Month: February 2022

NAMB missionary baptizes West Point cadets in icy Hudson River

NAMB missionary baptizes West Point cadets in icy Hudson River

WEST POINT, N.Y. – A pair of cadets at the United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, N.Y., celebrated a day they are not likely to forget any time soon. On Feb. 12, Brooke Parker and Zhaoxin (Jenny) Ma were baptized by Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) director Joshua Austin in an icy Hudson River….

Indonesia is Tuning Down a Common ‘Blasphemy’

02/28/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – Indonesia’s Minister for Religious Affairs has released a letter detailing new guidelines for the use of external loudspeakers at mosques across the country. This has led to mixed reactions across the predominantly Muslim country, creating both outrage and relief. The new guidance from the Ministry of Religious Affairs limits…

Right data can inform church’s ministry

Right data can inform church’s ministry

GLENDALE, Ariz. (BP) — The biblical leader Nehemiah knew that data mattered — and now, so do the 30-plus church leaders who attended a technology innovation conference online and in person at Mountain Ridge Church in Glendale. During the event, data specialist Matt Engel shared how data and technology can inform ministry — how it…

SBDR, Send Relief enter new working agreement for disaster relief

SBDR, Send Relief enter new working agreement for disaster relief

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) – State directors of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) and Send Relief, the compassion ministry arm for Southern Baptists, entered into a new working agreement when SBDR directors gathered for their annual roundtable on January 27 in Albuquerque, N.M. The SBDR state directors affirmed the measure without any dissenting votes. The new…

Across US, worshippers seek solidarity at Ukrainian churches, pray for peace

CHICAGO (RNS) — In cities with some of the largest Ukrainian populations in the United States, worshippers prayed for peace and an end to war Sunday (Feb. 27) as Russia threatened its western neighbor for the fourth straight day. The post Across US, worshippers seek solidarity at Ukrainian churches, pray for peace appeared first on…

In Somaliland, COVID brings ‘cutters’ door to door for girls

HARGEISA, Somalia (AP) — Experts say instances of FGM rose alarmingly during the pandemic in Somaliland and other parts of Africa as lockdowns kept girls out of school. The post In Somaliland, COVID brings ‘cutters’ door to door for girls appeared first on Religion News Service.

Close to the conflict, Southern Baptists move to prayer over Ukraine

Close to the conflict, Southern Baptists move to prayer over Ukraine

PARMA, Ohio (BP) – It doesn’t require a personal connection with the country of Ukraine to pray on its behalf. But for many Southern Baptists, the ongoing invasion and fighting there has made it personal nonetheless. Those prayers were lifted on the outskirts of Cleveland at Mercy Hill Chapel, a Southern Baptist congregation that features…

FIRST-PERSON: 4 reasons why Christians should care about what’s happening in Ukraine

FIRST-PERSON: 4 reasons why Christians should care about what’s happening in Ukraine

On Thursday, Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and launched attacks on cities and airports throughout the country, including near the capital, Kyiv. According to The New York Times, “​​Russian troops moved across the Ukrainian border in multiple areas at once, landing in the port city of Odessa in the south and crossing the eastern border into Kharkiv,…

Four Christians Jailed Under False Charges

02/28/2022 India (International Christian Concern) – Four Christians, including two pastors, were jailed on false charges of conversion activities in Madhya Pradesh’s Betul district on 19 February. The police ambushed Christians gathered at a family celebration in Udhama village and took seven people into custody, after which four were officially booked and sent to the…

EXPLAINER: How is Russia-Ukraine war linked to religion?

(AP) — The division between Ukraine’s Orthodox bodies has reverberated worldwide in recent years as Orthodox churches have struggled with how and whether to take sides. The post EXPLAINER: How is Russia-Ukraine war linked to religion? appeared first on Religion News Service.