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3 executions in China leave others wary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The Chinese government executed three house church leaders in November on murder convictions in what the leaders of two Christian organizations ministering in China describe as part of a vicious government campaign to eliminate one of the country’s house church groups.

Hawaii Baptist leader Dan Kong, dead at 76, had 50-year ministry

HONOLULU (BP)--One of the most influential leaders in Southern Baptist work in Hawaii, Dan Hen Chong Kong, died March 14 in Honolulu after a brief illness. He was 76.

Hawaii students minister to locals with free car wash, free food

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Servant Group students prepare peanut butter sandwiches to distribute to homeless people who live on the western beaches of Oahu. Photo by Tina Mueller.
HONOLULU, Hawaii (BP)--Fourteen-year-old Sam Bui never dreamed that a day of painting faces and doing balloon art in a Hawaii shopping center could change people's lives for eternity.
      But that's exactly what happened when the Hawaii Baptist Academy freshman led two people to Christ in Waianae Mall on Oahu's Leeward Coast.
      "I really saw God work in them as I prayed with them and shared about God," Bui said. "It was actually God leading those people to Him. He just used me to speak to them."

Students head to Waikiki for evangelism, ministry

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Hawaii Baptist Academy students prepare peanut butter sandwiches that were later distributed to homeless people in Waikiki as part of the school's Christian Emphasis Week. Photo by Ross Mukai
HONOLULU (BP)--When waves of Christian students surged to Waikiki and its beaches, hundreds of people heard and saw the Gospel, six people made professions of faith and the students experienced firsthand the challenge and the joy of taking their faith to the streets.
      "God worked," said Rob Lockridge, Christian activities director at Hawaii Baptist Academy in Honolulu.

Retiring Hawaii executive director called stabilizing force

HONOLULU, Hawaii (BP)--A steady hand at the helm is important to guide ships through rough seas. That steady hand is what Hawaii Baptists will miss most about executive director O.W. "Dub" Efurd when he retires in March 2003.

Hawaii academy’s Christian emphasis week helps 14 students find faith in Christ

HONOLULU (BP)--"Jesus is in charge of my life. He can do whatever he wants with my life," said Alyssa Rodeheaver-Nojima, a fifth-grader who made a first-time profession of faith during Hawaii Baptist Academy's Christian Emphasis Week Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Honolulu.

Hawaii students, churches help WMU ministry for needy women

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Hawaii Baptist Academy student Amanda Sutherland drills holes for a new door and frame at a new Christian Women's Job Corps site after a training session earlier in the day in using power tools. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Baptist Academy public relations
      HONOLULU (BP)--Chasing rats out of cupboards, painting bars on windows and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might not be thought of as life-changing ministry, but Hawaii high school students found out differently when they helped an Oahu church start a Christian Women's Job Corps.
      Homelessness and poverty are as common to many people along Oahu's Leeward coast as the sun, surf and sand. The First Baptist Church of Nanakuli, a 20-member church in the area, sees this firsthand every Friday as it feeds as many people as it can until the food runs out. Sometimes as many as 200 people receive food in just a few hours.
      "They say, 'Thank you,' and they're grateful, and we can feed them forever and still not get them out of poverty," pastor Wayne Waterhouse said.

Ted Stone takes message of healing & hope for drug abuse to Hawaii

HONOLULU (BP)--A crystal methamphetamine pipe and two cans of beer left at the front of a church in Hawaii during an altar call underscored the sermon the congregation had just heard: Substance abuse problems are not far from the church, which holds the key to true healing.

1920s grad still singing at 99

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--He's older than his seminary alma mater. In fact, when Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary began in 1908, Ray Duckworth was already a young boy. With his 100th birthday coming April 2, Duckworth can look back at how his life and the seminary's have intertwined throughout much of the 20th century.

Missionary teaching students how to FiSH! for new believers

DALLAS (BP)--In college, Norman Flowers dreamed of singing opera under the bright lights of New York City. Now, nothing makes him happier than teaching a bunch of Texas teenagers how to fish.