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The hope we carry: pastor with cancer walks 100 miles with the cross

SALISBURY, Md. (BP) – The importance of time carries a particular weight for Richard Pope, pastor of Canvas Church. It’s not something to be taken lightly, and not something he has a whole lot of.

9/11: Need for Christian-based ‘soul care’ for military grew

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (BP) – Approaching the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Evan Owens knew the trauma care network he co-founded to help soldiers returning from the war on terrorism would be busier than ever. In the 10 years since establishing REBOOT Recovery alongside his wife, Jenny, he’s learned that memories can remain raw, regardless of that saying about time and wounds.

Med student starts anti-trafficking ministry after volunteering with Baptist Friendship House

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – After spending time this summer volunteering at the Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans, medical school student Megan Duggins knew she had to take a proactive approach to the issue of human trafficking.

Health care strategies growing in importance to the missionary task

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Richard and Emily Barfell came to the International Mission Board’s MedAdvance conference in the middle of their application process to serve as IMB missionaries. Richard is a doctor. Emily is a stay-at-home mom of two little girls.

Southern Baptists persist in the fight against human trafficking

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptists continue to fight against human trafficking worldwide as the issue is acknowledged by the United Nations on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons today, July 30.

Most pastors feel supported by other local ministers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.

Surgical misstep leads Ohio pastor to dietary life change, testimony

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Before his "eureka moment," one of Pastor Reginald Hayes' favorite meals was a McDonald's fish sandwich. He could buy one, eat it in the car and be tempted to buy another upon reaching the next McDonald's just around the corner.

COVID-19 affected anti-trafficking effort, report says

WASHINGTON (BP) – Human traffickers took advantage of the conditions produced by the COVID-19 pandemic in the last year, but those working to combat the trade in human beings adapted their efforts to protect the vulnerable and aid victims, according to the U.S. State Department.

‘It is OK to get help’ for mental illness, Oklahoma WMU president says

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – When Julie Busler returned to America with her family after serving as missionaries, everything seemed great from the outside. No one would have guessed she had returned due to a mental health crisis.

Southern Baptists join others in Mental Health Awareness month

NASHVILLE (BP) – Attention to mental health across the country increased over the last year due to the potential effects brought on by the coronavirus shutdown. It’s a touch point, though, that has been gathering steam across the Southern Baptist Convention since 2013.