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Atheist accepts Jesus in public confession of faith in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) – "Praise God. God is good all the time," Seth Mahiga proclaimed at the altar of Life Church International in Nairobi, Kenya. Just two days earlier he announced his resignation as general secretary of the Atheists in Kenya Society.

Pray for peace of Jerusalem, Messianic leader urges Southern Baptists

CHICAGO (BP) – Southern Baptist Messianic Jewish believer Ric Worshill is receiving prayer requests from those in danger as fighting continues between Israel and Hamas.

Israel begins firing shells into Gaza as fighting escalates

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday (May 13) as Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes and shells and called up 9,000 more reservists who could be used to stage a ground invasion. The hostilities intensified despite mediation efforts by Egyptian negotiators who held in-person talks with both sides.

Boko Haram, cohorts said to be on verge of caliphate in Sub-Saharan Africa

NIGERIA (BP) – Boko Haram and affiliated Islamic terrorists are poised to form a caliphate in Sub-Saharan Africa, international religious liberty leaders told Baptist Press.

Burmese Baptists organize rally in DC against coup in Myanmar

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) — Clara Thethtet Tunwin had had enough.

Christian school in Liberia plans to rebuild after destruction

MONROVIA, Liberia (BP) – It wasn’t too long ago Eddie Gibson was visiting the Dellanna West O’Brien School in Liberia, ducking in and out of classrooms, talking and laughing with the teachers and students.

Israeli experts announce discovery of more Dead Sea scrolls

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday announced the discovery of dozens of Dead Sea Scroll fragments bearing a biblical text found in a desert cave and believed hidden during a Jewish revolt against Rome nearly 1,900 years ago.

Christians in Congo face growing violence from Islamic extremists

EASTERN CONGO (BP) – Spiraling Islamic terrorism that has killed more than 100 people in a two-week span in the Democratic Republic of Congo is calling renewed attention to Christian persecution there.

Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the virus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race to find solutions.

First Christian arrested under new Indian ‘anti-conversion’ law

NEW DELHI (BP) – A Korean Christian and three nationals of India are in jail in Uttar Pradesh state, accused of fraudulent conversion attempts while distributing food and other aid to people in need due to the COVID-19 lockdown, sources said.