Nepal's quake prompts prayer; Baptists respond


NEPAL (BP) – Notes of a praise song carried from one end of the field to another. As the song ended, another started from a different direction. The two singing churches provided a sense of peace amidst the screams of neighbors sitting in open fields seeking a safe place from the aftershocks and tremors a day after Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The quake hit April 25 just 50 miles outside the capital city of Kathmandu and reached as far as India, Bangladesh and the Chinese region of Tibet. It was the strongest in the region in more than 80 years, killing more than 4,000 people, injuring more than 7,000 and leveling buildings and homes. The death toll continues to rise as rescue efforts expand from the cities to the countryside.

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Prayer advocate Don Miller dies at 93


DON MILLER, founder of Bible Based Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas, died Wednesday, April 22. He was 93.

Miller was a pastor, church planter and evangelist, serving churches in Texas and New York from 1945 to 1977. From 1977 to 2010, he and his wife, Libby, led Bible Based Ministries, conducting prayer conferences in 1,000 churches in America and on mission fields all over the world. 

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Baptist Health names new administrator for Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway

CONWAY –  Jamie Carter, who was most recently the chief operating officer of the 617-bed Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, has been named as the vice president and administrator of the soon-to-be-opened Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway.

“We are fortunate to have someone with his level of experience joining Baptist Health, and he will be a great fit in the organization,” said Doug Weeks, chief operating officer and executive vice president for Baptist Health.

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Boys ranch near Harrison damaged

Independence Hall at Boys Ranch near Harrison.

Editor's Note: This story is being updated. Most recent update was at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 3:

HARRISON – Several buildings at the Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch near Harrison were damaged after storms raked through northern Arkansas April 2-3. No injuries were reported.

The boys ranch is a ministry of the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes).

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‘Religious freedom bill’ draws protests in Arkansas, Indiana; new bill approved

This is an excerpt of a story to be published in the April 9 edition of the Arkansas Baptist News. Subscribe here.

LITTLE ROCK – A bill intended to protect religious freedom has met the wrath of homosexual and transgender people in Arkansas, with those who opposed its passage saying the bill allows businesses to openly discriminate by refusing services.

After Arkansas House Bill 1228, referred to as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), received final approval by legislators, it drew a torrent of protestors to the Capitol and criticsm from one of the state’s largest economic forces, Walmart.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who earlier had said that he would sign the bill into law, held a press conference April 1 asking that legislators amend the bill to reflect terms of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The governor asked that HB1228 be recalled so amendments could be added that would bring it closer to the federal law and clarify its intent.

"The bill that is on my desk at the present time does not precisely mirror the federal law,” said the governor, adding that if necessary an executive order could be used “to make it clear that Arkansas wants to be a place of tolerance.”

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