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Jul 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman whose death sentence caused an international outcry, arrived safely in Italy on July 24.

Ibrahim, also known as Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, was flown on an Italian government jet to Rome with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two young children, Martin and Maya.
Jul 24, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (BP)—It’s 5 a.m. on a Saturday and while most of the town of Vueltas is still asleep, pastor José Enrique Pérez is prepping for what promises to be a long day. Fourteen hours to be exact. Just like every Saturday. That’s the reality of church planting in Cuba.

Pérez is joined by a dedicated team of self-described missionaries from his congregation, Bethel Baptist Church. More than 50 Christians pour their lives into the dozens of small towns and villages surrounding Vueltas where there is little or no Gospel witness. The missionaries’ goal is straightforward: make disciples and gather them into house churches.
Jul 2, 2014
BALTIMORE (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on transgender identity for the first time while returning to such issues as civil rights, gambling and world hunger for further statements.
Jul 1, 2014
The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist churches.
Jun 30, 2014
BALTIMORE (BP)—Dante Carter wanted Crossover Baltimore to communicate compassion to the hurting people he often encounters in the city.

“There’s a lot of hurt and pain ...,” said Carter, youth pastor at Northeast Baptist Church in the heart of the Armistead Gardens community.
Jun 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a key mandate of the Affordable Care Act, ruling for the first time "closely held" companies may exercise their religious opinions and conscientiously object to providing abortion-inducing contraceptives to employees through their health insurance plans.
Jun 21, 2014
BANGKOK, Thailand (BP)—In a country that has already endured months of political unrest, International Mission Board leaders are calling believers to fervent prayer for Thailand after the Royal Thai Army recently declared martial law and gained control of the government in a coup two days later.

“We pray for a resolution that is best for the Thai people,” said Peter Hillen (name changed), an IMB worker in Thailand. “Pray for people to be patient as this resolves. Please pray for our personnel to take opportunities to share about where their eternal security comes from; we can’t trust in man for our security.”
Jun 19, 2014
NEW YORK (BP)—Oklahoma Disaster Relief director Sam Porter spent an emotional day at the National September 11 Memorial Museum during a special preview of the facility in New York City.

National disaster relief leaders with the North American Mission Board asked Porter to represent the Southern Baptist Convention at the by-invitation-only event on May 19. The museum officially opened May 21 to the public.
Jun 15, 2014
TEHRAN, Iran (BP)—Iranian authorities are threatening to extend the prison sentence of jailed U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini because he leads people to faith in Christ everywhere he is detained, Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, told Baptist Press.

“I don’t see him [witnessing] as an act of defiance,” Naghmeh Abedini said. “Knowing Saeed’s heart as a pastor, he’s seeing people in such a dark place ... on death row for murders and rapes, and just seeing people who are in prison whose future is so dark. Knowing Saeed’s heart, I know that his heart was to give them the hope that he’s found in Christ that no one can take away, even in prison.”
Jun 14, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—A federal judge has legalized same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, handing the increasingly successful campaign to redefine mankind’s oldest institution a clean sweep of the northeast United States.

Judge John Jones struck down the Pennsylvania legislature’s 1996 laws that refused to recognize same-sex marriage. Jones, who was nominated by President George W. Bush, declined to block enforcement of his ruling May 20, enabling same-sex couples to begin applying for marriage licenses immediately. Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican opponent of same-sex marriage, has yet to announce if he will appeal the opinion.
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