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  • Middle Eastern couple 'lost everything,' gained Christ

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, May 01, 2018 (9 months ago)

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Alvaro and Haya Altaras* know what it's like to be homeless and to lose everything they own.

    The Middle Eastern natives had to leave the country where they were born several years ago due to civil war. They went across the border and became refugees living in Jordan.

    But that was really a new beginning.

    "I lost everything, but I gained what I needed most -- Jesus Christ," Altaras shared during an April 5 chapel service for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board staff in Franklin, Tenn. Read More

  • Strike on Syria called 'just,' prayer urged

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Following a U.S. missile strike against Syria, Southern Baptists pledged prayer and claimed the action was appropriate retribution for deadly chemical attacks allegedly carried out by the Syrian military.

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said he "completely support[s]" President Trump's authorization of the attack. Former U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Douglas Carver said the strike "met the 'just war' criteria for military actions." Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission ... Read More

  • Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urge

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ALEPPO, Syria (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders are exhorting Christians to pray for Aleppo, Syria, a city being destroyed in civil war between the Syrian government and rebels including the Islamic State.

    The latest call for prayer follows the desperate pleas of residents who believed their death was imminent as the Syrian government reportedly made significant progress in overtaking and evacuating rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo. The United Nations received multiple reports of execution-style killings -- although it was not clear whether the perpetrators were government or rebel forces -- and as many as 6,000 men who had tried to evacuate eastern Aleppo have been forced to fight for the Syrian government, the New York Times reported Dec. 13. Read More

  • In IS-torn Iraq & Syria, rays of hope for Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, November 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MIDDLE EAST (BP) -- While the Islamic State maintains territorial strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Christians have reportedly been able to remain in or return to areas where they held majorities before civil war began.

    Alqosh, about 30 miles north of IS-held Mosul, is described as the last Christian town in Iraq, with 500 Christian families, four churches and two monasteries, World Watch Monitor reported Thursday (Nov. 3). Iraqi soldiers are liberating several surrounding communities in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul, including Qaraqosh, Karamles and Bartella, allowing some Christians to return to their homes despite fear of landmines left behind by Islamic State terrorists, World Watch said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Refugees - retreat or welcome?

    by Erich Bridges, posted Monday, October 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

    With millions of refugees across the world -- half of them from Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan -- evangelicals face a choice: retreat or extend a welcome, missions columnist Erich Bridges writes. Churches, he notes, "have been the primary sponsors and welcomers of refugees to the U.S. since the aftermath of the Vietnam War. We still are -- for now." Read More

  • Christian response to refugees & Muslims discussed

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 11, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians are missing out on chances to share Christ amid the fearful, hostile discourse on refugees and Muslims currently prevalent, a Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate said at a Capitol Hill discussion.

    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), said Dec. 9, "[T]here are many opportunities for people to visibly show the love of Christ that are being evaporated due to fear." Read More

  • Religious liberty key to refugee crisis, leaders say

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 09, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "The lives of these many refugees fleeing religious and ethnic oppression matter to our God." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom and the protection of religious minorities are essential to resolving the escalating refugee crisis in Syria and other countries, human rights advocates said at a forum in the nation's capital.

    Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Robert George, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, addressed the ... Read More

  • The Syrian refugee crisis & you

    by Travis Wussow, posted Friday, September 11, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Jennifer Freedman
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Turkey's shores received the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi minutes after a small boat capsized while carrying him into the Mediterranean in early September with his father, mother and 4-year-old brother and other refugees from the Syrian Civil War.

    They left with hope of finding safety and security. Instead, Aylan and his brother became two of more than 11,000 children -- at least 230 of whom were also 3 years old -- killed as a result of the war, as recounted in a Washington Post report on Sept. 5. Read More

  • Syrian refugees long for happier Ramadan

    by Jedediah Smith, posted Friday, July 17, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Stock photo by Jedediah Smith
    ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (BP) -- For many who escaped from the violent civil war in Syria, this is their fifth Ramadan in a foreign country. Families in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan are going through a challenging time as they recall happier Ramadan holidays in Syria. Read More

  • Iraqi, Syrian refugees haunted by war, loss

    by Keith Weston, posted Monday, May 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SWEDEN (BP) -- Inside a coffee shop on a damp and dreary afternoon, I sat next to Ahmed,* a 32-year-old Iraqi refugee I first met in Milan, Italy, two months earlier. Thousands of miles from northern Italy, the married father and former information technology worker sat drinking a cappuccino as music blared in the background.

    The scene in Sweden was quite different from our initial encounter: Read More