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Military suicides on the rise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The number of people in the U.S. military who have committed suicide has increased dramatically in recent years, with the Army alone battling a suicide rate that doubled between 2005 and 2009.
At Fort Hood in Texas, officials have documented 14 confirmed suicides and six suspected suicides among soldiers so far this year, including four suspected suicides during one weekend at the end of September. Fort Hood had 11 suicides last year and 14 total in 2008.
Sara Horn, a military wife who founded a support network called Wives of Faith, said the suicides are directly related to a problem of the heart.
"When the heart has no hope, it's very hard to see a future. This should serve only as one more wakeup call, one more plea to our local churches and believers to reach out to our military and their families," Horn told Baptist Press. "We know the hope we have in Jesus. We have to share that hope with others."
More than 1,000 troops have killed themselves during the past five years, driving the Army suicide rate above the civilian rate for the first time since the Vietnam War.... Read More
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After long legal battle, Christian men found not guilty of 'insulting Turkishness'ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP)--After four years of legal battle in Turkey, a judge has acquitted two Christians of "insulting Turkishness" by spreading Christianity, but not without levying a hefty fine against them on another charge ... Read More
Bible institute re-opening in Serbia
NOVI SAD, Serbia (BP)--The Bible institute in Novi Sad, Serbia, is opening its doors again after three years of silence. Serbian Baptist Union (UBC) director, Ondrej Franka, is excited about this new chapter ... Read More
Pro-life pioneer Mildred Jefferson dies
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP)--Mildred Jefferson, a founder of the National Right to Life Committee and the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, died Oct. 15 in Cambridge, Mass. She was 84.
"The right-to-life movement has lost a champion and a pioneer. And we have lost a dear friend," Darla St. Martin, co-executive director of the National Right to Life Committee, said in a statement. "Mildred Jefferson was a valued colleague in our fight for the most vulnerable members of our... Read More
SBC DIGEST: Crash destroys N.Y. church sanctuary; Jeffress defends criticism of Islam
NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. (BP)--The sanctuary of Bellewood Baptist Church in North Syracuse, N.Y., was destroyed by fire Oct. 17 when a man crashed his pickup truck into the building just before 5 a.m.
Florindo A. Pascarella, 24, of Mattydale, N.Y., crashed through a street sign, two lawns and plowed into the church, the Post-Standard newspaper reported. When his vehicle burst into flames, Pascarella was pulled from the burning vehicle by a bystander. Pascarella then tried to escape in another v... Read More