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FIRST-PERSON: On the 7th call, Amy found a way out of the sex trade

MARTINEZ, Ga. (BP)--Her name was Amy and she wanted out of prostitution. I came across her in some research for an article. The topic was ministries to the sex industry. And Amy said some things I hadn't unexpected.

FIRST-PERSON: ‘I want to change, and you came to mind’

AUGUSTA, Ga. (BP)--The girl smiles every morning as I stand at my classroom with an attendance sheet to check off the names.

94-year-old woman murdered the night after turning to Christ

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (BP)–Simple statistics — medical care provided to 2,500 people in Rio de Janeiro, with 220 becoming Christians — tell only part of the story of a missions team of 30 volunteers from the Baptist Medical Dental Fellowship. A 94-year-old woman was among the patients who became a Christian, said Eddy Hallock, […]

U.S. medical vols, Cuban convention create channel for humanitarian aid

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)–The Baptist Medical-Dental Fellowship is making plans to send to Cuba medical supplies, textbooks and witnessing tools, building upon the work of six medical volunteers who spent a week in the country last November. “This is a great opportunity to establish relationships with the health professionals of Cuba,” said James D. Williams, executive […]

Dentist’s scuba-tank innovation bolsters missions in remote areas

MARION, Ill. (BP)–Ray Odle wanted to reduce the numberof teeth pulled on mission trips. “We’re down there to do as much as we can for as manyas we can,” said the Illinois dentist, who has been onvolunteer teams to Central America almost every year since1969. Facing limits to treatment in areas with noelectricity, volunteer dentists […]

Parents fight back against on-line child predators

STOCKTON, Calif. (BP)–Cynthia Rea thought her childwas safe. The family attended Covenant Christian Fellowshipin Manteca, Calif. They home schooled their 16-year-olddaughter. And the girl was an honor student. Then they got a computer and a connection to theInternet. The family used no filtering software. Rea’s daughter,Jamie, found a local chat room. And a 30-year-old pedophilefound […]

Doctors’ medical seminars open more doors in Chile

CONCEPCION, Chile (BP)–A five-year partnership with a South American medical school has resulted from a seminar in Chile led by seven U.S. doctors. “We have been receiving teams of Baptist medical professionals since 1992 that have come to operate clinics in area churches,” said Marilyn Graves, a Southern Baptist missionary nurse to Chile. “It is […]

Dentist’s Frequent Flyer miles carry him to overseas missions

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–It was a long house call for Joseph Pipkin. The 75-year-old Florida dentist traveled 24,000 miles to spend a month in Indonesia recently as a volunteer with the International Mission Board. “We’re just there to help them any way we can,” he said. The Indonesian people are predominately Muslim, though their bill of […]

Homeless ministry offers new start in the mountains

KUNKLETOWN, Pa. (BP)–Snow had fallen in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania as a small group was studying “Experiencing God.”“God is at work all around you,” Grover and Melinda Fletcher told men who had come to the “Potter’s Place,” an outreach to the homeless, jobless or addicted.“All you have to do is wait.”Then came a knock […]

Porn-free life possible, former addict tells men

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)–John Wolf struggled with an addiction to pornography for years before his wife gave him an ultimatum:“Either have your family or your pornography.”“I just knew that was not how I wanted to live,” Ramona Wolf said.“I had quite an appetite for this type of material,” her husband recounted. “I believe it’s one of […]