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  • What should churches do to protect human life?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches must be intentional in protecting the lives of the unborn and caring for the most vulnerable among us, leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention said as the SBC prepares to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Jan. 22.

    John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention and SBC recording secretary, expressed hope for the reversal of elective abortion rights when he called churches to action in a blogpost on the MBC website. Read More

  • A foster story authored by God

    by Kristi Prince/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    STILLWATER, Okla. (BP) -- Bobby and Molly Edwards are models of God's mandate in James 1:27 to love and care for those whom society often neglects. Since 2006, they have opened their home and hearts to nearly 60 foster children.

    Molly herself was adopted through the foster system and her parents hosted 101 foster children in their home.

    "Our goal is at least 102," Molly said with a smile. Read More

  • Refugee children finding sense of normalcy

    by Bonnie Pritchett/ Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An international ensemble of eight guitarists enthusiastically played and sang during a December rehearsal. The musicians, like the other refugee children attending weekly classes at the Ethnic Group Academy, reveled in the experience, happy that for at least a couple of hours that Saturday afternoon they could just be kids.

    EGA is a ministry of Hanmaum International Baptist Church, a predominantly South Korean congregation. When Pastor Jong Su Heo learned six years ago about the influx of refugees into Tarrant County, he asked God how his congregation could help. The answer? A reconsideration of the term "foreign missions." Read More

  • Teenage refugee finds family through adoption

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    IRVING, Texas (BP) -- Many parents approach their children's teenage years with some trepidation, but Kelly and Shellie Carson began parenting at age 28 by adopting 17-year-old Kiir just before he aged out of the Texas foster care system.

    Kiir says that if the Carsons had not adopted him, he might have ended up homeless and hopeless, Shellie Carson told the TEXAN. Read More

  • A family stitched together at Christmas

    by Robin Cornetet, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (3 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- As Christians worldwide prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, one Kentucky couple reflects on the day they say God stitched together their Christmas gift of a new family.

    On Dec. 18, Sam and Stephanie Patterson celebrated the second anniversary of the day they adopted four siblings from foster care.

    "That's our 'forever family' day," said Stephanie, a music ministry associate at Little Flock Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, Ky., just south of Louisville. Read More

  • Thanksgiving sweetened by Baptist children's homes

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In one Tennessee household, this year's Thanksgiving table will include an unusual centerpiece: the letters Y-E-S made of black pressed wood.

    With a new 10-year-old daughter in their house, Jennifer and Rusty plan to place the letters on their table as a reminder of what God does when believers say "yes" to His will without knowing precisely where He's leading. For them, saying yes led to adopting a child through the Tennessee Baptist Children's Homes. Read More

  • Website to aid foster care, adoption in Ky.

    by Kentucky Today Staff, posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (9 months ago)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A new website aims to make it easier for Kentucky parents to navigate the foster care and adoption process.

    "Every child deserves a loving home," First Lady Glenna Bevin said in unveiling the website with Kentucky Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. Read More

  • Motherhood: 'Oh, the ebb and flow of joy and sorrow'

    by Kimberly Merida , posted Friday, May 06, 2016 (11 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- Celebrating Mother's Day was always a peaceful and joy-filled experience as I grew up in a loving, Christian, two-parent home. I remember working diligently on the obligatory homemade gift projects we were given as schoolchildren in order to present something to my mom that would conjure a smile, thanks and a hug. Mother's Day served as an annual reminder to say, "Thank you." To be honest, I never thought deeply about the annual celebration until later into my adulthood. Read More

  • International adoptions continue to decline

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service , posted Friday, April 15, 2016 (one year ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The number of children adopted internationally by Americans fell 12 percent last year to the lowest number since 1981, according to new U.S. State Department figures.

    Americans adopted 5,648 children during fiscal year 2015, down from an all-time high of 22,884 in 2004. Since 2004, intercountry adoptions to the United States have fallen every year. Read More

  • SANCTITY OF LIFE: Make your church 'adoption-friendly'

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When I pastored Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., my friend David Melber and his wife Tera started a "Considering Adoption" class for couples. It ran for five weeks and became so popular that we offered it twice each year. Not everyone who took the class ultimately decided to adopt but the class became an important part of raising awareness in our church about everything involved in the adoption process and how we could support those families who were pursuing it.

    As believers we should be the biggest advocates for and participants in adoption. Not only ... Read More