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Orphan finds heavenly Father, shares story

LITTLE ROCK (BP) -- She was born with no name. She doesn't know her own birthday. She was emotionally and physically abused, even raped. She lived, for a time, as a street child in Kampala, Uganda, her heart filling with hatred. Anitha Kobusingye says her story is not unique among children in Africa. In fact, it wasn't until coming to America for college that she discovered her story was different. But Kobusingye, who now attends Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Smith, Ark., refuses to be considered just another African sob story. Her story, she insists, is about God's love, power and provision. It is about how He intervened in her life to use her for His glory.

Fatal shooting & murder charge turned him to Christ

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- When John Eric Schmidt was charged with second-degree murder, no one could have known that within a year, not only would the charge be dropped but Schmidt would be celebrating his salvation in Christ. Schmidt, 53, of North Little Rock, Ark., was charged after shooting 32-year-old Chad Johnson during what Pulaski County sheriff's deputies said was a property dispute, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Sanctity of Life: Family blessed through adoption

DUMAS, Ark. (BP) -- Those who know Haylee Kirtley would probably describe her as a talkative, sweet 6-year-old with a big heart. She is good at school, enjoys playing soccer and, like so many girls her age, loves Elsa from the movie "Frozen." And to her parents, she is a gift from God -- a gift for whom they waited a long time.

Ukraine still on for Arkansas Master’Singers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- A group of 83 Arkansas Master'Singers originally scheduled to minister in eastern Ukraine April 21-May 2 have changed their itinerary to western Ukraine because of political unrest in the country. Travel dates remain the same.