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47 kidnapped Baptist students freed in Nigeria, but attacks on Christians continue

KADUNA, Nigeria (BP) – An additional 47 Nigerian Baptist school students kidnapped in July have been released, leaving captive 31 of the more than 120 originally taken, the Christian Association of Nigeria reported Saturday (Aug. 28).

Prayer guide on Afghanistan crisis made available for Southern Baptists

NASHVILLE (BP) – The SBC Executive Committee, in partnership with Send Relief, has released a prayer guide for Southern Baptists regarding the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan.

Multi-church outreach ministry gears up for possible Afghan refugees

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pastor Terry Dale Hudgins was in chapel at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary 27 years ago when he thought he heard God's call to international missions.

China’s change to 3-child policy still unacceptable, pro-lifers say

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Chinese government’s expansion of its population-control policy to permit three children per family should not be a reason for rejoicing, pro-life advocates said.

Haitians return to quake-damaged churches, gangs offer aid

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) – A Haitian gang leader on Sunday (Aug. 22) offered a truce and help for communities shattered by a devastating earthquake – potentially offering a break for a relief effort that has been plagued by hijacked aid trucks and disorder.

Russian Baptist leader urges American believers to pass the torch of faith

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – When Peter Mitskevich was a child, he attended a lot of birthday parties when there wasn’t a birthday to celebrate.

Send Relief, World Relief working together to resettle Afghan refugees

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – In the aftermath of the sudden, tragic fall of Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban, thousands of refugees have been fleeing the landlocked nation to escape persecution and retaliation from the extremist group. Send Relief, Southern Baptists’ compassion ministry arm, has begun the process of helping Afghan refugees as they resettle around the world by working with World Relief and other ministry partners.

Tropical storm feeds growing anger in quake-stricken Haiti

LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) – Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Grace forced a temporary halt Tuesday (Aug. 17) to the Haitian government's response to the deadly weekend earthquake, feeding the growing anger and frustration among thousands who were left homeless.

Crisis in Afghanistan prompts warnings, calls for help and prayer

WASHINGTON (BP) – Calls from Southern Baptist leaders and others for immediate assistance, warnings of devastating consequences for Christians and prayer requests followed the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban.

FIRST-PERSON: Afghan pastors ask for prayer

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)