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Category: Missions

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For many of our contemporaries, no one sums up missionaries of an earlier era like Nathan Price. The patriarch in Barbara Kingsolver’s 1998 novel, The Poisonwood Bible, Price tries to baptize new Congolese Christians in a river filled with crocodiles. He proclaims Tata Jesus is bangala!, thinking he is saying, “Jesus is beloved.” In fact, the phrase…

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(Reuters) – Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey. Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with…

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By: Ray Ortlund “. . . a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”  Luke 7:34 What does it mean for a church to be gospel-centered?  That’s a popular concept these days.  Good.  What if we were scrambling to be law-centered?  But the difference is not so easy in real terms. A gospel-centered church holds together…

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By: Thom Rainer Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But I don’t pull my predictions out of thin air. To the…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Mary and John Harper* served in South Asia as Southern Baptist representatives through gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and Cooperative Program, which fund the presence and missions outreach of nearly 5,000 Southern Baptist personnel internationally. Gifts to the Lottie Moon offering are received through local Southern Baptist churches…

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Educational reforms in Nigeria’s Osun state have created religious tensions in schools, resulting in Islamist youths beating a Christian principal unconscious last month, Christian leaders said. The state in southwestern Nigeria reclassified schools in September, thus merging those originally founded by Christian missionaries with other schools. The mergers, including the blending of single-sex schools with…

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Christian Aid fears inadequate shelter will put the lives of Syrian refugees at risk this winter. The development agency fears one of the harshest winters in years may be just around the corner. Countries neighbouring Syria are struggling to cope with a seven-fold increase in the number of refugees arriving in the last year as a…

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The tireless work of missionaries can only be fueled by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. (J. Lee Grady)

“I am convinced that anybody with as much boldness as Althea Meyer is not doing this kind of work because she enjoys the punishment. She does it because the Holy Spirit gives supernatural courage to those who are sent on divine assignment.” -J. Lee Grady Pentecostals get a bad rap these days from all sides. Secularists…

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WHEN YOU HEAR Katie Davis’ story, or read her amazing book, Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption, you might find yourself searching for background clues as to how a senior class president and homecoming queen from Tennessee finds herself moving to Uganda, starting a nonprofit organization, and beginning the process to…

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC — International groups and mission organizations, including Bible translation teams working in the  Central African Republic, are fleeing the troubled nation as escalating fighting threatens expatriate staff. Wycliffe Associates decided to evacuate its foreign workers this month after fighters looted and pillaged its team’s work. Violence in the Central African Republic (CAR)…

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An international relief agency plans to airlift some 3,400 Christians out of Sudan, where they face increasing persecution from the Islamist government. The Barnabas Fund has already whisked about 5,000 Christians from the embattled country, where President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has vowed to create a “a 100 percent Islamic constitution, without communism or secularism or…

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Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal in response to deadly flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India. Some 20,000 people are missing and Disaster Management Minister Yashpal Arya said as many as 5,000 people may have died. The floods were triggered by heavy monsoon rains. In the worst affected Uttarakhand state,…

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What can an ordinary person like me do to help the poor?” When people find out at parties and social gatherings that I am a development economist (and yes, we economists do attend such events), often they ask me this question. For a long time my response was the same: “Perhaps sponsor a child?” I…

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When leaving the San Pedro Sula airport, the van carrying 15 excited, chattering Aiken residents grew quieter as they began taking in the sights of Honduras. A few “wows” were murmured as they looked through the tinted windows at dilapidated homes and litter lining the roads, police standing in the streets with assault rifles, horse-drawn…

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After eight years of imprisonment under false accusations and numerous delays in justice proceedings, a Gospel for Asia-sponsored missionary in India has been released. Brother Samuel was arrested in 2004 in Jharkhand, India, on charges of participating in insurgency riots that left 19 dead. Despite avowing his innocence from the beginning and having no connection…

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