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SBCV: ‘golden opportunity’ for refugee evangelism

IDOMENI, Greece (BP) -- A border crossing between Greece and Macedonia has presented what some Southern Baptists in Virginia believe is among the best opportunities in years to reach Muslims with the Gospel. In the past four months, more than a quarter million people, most of them Muslim, have passed north into Macedonia through a border crossing at the Greek village of Idomeni. Many are refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan leaving family, homes and occupations to search for a life without war, turmoil and the threat of death. At a local refugee camp, Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia volunteer teams have sought to administer a humanitarian touch and find ways to share the saving message of Jesus.

Relief team ‘wanted to be available’

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP)--Less than 200 yards from the key scene in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history sits a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief trailer. Volunteers from various Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia churches were mobilized as the tragic news began to unfold from Virginia Tech; they arrived at the campus the morning of April 17.

Friends come together for comfort, healing

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BP)--Amid a sea of orange and maroon, two freshmen friends sit together. Looking around, you'd think they were waiting for a sporting event to start, not a convocation service that will mourn 32 teachers and students shot to death just yesterday by a student gunman who committed suicide.