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IMB posts audio, video of Indonesia persecution

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Audio and video reports on the persecution of Christians on Indonesia’s Ambon island have been posted to the news page of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s Internet site, http://www.imb.org/frontpage.htm.

The audio segment is a brief reflection by Drew Stephens, a Southern Baptist who recently returned from Ambon, on what it was like to worship with Ambonese Christians near the front lines of the “jihad” attacks on Christian settlements.

The video segment was drawn from tape of a refugee camp and burned-out churches and homes that Stephens and his crew videotaped during their visit.

As many as 500,000 Christians have been driven from their homes on Ambon and more than 2,500 have been killed by Muslim “jihad” warriors who have publicly declared they will push all Christians off the island or kill them.

The fighting has forced aid organizations to leave, and food, clothing and medical care are in short supply. Christian leaders in Ambon have said they feel the world is ignoring the crisis.

The persecution on Ambon will be the subject of a segment on “At Home – Live!” Thursday, Aug. 24. Hosts Chuck and Jenni Borsellino will interview a Southern Baptist missionary familiar with the situation on Ambon during their morning show, which airs from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern on the FamilyNet network.

Consult local listings to determine whether the program will air on broadcast stations or cable outlets in your area.
Contributions to hunger and relief efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians on Ambon may be sent to International Mission Board, Hunger and Relief Fund, Ambon Refugee Relief, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230. Every dollar donated will be used entirely for relief projects.

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