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Descendants of African slaves find freedom from power of evil

PARMARIBO, Suriname (BP)–A downpour pelts Tim McClard as he floats down the Suriname River in a dugout canoe. The night is so dark that McClard, a Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionary from Farmington, Mo., can hardly see who’s in front of him, let alone the river ahead. But he’s not worried. He knows who’s […]

Kazak woman’s dreams lead her, dozens of others to faith in Christ

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (BP)–She was the first. Only God could have known she would lead so many others in Kazakstan to know Christ. Gulya was born in a Kazak village in Soviet-ruled Central Asia. Her people had brought Islam to the region long ago, but as a child she was brought up to believe what the […]

Southeastern helping islander return home with added skills

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)–On the island of Antigua, the last thing many tourists think of while enjoying the beautiful surroundings is their relationship with God. But as a child, islander David Henry could see God everywhere, even though he came from a family that was hardly religious — much less Christian. “I was very young, […]

Religious leaders differ on impeachment stands

WASHINGTON (BP)–American religious leaders presented a variety of perspectives on President Clinton both before and after his impeachment. While some organizations and individuals favored resignation or impeachment for the president, other religious leaders and organizations decried impeachment and called for Clinton not to resign. Resignation would be a mistake, said Philip Wogaman, pastor of Foundry […]

Seminary’s only Iraqi student helping churches address Islam

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–He’s Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s only student from Iraq, on a physical and spiritual journey that he sees as guided directly by the Lord. “K. J.,” who asked that his name not be used for the safety of his family, was born into a large Muslim family in Baghdad and raised in […]

Southeastern church planters find responsiveness in New Hampshire

RAYMOND, N.H. (BP)–Less than two years into its church-planting mission in New Hampshire, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has graduates serving as pastors of churches across the state. From the town of Berlin in the state’s northernmost county to Londonderry in the south, Southeastern graduates are preaching the gospel in five newly established Southern Baptist churches. […]

Prayer power prevails over sacrifices, spreading gospel to Bengali villages

FENI, Bangladesh (BP)–Though the haze of alcohol fogged his mind, old Kumar saw clearly enough to know something was happening in the next village. Something powerful. Whatever it was, he knew his own people needed it. Kumar, a Tripura (TREE-per-uh) tribal patriarch, saw the sufferings of his own village and felt despair. Food was increasingly […]

Gingrich, Lott name choices for religious freedom panel

WASHINGTON (BP)–Congressional leaders have appointed four of the nine members of a new panel on religious freedom overseas, including one of the leaders in awakening Americans to the persecution of Christians worldwide. Outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, R.-Ga., named Nina Shea, director of the Washington-based Center for Religious Freedom, and Elliott […]

Southeastern graduates called to be spiritual midwives, says Patterson

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)–Likening ministers of the Gospel to the Hebrew midwives who defied Pharaoh’s orders to kill the male Israelite newborns, Southeastern Seminary President Paige Patterson challenged seminary graduates Dec. 19 to “be ministers of life wherever you go, and I promise God will bless your ministry unbelievably.” Preaching from Exodus 1:15-21, Patterson compared […]

Northwest pastor receives leadership award at Golden Gate commencement

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)–Washington pastor Kevin White became the first graduate from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s Pacific Northwest Campus in Vancouver, Wash., to receive the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership during the school’s commencement ceremonies Dec. 18. President William O. Crews established the award several years ago to honor graduates who have shown […]