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IMB, Kenya convention enter new era of mission partnership

Stephen Anyenda, president of the Baptist Convention of Kenya, signs a document that ushers in a new era of mission partnership between the convention and the International Mission Board. Seated with him (left to right) are IMB vice president Price Jett, IMB strategy leader Daren Davis, and IMB senior director Tom Allinder. IMB Photo

Reluctant missionary now leading many to Christ in Peru

PERU (BP) -- When Peruvian couple Caleb and Devora Quispe got married, Devora was a new believer. Caleb longed to become a missionary, but Devora preferred to stay home and help run the family sewing business. Caleb strongly believes that when a couple marries, they become one.

IMB missionary dies unexpectedly in Malawi

ZOMBA, Malawi (BP) -- International Mission Board missionary Susan Sanson, 67, died of malaria in Zomba, Malawi, on May 18. She developed a sudden onset of malaria on May 17 and began treatment. However, early the next morning her husband Billy woke to find her unresponsive. He rushed her to the hospital, but she passed away as medical staff were examining her.

In Ethiopia, Muslims burn 69 churches

ASENDABO, Ethiopia (BP)--Muslims have killed at least one Christian and wounded several others in anti-Christian violence in western Ethiopia, according to International Christian Concern, an organization that helps persecuted Christians worldwide.       ICC also is reporting that Muslims have burned down 69 church buildings, 30 Christian homes, a Bible school, a Christian orphanage and a church office.

Upward Soccer camp meets kids’ needs

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--It's not your typical Africa. Kids -- many of them Caucasian -- run across a grassy soccer field, practicing their dribbling and goaltending skills. The wind is so cold it causes teeth to chatter and eyes to water. The hot chocolate at break time garners great anticipation.

Arts nurtured World Cup unity

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--The feet seem to move furiously across the canvas, black swirls indicating a sense of near-frantic excitement. The painting is titled "Diskiology," referring to the soccer-inspired Diski Dance that captivated fans during South Africa's World Cup.

FIRST-PERSON: Does God care about the World Cup?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--The stadiums now stand silent. The vuvuzelas are packed away. Tourists are boarding planes, heading home to jobs and families. Media outlets are unplugging computers and loading up gear, ready to move on to the next big event.

FIRST-PERSON: Saying goodbye to Team USA

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--I was a little torn. As an American who's lived much of my life in Africa, I wanted Africa to do well in the World Cup tournament in South Africa. I was disheartened when only one of six African teams qualified for the second round of competition, but so proud of Ghana for going forward.

Baptist journalists to cover World Cup

JOHANNESBURG (BP)--Over the next 31 days, 20 Baptist journalists will spread across South Africa to report on the ministries and matches of the 2010 FIFA ...