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Samantha Conners

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Rugby opens doors for churches in the U.K.

LONDON (BP) -- As rugby attracts attention around the globe during the sport's 2015 World Cup, churches in the United Kingdom are using the event to draw people together, build relationships, and reach their communities for Christ. "The reason why we've thrown [this rugby party] is largely just to create a presence in the community," said Rev. Ross Gunderson of St. Barnabas Church of England in Dulwich, London.

‘Prayer wave’ stirring for Rugby World Cup

LONDON (BP) -- The roar of the crowd, the sound of men crashing into one another as they fight for the ball, the cheers and jeers of fans as teams score -- it's time for Rugby World Cup 2015. And churches in England are asking for prayer as they prepare to share the Gospel with hundreds of thousands of rugby spectators. From Sept. 18 to Oct. 31, 11 cities across England and Wales will host 48 tournament matches played by 20 teams from around the world. Team USA opposes Samoa in their first match on Sept. 20, followed by matches against ...

World Refugee Day: Refugees start more than new lives

LONDON (BP) -- Nations are preparing to recognize World Refugee Day on June 20. Many countries are focusing on the needs of the displaced peoples in their communities, and what they're finding is surprising. Nearly 60 million people worldwide have fled their homes due to violence from political unrest and persecution based on nationality or religion, says the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. More than 69,000 sought refuge in the United States in 2013 alone, where they are starting more than new lives on American soil -- they are starting churches as well.