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Tuesday
Aug262014

WMU Foundation offers grants to aid victims of human trafficking

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The WMU Foundation recently made $3,500 in grants to The WellHouse in Birmingham, Ala., and Turlac Ministries in Moldova, two organizations that fight human trafficking and aid trafficking victims. The grants were made from the WMU Foundation’s Hayes Endowment, which was established by David and Judi Hayes to specifically address the needs of trafficking victims.

“Of all trafficking activities in the United States, 40 percent of it happens in the Southeast,” said Alexa Likis-James, development director at The WellHouse. “We provide rescue, shelter, help with getting identification, medical assistance, and more. We basically get victims back on the map.”

Oleg Turlac, founder of Turlac Ministries and graduate of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, identifies economic issues as a major factor in Moldova’s human trafficking crisis.

 

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Friday
Aug222014

International Church Planters hold conference at Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church

“Declaring His Glory! - 1 Chronicles 16:24” was the theme of the International Church Planters (ICP) 15th Annual Missions Conference held recently at Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church, Tumbling Shoals. The nonprofit, faith-based organization is headquartered in Tumbling Shoals and operates based on the principles of Scripture and the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, according to Timothy Hicks, ICP vice president and pastor of Military Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Guest speakers at the conference were Michael Cloer, pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, N.C., and David Miller, of Line Upon Line Ministries, Heber Springs. Praise and worship was led by Randy Sharpe, of Huntsville, Ala. Special music was provided by cello players Susan and Erin Hines, from Virginia, and pianist Elizabeth Xiques, of Tumbling Shoals.

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Friday
Aug152014

Israel 'friendship visit' slated by evangelicals

WASHINGTON (BP) – A group of Christian leaders, hosted by National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson, will travel to Israel Aug. 17-22 to show support for the Jewish state's right to defend itself against attacks from Hamas and other adversaries.

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Ronnie Floyd was invited to participate in the "Christians in Solidarity with Israel" trip, sponsored by NRB and coordinated by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, but had other obligations. Among Christian leaders scheduled to participate are Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and president emeritus of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Anne Graham Lotz, president of AnGeL Ministries; and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

"I regret I could not be a part of these meetings in Israel due to previously scheduled engagements," Floyd told Baptist Press in written comments. "It would have been a joy to add my support and prayers for the nation of Israel. Southern Baptists have a heritage of affirming Israel's rights to exist as a sovereign state in its ancient homeland, having adopted numerous resolutions opposing anti-Semitism and affirming the nation of Israel at our annual meetings."

The trip will include visits with leaders and citizens of Israel, along with tours of the land, an NRB release stated.

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Friday
Aug152014

After teen's death, Baptists pray and serve

FERGUSON, Mo. (BP) – Missouri Baptists gathered for prayer Aug. 13 before a fifth night of turbulent protests erupted over the shooting death of an African American teenager by a local police officer.

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by an unnamed Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9 garnered national attention after the teenager's death incited peaceful protests as well as several nights of upheaval in this St. Louis-area town.

During the night, looters broke windows, started fires and stole items from local stores. Racial tensions also came to the fore after Brown's death, partially because the Ferguson police force has only three African American officers in a community where two-thirds of the population is black. 

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Friday
Aug152014

Warren to hold Purpose Driven Church Conference in Rwanda in 2015

Warren announces 2015 conference while in Africa.KIGALI, Rwanda – Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., and best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life, has announced plans to host the All Africa Purpose Driven Church Congress Aug. 6-10, 2015. 

The gathering of pastors and church leaders from all 54 African nations, will be held in conjunction with Rwanda Shima Imana, a Day of Thanksgiving to celebrate reconciliation and gratitude on the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. It will be the first of five annual continent-wide conferences to take place by 2020, with the second planned to be held in Latin America in 2016.

"I have been to Rwanda many times but this is by far my most important trip," said Warren. "This week I am bringing over 100 leaders from 30 African nations as well as Russia, China, India and the U.S. I want them to see what is happening in this country and to see the growth, development and progress that has been made in both this nation and its churches as we prepare for the 2015 gathering."

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