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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope for the forgotten refugee

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    EUROPE (BP) -- Six years ago, one of Seth Peyton's* good friends paid a high price to escape the violence and famine of his home country.

    Like hundreds of other North African refugees, he gave his savings to a smuggler who packed him into a standing-room-only truck for a long, miserable trip across the Sahara Desert followed by a dangerous boat ride across the Mediterranean Sea.

    Many don't make it -- their bodies wash up on the shore of Europe's coast. But Seth's friend said he wasn't sure the fate he found in surviving was better. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Gospel vision anchors Mexico City team

    by IMB staff, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    MEXICO CITY (BP) -- From Todd Beel's house in Mexico City, he can spot planes coming in every five minutes or so. "Each time, that's another couple hundred people coming in from Europe, multiple cities across Europe, cities across South America, many cities in the United States and Canada," he points out.

    Each time one lands, the city of more than 28 million opens its arms to a little more diversity, and each time, for Todd's team of 12 International Mission Board missionaries, the task gets a little bigger. But that's exactly why they're compelled to be there. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Prayers back home boost new Japan church

    by IMB staff, posted Tuesday, December 05, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    JAPAN (BP) -- From the minute Tara Jones walked through the door of her new pediatrician's office, she knew something was going on that was bigger than the fact she had a sick child.

    Tara and her husband Jared had been praying for years for God to start a fire in the hearts of the people of Japan, where the couple serves as International Mission Board missionaries. They had been praying for God to open very specific doors -- doors that many people had told them were sealed shut. And they had been praying for God to soften hearts in a country many consider hard, cold and closed. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Ministry among Muslims in Moscow

    by IMB staff, posted Monday, December 04, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    MOSCOW, Russia (BP) -- Argun* is tough. He and his friend Carlos*, a businessman who moved to Russia to share Christ with Muslims, spend many nights at a martial arts club in Moscow.

    And when they do, Argun doesn't lose very often.

    When he first met Carlos, Argun was very closed to the Gospel, even hostile. He associated Christians with the Russian army, the ones who bombed his childhood home in Chechnya. But ever since Argun moved to Moscow, his friendship with ... Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Mountaineering family weathers Nepal challenge

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NEPAL (BP) -- Radford Bagby* has long heard mountaineering referred to as a "selfish" sport -- it can be risky and expensive, and climbers tend to like to keep to themselves.

    But Radford found the more he got into it, the more God put a passion for other people on his heart.

    "I got my bachelor's in sports education, and we watched a lot of mountaineering documentaries," he said. "The people interviewed in the films kept talking about how the mountains represented certain gods to them, and I kept thinking somebody needs to go and share truth with these guys." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Praying for others

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Ronnie Floyd notes that churches, denominations, ministries and the prayer movement in American cannot be separated from evangelism. "Every Christian needs to pray for others to come to faith in Jesus Christ," he writes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Where to turn for solace & comfort

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (7 months ago)

    "The sorrow that our nation feels now is palpable," David Jeremiah notes of hurricanes, flooding, mass killings and wildfires. "Where else should we go but to the Father who sees all and knows every emotion we feel?" he writes. Read More

  • Congress' prayer tradition upheld by federal judge

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The constitutionality of legislative prayer gained reaffirmation Wednesday (Oct. 11) when a federal court dismissed an atheist's challenge of the U.S. House of Representatives' right to bar him from delivering an invocation.

    Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia said U.S. Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer to open congressional sessions and the House's rules in carrying out the practice. Collyer's support for legislative prayer in Congress came three months after a federal appeals court invalidated the practice in a North Carolina county. Read More

  • 'Miracles really do happen,' Scalise says to House

    by Staff, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana described himself as "definitely a living example that miracles really do happen" in his first appearance in the U.S House of Representatives after suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound 15 weeks ago.

    Scalise, the House's majority whip and a leading conservative in the Republican Party, spoke today (Sept. 28) after walking into the packed chamber with the aid of crutches. He was shot June 14 at an Alexandria, Va., park as GOP members practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Read More

  • Student-led prayer weathering the storms

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Catastrophic hurricanes in the U.S. and the Caribbean impeded planning for an annual student-led prayer event held this morning (Sept. 27), but likely did not daunt desires to pray, organizers told Baptist Press.

    In Texas, Hurricane Harvey killed an estimated 82 people or more and extensively flooded several communities just as training for the prayer event, See You at the Pole (SYATP), would have begun in late August, SYATP greater Houston metro coordinator John Butler said. Read More