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Goats for Sparrows

Goat farming might not spring to mind when you think of the role of missionaries, but Herald and Sarah Singer found a valuable way to build relationships and transform lives. As IMB missionaries, the Singers use goats to share the Word of God and help women provide for their families.

La gran oración de una niña: Una misionera fiel al compromiso que asumió a los 10 años

ÁFRICA DEL NORTE (BP) - “Si quieres que vaya a África, iré”, prometió la niña de 10 años mientras cerraba el libro de estudio Girls in Action. Participó activamente en el programa de educación misionera de la Unión Femenil Misionera y prestó mucha atención a lo que estaba aprendiendo en su material de estudio y en las reuniones.

A little girl’s big prayer: Missionary faithful to commitment she made at age 10

NORTH AFRICA (BP) – “If you want me to go to Africa, I will go,” vowed the 10-year-old girl as she put down the Girls in Action study book. She was actively involved in the missions education program of Woman’s Missionary Union, and she paid close attention to what she was learning in her study material and through meetings.

Chaplain likens desert journey to that of Abraham, Moses

SOUTHERN IRAQ (BP)--In 120-degree heat with wind tossing about sand like "baby powder" in Iraq, John Denton, a Southern Baptist chaplain, said his journey has caused him to reflect on Abraham and Moses and their "journey in the desert -- walking by faith with God."

Challenger launch director remembers tears he thought ‘would never stop’

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--James A. "Gene" Thomas, retired deputy director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., joined countless worshipers across the nation Sunday in praying for the Columbia astronauts who lost their lives over north-central Texas the previous day.

Homosexual rights ordinance passed by Orlando City Council

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--In a final 4-3 vote, the Orlando City Council passed a "sexual orientation" ordinance Dec. 2 on the heels of protracted public meetings and debate over the issue.

Homosexual rights vote slated for Orlando council

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Citizens in Orlando, Fla., will have a final chance Dec. 2 to air their views before city council members cast their votes on a proposal to add "sexual orientation" to the city code. Council members voted 4-3 Nov. 18 in favor of the homosexual rights proposal in the first of two votes needed for passage.

Witch’s conversion evidences the power of Christian witness

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A person involved in witchcraft or other forms of the occult may frequent speciality shops like this one, but a Christian's witness can have staying power until faith takes hold.
      JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--Years ago, Halloween conjured up shrieking costumed children, pouncing up the driveway eagerly screaming for another candy treat. Few Christians worried about the magic or witchcraft found in fairy tales or in the television show "Bewitched."       Today, magic and witchcraft permeate American culture.       Bill Losasso, senior pastor of Pathways Community Church in Largo, Fla., regards the Sunshine State as "one of the three hotbeds for witchcraft along with Texas and California."

Orlando closer to enacting ‘sexual orientation’ amendment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP)--The Orlando city commission voted Oct. 21 to pursue a proposed amendment that would add the words "sexual orientation" to a human rights ordinance already written into the city's code.

Sunday school innovator Andy Anderson dies at 74

FORT MYERS, Fla. (BP)--E.S. "Andy" Anderson, author and creator of the Sunday school-oriented Growth Spiral Program, died Oct. 31 in Fort Myers, Fla. He had been in a coma since suffering a cerebral hemorrhage May 15. He was 74.