Advocates back effort to aid foster childrenWASHINGTON (BP) -- Advocates for children needing families voiced their approval of new federal legislation designed to improve the placement of children in quality foster care families at a time of increased demand for such homes.
The National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act, introduced March 21, would enhance the matching of children and families in the foster care system by establishing a national standard and database for increased uniformity and transparency. The measure would permit foster care and adoption agencies throughout the country to gain information about potential families through a secure process. Read More
Committee on Resolutions named for 2017 SBCPHOENIX (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.
Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church, appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting. Read More
'Walking Lottie Moon' legacy spurs continued givingALHAMBRA, Calif. (BP) -- Pastor Alan Chan remembers the late Cherry Chang for her love of missions. "She said until I give my last breath, I will give it to missions, to do missions." And she did.
Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles in Alhambra, Calif. (MBCLA), where Chan is pastor of church ministry coordination, today remembers Chang years after her death as the "walking Lottie Moon." Read More
Ghost town church sees Holy Ghost revivalORGAN, N.M. (BP) -- With numerous dilapidated buildings and only 323 residents according to the 2010 U.S. census, Organ, N.M., appears on at least one website listing American ghost towns. But Pastor Mitch Newton prefers to think of it as a Holy Ghost town because of the surprising work God has done through the town's Baptist church.
Over the past three years, Faith Christian Fellowship has grown from five worship attendees to more than 25. The congregation has baptized six people over that span, with three more baptisms scheduled for the coming weeks. Read More
Friends of Refugees revived her missionary callCLARKSTON, 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
Imprisoned Iranian believer in 'urgent' health crisisNASHVILLE (BP) -- Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity, is in "urgent need of special care."
An Iranian Christian media outlet, Mohabat News, reported March 24 that Zargaran's health condition "deteriorated last week," citing sources close to her family. Read More