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Religious leaders protest violence against Christians in India

IndiaTwo Baptists were among 24 prominent Christian leaders recently signing an open letter to President Bush calling for action against anti-Christian violence in India.
       

Baptist Briefs: State conventions roundup

Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention approved a new missions partnership with West Africa and adopted a $39 million budget.
       

Buckner expands adoption services through affiliation with Dillon International

Buckner Children & Family Services will affiliate with the Oklahoma-based Dillon International child placement agency effective Jan. 1, dramatically increasing Buckner’s capability to offer international adoption services.
       

Brownwood hunters help ‘meat’ needs of hungry neighbors

This deer season, hunters are taking aim at hunger and helping a Brownwood ministry save quite a few bucks.
       

Grace, Mercy mark Galveston church’s outreach to storm victims

First Baptist Church of Galveston is giving away clothes, house supplies, toys, food and furniture at its "Grace Mart" to people affected by Hurricane Ike.
       

Activity reported on anti-conversion bill in Sri Lanka

Religious freedom advocates worry that an anti-conversion bill making its way through Sri Lanka's Parliament could be used to justify discrimination against the small South Asian country's Christian minority.
       

Georgia Baptists reject church with woman pastor

pennington_russellThe Georgia Baptist Convention has decided to refuse gifts from a historic member church that last year called as pastor a woman—Julie Pennington-Russell, formerly of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.
       

Azerbaijani pastor on trial released to house arrest

A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan was released Nov. 6 until Nov. 17, when his trial on what supporters say are bogus charges was scheduled to resume.
       

CBF provides $10,000 in relief for escalating crisis in Congo

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has given $10,000 to ease the growing humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where increased violence from rebel fighters is killing thousands of civilians and forcing even more to flee to refugee camps and neighboring African countries.
       

On the Move

Jose Allen to Ridgemont Church in Abilene as youth minister.
       

Around the State: DBU honors Drayton McLane

Dallas Baptist Univeristy will name Drayton McLane the recipient of the 2008 Russell H. Perry Free Enterprise Award during the annual award dinner to be held Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
       

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