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Human trafficking: Opponents hold ‘Night of Hope’

NASHVILLE (BP) -- "The United States of America needs to use its moral leadership to end modern slavery around the world," U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said to applause at a "Night of Hope Nashville" on ending human trafficking. Twenty-seven million people around the world are living in slavery because of human trafficking, "more than at any time in our world's history," Corker told 300 people in attendance at First Baptist Church of Donelson in Nashville.

Boys become men, then seniors in VBS

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (BP) -- Sanny Bowman, Jack Bowman and Don Alford participated in the first Vacation Bible School of Caney Ford Baptist Church in 1936. Eighty years later, they are still attending VBS at the church in Harriman, Tenn. In fact, they have only missed a few years of VBS among them, mainly because of military service. Sanny has attended 78 years, Jack has attended 77 years, and Don 78 years.

Yokefellow with Down syndrome ministers to shut-ins

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (BP) -- Mike Kinle and pastor David Taft visit shut-ins for First Baptist Church every Monday afternoon. Kinle always reads the Scripture he has chosen for the people they are visiting. He also leads the prayer, including for prayer requests learned of during the visit. Kinle may not take the lead in the conversations, but he listens and prepares to pray. A good time is had by all if measured by the smiles which appear, hugs exchanged and conversation.