Warren produces Bible study related to movie. Pastor and author Rick Warren partnered with LifeWay Christian Resources to release a Bible study related to the Son of God movie from 20th Century Fox, which hits theaters Feb. 28. The small-group curriculum resource by Warren, Son of God: The Life of Jesus in You, is a companion piece to the movie produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. The six-session study features video clips from the movie and videos from Warren explaining Jesus’ teachings and their impact on people’s lives. Topics include baptism, temptation, suffering, death, resurrection and ministry.
Baptists urged to wage peace in Africa. Baptist World Alliance member groups urge Christians to press governments for peace in the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, where fighting has claimed more than 5 million lives and displaced close to 1 million. The All Africa Baptist Fellowship also issued a plea to governments of those nations to live up to their obligations to guarantee safety and security for all citizens.
Volunteers needed to teach in China. Volunteers for China offers one- to four-week mission opportunities to teach English as a way of showing God’s love to Chinese students. The Amity Foundation Summer English Program, July 3-Aug. 1, focuses on teaching oral English to Chinese English teachers, possibly in a remote area. The Changzhi City Urban Education Bureau sponsors a July 7-18 program to teach oral English to Chinese English teachers in Changzhi, Shanxi. The Changzhi City Health College offers a program July 7-18 to teach medical English—chemistry, biology and related scientific terms—to Chinese nursing students and their teachers. Short-term opportunities include teaching English at a village senior high school in the Changzhi area, July 20-24, and providing church-camp training for students ages 12 to 15 July 25-Aug.1 or to adult church youth leaders July 28-31 in Beijing. For more information, contact Ann and David Wilson at (865) 919-2296 or visit www.volunteersforchina.org.
Female inmates earn seminary degrees. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary granted associate degrees to 15 prisoners at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel, La. The seminary’s Leavell College launched a pilot certificate training program three years ago. Nineteen women inmates graduated with ministry certificates in 2012. Now 15 inmates are one step closer to receiving fully accredited bachelor’s degrees. The women’s prison program follows three other seminary programs for male inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La.; Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, Miss.; and Philips State Prison in Buford, Ga.
LifeWay customers surpass goal in donating Hindi Bibles. Last fall, LifeWay Christian Store set a goal of donating 100,000 Hindi-language Bibles across South Asia. Customers gave enough for twice that many. When the Thomas Project, named for the apostle believed to have been the first Christian missionary to the region, invited customers at LifeWay’s 186 stores to purchase a Bible for $5 to send to South Asia, customers gave enough for 200,000 Bibles. A LifeWay employee mission team will go to South Asia this spring to help Southern Baptist International Mission Board workers distribute the Bibles.