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Chitwoods appeal for orphan care at Ky. WMU meeting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Each Sunday, Michelle Chitwood leaves her husband and children (an adopted daughter, a foster daughter and their older brother and sister, the Chitwoods' biological children), picks up an order of Chicken McNuggets and fries, and spends the afternoon at the Maryhurst residential facility in Louisville for children in crisis. Her mission: to visit D*, the sister of the Chitwoods' foster daughter L* -- part of the foster care/adoption journey she and her husband Paul, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, began years ago.

Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliation

ZIMBABWE (BP) -- A group of Kentucky Baptists embarked on a mission trip to Zimbabwe with a twofold focus on biblical training for national pastors and lay leaders, while also exploring and modeling racial reconciliation. Reflecting back on the experience, some of those on the racially-diverse mission team -- made up of five Anglo-Americans and eight African-Americans -- shared how the trip brought healing and strengthened relationships.

First Amendment upheld in Ky. Court of Appeals

In an apparent victory for religious liberty in the marketplace, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on May 12 in favor of a Lexington, Ky., T-shirt company's refusal to print gay pride shirts in 2012.