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Baptists have long history, vibrant presence in China

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--When most Southern Baptists think of Baptist history in China, they think of Lottie Moon, the beloved missionary to China for whom the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is named. Lottie Moon arrived in China in 1873, but the history of Baptist missionary work there goes back even further.       When the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) was founded in 1845, China was its first mission field.       The board's first missionary to China was Samuel C. Clopton. When Lottie Moon went to China in 1873, she actually followed her sister, Edmonia, who had gone the previous year. Lottie served 39 years as a missionary, mostly in China's Shantung province. Initially, she taught in a girls' school and often made trips into China's interior to share the Gospel.

China, U.S. have complex history of partnership

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--It's no question that China is becoming more powerful on the international scene. The main question is, how does the United States relate to the massive nation?       For seven consecutive administrations, the United States has held the same policy toward China: to encourage China's integration into today's global system. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "America has reason to welcome a confident, peaceful, and prosperous China. We want China as a global partner, able and willing to match its growing capabilities to its international responsibilities."       Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, China has publicly supported the war on terrorism, including military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq.       The two countries also have worked together on global security issues, like the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran. China and the United States also have built a strong economic relationship. Total trade between the countries has grown from $33 billion in 1992 to more than $386 billion in 2007.

From Great Wall to ‘gumdrop mountains’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--As host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, China prepared for the August event by making the country more easily accessible to tourists.

Students urged at AIDS summit: ‘Set the example’

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--Today's young Christians are the church, not the church's future, and it's time they take seriously the Bible's call to care for "the least of these," including those with HIV/AIDS, Francis Chan told students at a youth summit on World AIDS Day.       "You're not the future of the church. You are the church and as a pastor I am begging you: Set the example for the rest of the church," said Chan, who is teaching pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, Calif.       More than 1,000 people gathered Dec. 1 at Saddleback Church for the first-ever HIV/AIDS Youth Summit, while more than 4,100 others joined in by satellite uplink at 200 locations in 35 states and Canada.       Chan's message was echoed over and over again by pastors, people living with HIV and others -– including Jenna Bush, daughter of President Bush -– who addressed the students during the summit.       Chan's own eyes were opened to the suffering around the world around five years ago when he went to Africa and saw children searching through trash for food. Chan immediately thought of the verse that tells Christians to "love your neighbor as yourself."

South African church is a New Testament ministry to a nation ravaged by AIDS

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)–“Claire” was 15 years old when she met John Thomas, pastor of Fish Hoek Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. Claire also was pregnant, and living with HIV. When Claire was around 12 years old, she realized she probably had a 50 percent chance of graduating from high school. If she […]

Hispanic Baptists telecast the Good News

MODESTO, Calif. (BP)--When Victor Pulido scheduled a carpet cleaning, he had no idea that he was confirming a God-ordained appointment.       Pulido produces "Llego la Hora" (The Time Has Arrived), a new Christian television program from California's Hispanic Southern Baptists through Telemundo.

New missionaries tell stories of sacrifice

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--In 2003, one Southern Baptist couple was burdened by Satan's grip on the world. The wife had longed for stability and comfort for her family but surrendered those longings to God two years ago. Now, the family is headed to Central Asia.

Saddleback pulling for Sabrina Sloan on ‘American Idol’

LOS ANGELES (BP)--Sabrina Sloan, one of 10 females remaining in this season’s “American Idol” competition, grew up singing at Saddleback Church.

HIV/AIDS ministry in S. Africa buoyed by U.S. partnership

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Danielle Schneider (right) of Brentwood (Tenn.) Baptist Church introduces after-school curriculum to teachers who work in wide-ranging Living Hope Community Centre’s ministries in Cape Town, South Africa, launched by Fish Hoek Baptist Church. Photo courtesy of Brentwood Baptist Church
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (BP)--In 1999, John Thomas, a pastor in Cape Town, South Africa, heard a statistic that changed his life: 44 percent of the people in a community just a mile from his church were HIV-positive.
      percent, he knew that if he did nothing about AIDS, he couldn’t face God on judgment day. Soon Living Hope Community Centre –- the HIV/AIDS ministry of Fish Hoek Baptist Church -– was born. Today, Living Hope employs about 130 people in five ministry locations throughout the southern region of the Cape, including a 22-bed hospice.

Husband & wife imparting faith in heavily Muslim city in Africa

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Family ministry
As the Turners go about their daily ministry, they often take one or both of their children with them. They enjoy the family time, and Mike and Molly believe their sons help open doors for sharing the Gospel.
NORTHERN AFRICA (BP)--Four American women -- a missionary named Molly*, a journeyman named Susan* and two volunteers -- sit among a dozen or so African prostitutes in a circle of mismatched chairs and a couch. They all listen intently as the Old Testament story of Joseph and Potiphar plays from a cassette. From the hall outside comes the sound of Molly's toddler, Joshua*, playing with African friends.