SHARING GOD IN SWEDEN TOUGH: MOENCH

By Charles Braddix
IMB Writer

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — What’s the most embarrassing thing you can talk about in your city? Discussions that include God, said a Scandinavian pastor.

The pastor in Denmark told this to sociologist Phil Zuckerman, who spent 14 months interviewing nearly 150 Scandinavians, according to The New York Times.

This can pose a dilemma for Christian workers trying to evangelize and plant churches in countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. The key, however, is not leaving God out of spiritual discussions, but knowing how to have an appropriate spiritual conversation with Scandinavians, said International Mission Board strategy leader David Moench, a Tennessean and member of Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood. [Read more…]

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TENNESSEANS SUPPORT MINISTRY IN INDIA

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Fellowshipping at the recent Summit held in November at First Baptist Church, Millington, were from left, David Mackens, Sue Evans, Dwight Dickson, Bro. Vee, and Tony Evans of MVN. — Photo by Corinne Williams

Fellowshipping at the recent Summit held in November at First Baptist Church, Millington, were from left, David Mackens, Sue Evans, Dwight Dickson, Bro. Vee, and Tony Evans of MVN. — Photo by Corinne Williams

CLARKSVILLE — Baptists in Cumberland Baptist Association, headquartered in Clarksville, know they can travel to minister in India only on occasions.

For ministry to be effective there, it is imperative that Christians with a heart for their lost countrymen are trained to be missionaries to plant churches in the remote villages of India.

Thus, Mission Voice Network Ministries in India was formed in the United States to raise prayer and financial support for the suffering missionaries there. The Clarksville-based ministry is comprised of primarily Tennessee Baptists from area churches. [Read more…]

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SAEED ABEDINI RELEASED FROM IRAN PRISON

Baptist Press

Saeed Abedini

Saeed Abedini

IRAN — American pastor Saeed Abedini and three other prisoners have been released from prison in Iran, according to news reports. Abedini was detained in 2012 for organizing house churches and later sentenced to eight years in prison.

The 35-year-old pastor suffered beatings and harsh punishment during three-and-a-half years in prison in Iran, where he had been held due to his Christian faith.

The release reportedly comes as part of a prisoner swap coinciding with the Jan. 16 implementation of a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers brokered in July 2015. The U.S. has released seven Iranian-Americans charged with violating sanctions, according to an Iranian news agency.

Abedini’s wife Naghmeh rejoiced on her Facebook page shortly after news reports came in: “It is confirmed: Saeed is released!” [Read more…]

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IN PARIS, ‘DEATH, PAIN & TERROR’ MET BY PRAYER, HOPE

by Charles Braddix
Baptist Press

France, Map, French, Paris, Dark, black color, Europe, redPARIS (BP) — Friday the 13th became a day of infamy in Paris after a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris left at least 129 people dead and 350 wounded.

“This has been the worst attack in Paris since World War II,” said Tara Chaney*, an International Mission Board worker in France. “People are in a state of shock and mourning; however, there is also a sense of resolve. Parisians are slowly going about their lives. They want to prove to the terrorists that they have not won.”

IMB officials reported all of their personnel in Paris are safe, although four were at the national stadium that was one of six locations targeted by terrorists. [Read more…]

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