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ERLC, others promote way for Afghans to gain permanent status

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined other evangelical Christian organizations on the occasion of the first anniversary of Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban in calling on Congress to enable Afghans evacuated to the United States to seek permanent residency.

‘About 400’ Baptist churches lost in Russia’s war on Ukraine

LVIV, Ukraine (BP) – About 400 Ukrainian Baptist congregations have been lost in Russia’s war on Ukraine, said Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary President Yaroslav Pyzh, who is working to restore pastoral leadership to impacted cities.

UKRAINE UPDATE: Alabama church ministers in rural Ukraine; Louisiana DR team serves on short notice

Alabama church practices ministry of presence in rural Ukraine; Louisiana DR team serves on short notice in Romania.

‘The money is gone’: Evacuated Ukrainians forced to return

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) – The missile's impact flung the young woman against the fence so hard it splintered. Her mother found her dying on the bench beneath the pear tree where she'd enjoyed the afternoon. By the time her father arrived, she was gone.

In leaving Ukraine, refugees find a home and sense of God’s family

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (BP) – Olha Soroka, 85, walks through the rooms of her home. She smells the roses from her garden and can hear the laughter from family dinners. She touches and kisses the walls, the ones that witnessed the years of raising children with her husband.

Russian Christian radio station continues to broadcast despite war, tightening restrictions

ODESSA, Ukraine (BP) – Despite its broadcasting team being split among Iasi, Romania, and Odessa, Ukraine, New Life Radio continues its ministry of sharing the Gospel in the Russian language amid myriad challenges.

‘Equivalent to JFK’: Japanese Baptists lament Abe assassination

HOLT, Mo. (BP) – The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe July 7 is likely on par with that of late U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963, Japanese-American Southern Baptist pastor Jonathan Hayashi told Baptist Press.

NEWS DIGEST: Nigerian Baptists abducted; Hall disqualified from ministry

Worshippers at Baptist church in Nigeria abducted; JD Hall, Pulpit & Pen founder, ‘disqualified’ from ministry by Montana church

Governing body regulates competition of transgendered swimmers

BUDAPEST, Hungary (BP) – The organization that governs competitive swimming events around the world has ruled that swimmers who identify as transgender women and who began transitioning after the age of 11 cannot compete in women’s swimming events. FINA made the announcement June 19.

Nigerian forces hunt for gunmen who killed 50 at church

OWO, Nigeria (AP) – The gunmen who killed 50 people at a Catholic church in southwestern Nigeria opened fire on worshipers both inside and outside the building in a coordinated attack before escaping the scene, authorities and witnesses said Monday.