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Persecution’s blessing: church growth in India

Posted: 11/30/07

Persecution’s blessing:
church growth in India

By Lance Wallace

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

HYDERABAD, India (ABP)—Sam Bandela has worked five years in the mountainous central region of India. Even as tsunami relief and personal challenges intervened, he continued to find local partners, train indigenous church planters and fund development projects in the largely Hindu region.

Finally, he is seeing results.

Sam Bandela (right) works with local pastors in India such as Narayan Paul (left). (Randy Durham photo/CBF)
       

Texas Baptist Forum

Posted: 11/30/07

Texas Baptist Forum

Ominous trend

What a commentary on American Christians! We gave more during the Great Depression to win the world to Jesus than we are giving now. 

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“This election, the candidates are talking so much about faith that one would think they wanted to be in the College of Cardinals rather than the Hall of Presidents.”
Jonathan Turley
George Washington University professor (USA Today/RNS)

“We are not preaching any type of civil disobedience. We’re just simply saying if someone comes to us and they’re in need of food, they’re in need of going to the doctor, we’re not going to take the time to look for a green card. We’re going to minister and show them Christ’s love.”
Robert Wilson
Ardmore, Okla., pastor, explaining an Oklahoma Baptist resolution that vowed to continue working with immigrants despite a state law that makes it illegal to aid or assist undocumented immigrants (Daily Oklahoman/RNS)

“Everything she does and says reflects on her husband’s ministry, and I don't think the men understand the stress that places on a woman. Their whole identity can be wrapped up in being the pastor’s wife, and they begin to lose themselves.”
Ginger Kolbaba
Co-author of a novel about four pastors’ wives (Leadership/RNS)

We have been warned repeatedly that God will move on and find others more obedient to his command to take the gospel. But we continue to turn inward and become more and more self-absorbed with meeting our own needs and those of our churches than with sacrificing to take the good news to those who have yet to hear.

No wonder, according to world-watchers, the center of the Christian faith has now moved to the Southern Hemisphere.

       

Baylor and Texas Baptist Men bring clean water to Mongolian town

Posted: 11/30/07
A Baylor University team partnered with Texas Baptist Men to bring water filtration systems and water testing to a rural village in northern Mongolia. Pictured are (left to right)  Dick Talley, Ron Mathis, and Leo Smith, all from Texas Baptist Men; Governor Khayankhirvaa of Darkhan, Mongolia; and Rene Massengale, Michelle Nemec, and Stacy Pfluger from Baylor University.

Baylor and Texas Baptist Men bring
clean water to Mongolian town

By Matt Pene

Baylor University

KHONGOR, Mongolia—A village in central Mongolia that suffers from extensive water and environmental contamination soon may see better days ahead, thanks to the work of Baylor University researchers and Texas Baptist Men.

Researchers have completed one phase of the Baylor in Mongolia project. They identified about 1,000 people in Khongor who have been become sick due to environmental contamination from industrial mining. About 70 percent of the households in that town have at least one sick person—a crisis that has drawn attention from the World Health Organization.

       

Diverse group of Christians seeks better relationship with Muslims

Posted: 11/30/07

Diverse group of Christians seeks
better relationship with Muslims

By Adelle M. Banks

Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS)—A wide range of Christian theologians and leaders have endorsed a document calling for increased efforts to work with Muslims for peace and justice. The move responds to an earlier call from Muslim leaders seeking common ground.

The new document, “Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to ‘A Common Word Between Us and You,’” was signed by about 300 Christians and published in a Nov. 18 advertisement in the New York Times.

       

Oklahoma Baptists vow to continue ministering to illegal immigrants

Posted: 11/30/07

Oklahoma Baptists vow to continue
ministering to illegal immigrants

By Hannah Elliott

Associated Baptist Press

MOORE, Okla. (ABP)—Messengers to the annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma passed a resolution emphasizing nondiscriminating ministry to illegal immigrants and adopted a record $24.6 million budget.

“Finishing the Task” was the theme of the convention, which brought almost 900 messengers to First Baptist Church in Moore.

       
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