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  • FIRST-PERSON: The nations next door

    by Terry Sharp, posted Friday, April 28, 2017 (2 months ago)

    The nations of the world are "all around us," Terry Sharp writes of immigrants, refugees and international students in America's cities, "but sometimes we don't see them because we aren't looking for them." Reaching them, he writes, "makes strategic, missiological sense." Read More

  • Friends of Refugees revived her missionary call

    by Joe Westbury, posted Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury/Christian Index
    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- How is the best way to be a missionary? For Pat Maddox the answer was simple.

    You just put yourself in the shoes of people you want to serve, understand their needs, and then meet those needs without expecting anything in return.

    That was the genesis of Friends of Refugees and many other servanthood ministries now under its umbrella at Clarkston International Bible Church in metro Atlanta. Read More

  • Angry, tortured refugee makes peace with God's love

    by Eliza Thomas, posted Thursday, March 23, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    BULGARIA (BP) -- Andrew* limped up the stairs to the pulpit of the church. As he turned to face the congregation, I noticed that one of his eyes sagged. The scarring was evidence of the torture he had endured.

    He greeted the members of the Bulgarian Baptist church in broken English. It was the late 1990s and it had been less than a decade since the Soviet Union had dissolved. Many of the believers sitting shoulder to shoulder in the pews of the church had known the trauma of persecution under the communist regime. Some had been imprisoned. They were acquainted with suffering, so they could relate to Andrew's story in a way that I couldn't. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Choosing your neighbor

    by Terry Sharp, posted Wednesday, February 08, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Terry Sharp examines the question, "Who is my neighbor?" in view of the world's refugee crisis. "Reality is that we don't always choose who our neighbors are," he writes, "but we do choose what kind of neighbors we will be." Read More

  • Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Persecution against Christians is ranked "extreme" and "severe" in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S., based on 2017 rankings by the non-profit Open Doors USA.

    Six of the countries –- Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen -- are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest, with Libya ranked 11th, according to Open Doors' 2017 World Watch List.

    Upon the release of the list on Jan. 11, Open Doors encouraged Christians to remember these nations in prayer. Read More

  • Refugee children finding sense of normalcy

    by Bonnie Pritchett/ Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Friday, January 06, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
    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 (5 months ago)

    Photo by Arianne Ball
    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

  • At Thanksgiving, immigrants & refugees cherish freedom

    by Joe Westbury, posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Dung Duong remembers the long walk from South Vietnam to Cambodia as he, his father and brother fled life at the hands of the communists who had overrun their nation 15 years earlier.

    The year was 1989 but thoughts of that suffering -- including losing friends who took to the open sea in small boats and were never rescued -- remains with him to this day. Read More

  • Challenges keep D.C. church plant rooted in prayer

    by Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, November 03, 2016 (8 months ago)

    Photo courtesy The Well Community Church
    SILVER SPRING, Md. (BP) -- The entire refugee family huddled in terror in the back room of their Riverdale, Md., apartment. For hours, a piercing shriek had filled their home. As new arrivals from a developing nation, they had no idea the alarm was warning them about deadly fumes in the house.

    Finally, their neighbor, Eric So, was able to get into the apartment, where he found an unlit burner on the stove was spewing gas. A spark could have set off a horrible explosion. Even without a fire, the family soon would have been overcome by the fumes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Refuge for refugees

    by Diana Davis, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (8 months ago)

    As refugees continue to arrive in America -- and in your community -- there are plenty of ways to overcome uncertainty and "show God's love and share His plan of salvation," Diana Davis writes. "When we see immigrants as individuals who are dearly loved by God, it's easy to truly care," she writes. Read More