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    SE Asian earthquake victims find healing

    August 21, 2019

    World

    SOUTHEAST ASIA – He sped home on his motorbike, desperate to see his family in the wake of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. He had waited 30 minutes – long enough to let the tremors subside – but a sudden landslide took him by surprise.

    Church consultantcoach Will Mancini leads a strategic revisioning session for the Colorado Baptist General Convention. Submitted photo

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    Sweeping changes ahead for 8 state conventions

    August 21, 2019

    Baptist News

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Eight state Baptist conventions – at their own initiative – are moving toward sweeping changes.

    The conventions' goal: adding value to their churches.

    Colorado Baptists – the first to launch a broad revisioning – are now in the...

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    PPFA forfeits family planning funds for abortion

    August 20, 2019

    Nation

    WASHINGTON – One of Planned Parenthood's government revenue streams has officially dried up for now.

    The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) confirmed Monday, Aug. 19, it would not abide by the Trump administration's new rule that...

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    Government and Send Relief leaders prepare to break ground on the new ministry center. From left to right: Carlos Ferrer, North American Mission Board vice president; Hector Albertorio, Faith Based Partnership Liaison for Puerto Rico’s governor; Angel Perez, Guaynabo mayor; David Melber, Send Relief president; Juan Oscar Morales, representative for Puerto Rico's speaker of the house; and Jonathan Santiago, Send Relief’s Ministry Center director. NAMB photo

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    Puerto Rico: NAMB breaks ground on Send Relief center

    August 20, 2019

    World

    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Send Relief celebrated the start of construction of a new ministry center in Puerto Rico with a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday, Aug. 19. As the compassion ministry arm of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Send...

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    A health care worker enters an Ebola treatment facility in Democratic Republic of Congo. The second-worst Ebola epidemic in history is taking place in the eastern part of the country. Screen capture from CBS News

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    Ebola deaths and fears return to West Africa

    August 20, 2019

    World

    DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – The second-worst Ebola epidemic in history is taking place in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    The disease has claimed more than 1,900 lives since the outbreak garnered World Health...

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    WBU cross country serves Walnut Ridge, Hoxie community

    August 20, 2019

    Across Arkansas

    WALNUT RIDGE – The Williams Baptist University (WBU) cross country team took an afternoon out of its on-field training to serve the Walnut Ridge community last week. Team members volunteered at a food pantry with First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge...

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    Retired pastor Jack Stallings, at podium, spoke when Robert Lee, standing at right, was installed as senior pastor of Collinswood Agape Baptist Church, a merger of congregations Stallings and Lee previously led separately in Portsmouth, Va. Seated is Little Grove Baptist Church Pastor Ralph Richardson, who preached the installation sermon. Photo courtesy of Kelvin Oliver/Electric Eye

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    Church merger 'undivided example in divided world'

    August 20, 2019

    ABN Digest

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Longtime pastor Jack Stallings determined years ago to empathetically view life from the eyes of a black Christian, a feat he says he hasn't quite achieved, being he's white.

    "A person that has helped me tremendously with that,...

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    Art Toalston to retire from Baptist Press

    August 19, 2019

    Baptist News

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Art Toalston has announced after more than 27 years of service, he will retire from the Southern Baptist Convention's official news service, Baptist Press, effective Sept. 30.

    Toalston, senior editor of Baptist press, notified...

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    Beatles at the Ridge Festival announces Christian music lineup

    August 19, 2019

    Across Arkansas

    WALNUT RIDGE – Christian music will have a prominent place at the Beatles at the Ridge music festival in Walnut Ridge again this year.  Contemporary Christian acts will perform all afternoon Saturday, Sept. 21, on the First National Bank Beatles...

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    Ouachita grads fill news void after Arkadelphia paper closes

    August 19, 2019

    Across Arkansas

    ARKADELPHIA – “Newspapers are the glue that unites the community,” said Bill Sutley, editor of the new Arkadelphia newspaper – the Arkadelphia Dispatch.

    Sutley and John Schirmer, editor of the Nashville News-Leader and owner of Graves Publishing...

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