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    SE Asian earthquake victims find healing

    August 21, 2019

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    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.

    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

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    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

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    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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    Hong Kong police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters across the city. Screen capture from CBS News

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    Hong Kong Christians fear China persecution

    August 14, 2019

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    HONG KONG – A proposed extradition law sparking violent protests at Hong Kong's airport would make it easier for China to persecute Hong Kong Christians, a religious freedom advocate told Baptist Press.

    Christians, who comprise about 10 percent of...

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    When students in East Asia move to a city to go to college, many are able to hear the gospel for the first time ever. Statistics put the number of university students in East Asia in the tens of millions. IMB photo

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    East Asian college student discovers gospel

    August 9, 2019

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    EAST ASIA – Statistics put the number of university students in East Asia in the tens of millions. When students in East Asia move to a city to go to college, many are able to hear the gospel for the first time ever.

    Living in a small town with a...

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    Hu Shigens baptism photo was reportedly used as evidence to imprison him in China for his faith. ChinaAid photo

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    Christian prisoner in spotlight at China rights event

    August 7, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – The release of an underground church leader reportedly jailed in China for his Christianity was among pleas at an interfaith roundtable U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended on China's religious rights abuses.

    China should release Hu...

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    A neighborhood in South Asia is hearing the gospel due to the bold witness of local believers. Thanks to Southern Baptists’ generous gifts, workers come alongside the national believers to help disciple new Christians in their faith. IMB photo

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    Muslim who became Hindu finds Jesus in South Asia

    August 7, 2019

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    SOUTH ASIA – Zoya's* family life was a mess. She had fallen in love with a Hindu man, and consequently, her Muslim family disowned her. As the years went by, she became the mother of two and a dutiful Hindu. But her marriage suffered when her...

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    A Deaf believer signs a Bible story for several South Asian men who are interested in learning more about the gospel. IMB photo

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    Deaf adults eager to hear gospel in South Asia

    July 31, 2019

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    SOUTH ASIA – International Mission Board missionary Bethany meets regularly with a group of four Deaf friends from South Asia. These friends are Hindus and are eager to know more about the one true God.

    Bethany (name changed for security) teaches...

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    The spiritual soil of Iran is rich and fertile – Iranians are embracing the gospel and sharing it with others. IMB photo

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    New Iranian believer quickly begins sharing his faith

    July 22, 2019

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    CENTRAL ASIA – Dry and dusty. Rocky and hard. Much of the soil in the Middle East is like this.

    But the soil of Iran is rich and fertile, even so from a spiritual perspective.

    Amir*, a young Iranian man with a ponytail, received the Book of John...

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    Sudan military and civilian leaders signed a new power-sharing deal to establish civilian rule in the Islamic country, giving Christians hope for religious liberty. Screen capture from BBC

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    Sudan Christians may benefit from new accord

    July 22, 2019

    World

    KHARTOUM, Sudan – A new power-sharing agreement to establish civilian rule in Sudan is potentially good news for persecuted Christians there, religious liberty watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) said.

    "This could very well be a historic...

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