media attended the 2:30 p.m. meeting. Read More

  • Imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson free at last

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 12, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    ALIAGA, Turkey (BP) -- Pastor Andrew Brunson reportedly will fly to the United States Oct. 13, released after two years' incarceration on disputed charges that could have led to life imprisonment.

    Although Turkey did not proclaim Brunson innocent, a court in Aliaga today (Oct. 12) released him on time served after sentencing him to three years, one month and 15 days, The New York Times reported. The court found him guilty of "terror," the Times said, following charges of espionage and undermining the constitutional order of the state. Read More

  • Christian, ethnic persecution 'nightmare' in China

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians and ethnic minorities are living a "nightmare" in China under President Xi Jinping, a congressional commission report released today (Oct. 10) documents.

    Jinping's unmerciful program to "Sinicize" religion into a government-controlled framework, marginalize ethnic minorities including Uyghur Muslims, and redefine human rights intensified in 2018, making life a nightmare for civilians, U.S. Representative and commission co-chair Chris Smith said in releasing the 2018 Annual Report of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC). Read More

  • In NYC, trustees deepen their church planting vision

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (7 days ago)

    NAMB photo by Hayley Catt
    NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- As the No. 7 New York City subway line rises from underground in Queens, N.Y., passengers then find themselves riding above one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world.

    In the school system alone, 176 languages are spoken among an estimated 800 languages spoken in Queens.

    A group of NAMB trustees and staff exited the subway to meet church planting missionaries Adam Bishop, Silvanus Bhandari and Joseph Biswas on the aptly-named Diversity Plaza in ... Read More

  • Christian mother's life in hands of Pakistani court

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 09, 2018 (8 days ago)

    BP file photo.
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP) -- Christian mother Asia Bibi only offered a Muslim coworker a drink of water. Subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, Bibi awaits the result of her final court appeal heard Oct. 8.

    The coworker said Bibi's Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, setting off a chain of false accusations related to Bibi's beliefs and backed by Muslim clerics. The Supreme Court of Pakistan heard hours of testimony before deferring a ruling in the case, with no official timeline set for a decision, according to news reports. Read More

  • A return to Mao era persecution in China?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 03, 2018 (14 days ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- Police raided church services Sept. 30 in various Chinese provinces in escalating persecutions said to be "returning to those evident in Mao's era."

    Government officials disrupted services at five or more churches in at least four provinces in central, southern and southwestern China, removing crosses, blocking entrances, disbanding worship and harassing members, International Christian Concern (ICC) reported today (Oct. 3).

    "Christians in China are bracing themselves for the worst clampdown since the Cultural Revolution," ICC Regional Manager Gina Goh said in the ICC press release. "The scale and tactics employed by the authorities are unprecedented and disturbing. Every day there are churches across China that become fresh victims of persecution." Read More

  • Mission, majesty of church focus of MBTS conf.

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Monday, October 01, 2018 (16 days ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Through worshipful times of praise music and messages from God's Word, the For the Church National Conference, held at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, focused on reaffirming and recommitting to the glory given to and Great Commission aspects of the local church.

    Keynote speakers Russell Moore, Charlie Dates, David Choi, Jason Allen, Owen Strachan, and Jared Wilson preached messages revolving around the conference's theme of "Mission and Majesty of the Church." Jimmy McNeal of Austin Stone Worship led attendees in praise and worship songs. Read More

  • Rebel force attacks Bapt. churches in Burma

    by Burma correspondent/Morning Star News, posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    YANGON, Burma (BP) -- Ethnic Wa rebels this month shut down churches or destroyed their buildings and temporarily detained several clergymen in eastern Burma (Myanmar), sources said.

    On the border with China, soldiers of Myanmar's largest ethnic rebel group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), attacked the churches in the rebel's autonomous region in Shan state, according to Christian leaders.

    "We confirmed that at least 12 churches have been destroyed or closed as of Sept. 20," a Christian leader who has lived in the Wa region for several decades told Morning Star News. The Wa people worship ancestral spirits, and the move by the UWSA was meant to hamper Christian missionary activity, said the leader on condition of anonymity.

    Most of the targets were Baptist churches in Panghsang, where Wa soldiers destroyed crosses, the source said. The headquarters of the UWSA is located in Panhsang, on Burma's border with China. Read More

  • NAMB, Revitalize Network add focus outside the South

    by NAMB Staff, posted Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (22 days ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board, in partnering with the new Revitalize Network initiated by Thom Rainer, will provide resources, tools and coaching to churches in need of revitalization outside the South.

    "One of the biggest things we hear expressed from established churches outside the South is the need for revitalization resources," NAMB President Kevin Ezell said. "Thom's new network will offer a great solution for that. This will revolutionize the access these churches have to revitalization tools." Read More