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Trump presides as Israel, 2 Arab states sign historic pacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to preside over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics and give him a boost ahead of the November U.S. election.

President Trump says UAE to open diplomatic ties with Israel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Thursday (Aug. 13) that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.

‘Never the same again’ after overseas experience, Merritt says

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SBC President James Merritt and Chinese believers pause to pray atop the Great Wall. China has 200 major cities with no Christian witness at all. Photo by Eric Turner
      RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--When James Merritt was first elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000, he set a goal of visiting all the International Mission Board's 15 overseas regions during the two years presidents usually serve.
      He accomplished his goal in May with a visit to China -- home to almost 500 people groups with little or no access to the good news of God's love.

Baptist volunteers to share food, hope among Palestinians

JERUSALEM (BP)--With anger, despair and hunger soaring among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, Southern Baptist volunteers are bringing food -- and hope.

‘Make God himself your passion,’ Rankin tells 67 new missionaries

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Lance and Sarah Cypert of Quitaque, Texas, were among 67 new Southern Baptist missionaries appointed May 21 by the International Mission Board. They are headed for overseas service in the IMB's Western South America region. Photo by Bill Bangham
      RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Success in God's kingdom comes not by just making plans, setting goals and working hard to achieve them, but by delighting in God, trusting Him with your life and waiting for Him to accomplish what He wants, 67 new Southern Baptist missionaries were told May 21.
      When, as a field missionary, he was challenged by Psalm 37:4 to identify the desires of his heart, International Mission Board President Jerry Rankin said his first thoughts included having more balance in his life, finding respite from his heavy workload and achieving better physical conditioning.

‘Now is the time’ for the deaf of Niger, journeyman says

NIAMEY, Niger (BP)--Walking through the market place, the young woman peers into stall after stall. She weaves in and out of the overcrowded area. She crinkles her nose up at the wide variety of smells coming from the stalls and the piles of trash.

Farmers send 900 bushels of corn overseas

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. (BP)--Tennessee farmer Dewey Gilliam never thought corn from his 800-acre farm would make its way across the Atlantic Ocean and onto the plates of hungry youngsters in a Romanian orphanage.

Muslim believer filled ’empty space’ with God

CAIRO, Egypt (BP)--When he was a boy, "Nader" seldom thought about God.

Aftershocks of Sept. 11 reverberate in Arab world

CAIRO, Egypt (BP)--The aftershocks of Sept. 11 continue to reverberate in the Arab world, especially in Egypt.

Cairo’s spiritual strongholds: Five citadels still bind the city

CAIRO, Egypt (BP)--A Christian family living in Cairo recently flew out of the city for a visit to their home country. Before they even reached cruising altitude, they felt a physical heaviness lifting from them.