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Brain tumor doesn’t crowd out faith

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--It has been nearly a year since 45-year-old Gary Morey was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, yet as time passes, Morey doesn't dream of traveling the world or seeing anything new. Instead, he is taking time for the simple things –- fixing up the home he shares with his wife, gardening and, above all, sharing the faith that he rests in.

‘Reality Missions’ slated at youth lab

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Last year they simulated a high school; this year they will simulate the ends of the earth. A “Reality Evangelism Experience” was added last year for teenage attendees at the Youth Ministry Lab of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. At a nearby middle school, the YML participants sought to share their faith with […]

In Mali, this village may spark a wave of faith

MALI, West Africa (BP)--In a small Bambara village, light from a lantern cuts the dark of night. Tea is passed around. Village men have waited months for this conversation. Occasionally, one or two other men join the growing circle -– visible only when they come into the light. Excitement is palpable; all know the importance of the night. They need more nights such as this one.

As their nomadic life wanes, West Africa’s Taureg seek hope

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A Tuareg woman uses a knife to create a pattern in a piece of leather as part of a ministry by missionaries Warren and Sharon Hessling called “Sahel Hope” to equip the West African Tuareg with practical job skills.
NIGER, West Africa (BP)--In Niger’s desert sands, the Tuareg people still live in the nomadic lifestyle of their ancestors, still survive where water and food are increasingly scarce, and still practice the Islamic faith passed down to them. But, with their way of life progressively threatened each day, the Tuareg now search for hope.
      The Tuareg have long lived off the land they don’t own, possessing it only as long as they live on it. Years of drought have killed their animals and left them wondering how much longer they can survive without seeking jobs in the city.
      “The way of life that is historically [Tuareg] doesn’t look like it will exist another decade,” says Warren Hessling, who along with his wife Sharon serve as strategy coordinators for the Tuareg people.
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Missionary Warren Hessling shares with a young Tuareg man in Niamey, Niger. As an International Mission Board strategy coordinator, Warren helps direct the outreach to the Tuareg.

      Sharon recalls how a woman in a Tuareg village said she feared her family would “die out here like camels” if they didn’t get more food. Many Tuareg already have journeyed to cities to find work, but their shepherding trade doesn’t translate into city life. Their city jobs usually are guardians for other people’s homes.
      Warren estimates roughly 10 percent of city Tuareg are actually employed, adding to their burden of taking care of the extended family. Even in the city, Tuareg remain nomadic -– moving about every two years, but never owning the land. They remain largely poor.

Prof aims to be ‘unapologetic, pre-modern provocateur’

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The world today is brimming with perspectives and experts on all sorts of subjects, and theology is no exception. To help Christians sift through the barrage of opinions and voices, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s radio studio will produce “Laus Deo,” a live, weekly radio program to be broadcast over Sirius satellite radio.

Christians are wasting heritage of the English Bible, Ryrie says

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--If Christians today could grasp an appreciation for the battles fought by Bible translators who were persecuted and even gave their lives to print the Bible in common languages, they might become more biblically literate, said Charles Ryrie, editor of The Ryrie Study Bible, one of the most popular Bibles in the world.

Starting multi-ethnic church is pastor’s unfolding dream

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--When Stephen Drake first joined a Baptist church 18 years ago, he knew something was missing -- ethnic and racial diversity in the congregation.

Stretch beyond marketing, EKG leader exhorts churches

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Too many people are in churches today for the convenience of church membership rather than out of conviction for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, said Kenneth Hemphill, the Southern Baptist Convention’s national Empowering Kingdom Growth strategist.

Persevering through cancer, seminarian receives M.Div.

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--A semester that included both Hebrew and Greek wouldn't be very easy, but Donald Moore had no idea that his biggest challenge three years ago wouldn't come from any of his classes.

Caner: God of Christianity not the same as Allah

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Christians should never attempt to witness to Muslims by saying the God of Christianity and Allah are one and the same, Emir Caner said in chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 20. Caner is dean of The College at Southwestern.