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Proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test no longer required for SBC22

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) — The State of California announced Friday (March 17) that COVID-19 guidelines for indoor mega events will be relaxed effective April 1, and attendees will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test prior to admission.

Russian radio station continuing to broadcast Gospel message

LASI, Romania (BP) – Despite a variety of challenges resulting from the ongoing war, a Christian radio station broadcasting to Slavic nations has continued its Gospel ministry, this time from Romania. Although New Life Radio is the first and only FM Christian radio station in Russia, the station relocated from Russia to Odessa, Ukraine, several […]

‘Very chaotic’ for perhaps 180,000 ‘traumatized’ orphans in Ukraine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – The nearly 200,000 orphans in Ukraine are especially traumatized by Russia’s invasion that has displaced millions of civilians, according to a Southern Baptist adoption and orphan care minister who has adopted three children from Ukraine.

UN: 6.5 million people displaced inside Ukraine due to war

GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. migration agency said Friday that nearly 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Ukraine, on top of the 3.2 million who have already fled the country.

FIRST-PERSON: How you can help the overlooked children affected by substance abuse

The turning point for me occurred at a funeral. I was holding a 4-year-old child I did not know. His mother had passed away after overdosing on a dangerous mix of fentanyl and cocaine. The family reached out to our church and asked for a pastor to officiate the funeral. I’ll never forget the young boy’s words.

EXPLAINER: Alcohol abuse and drug overdoses rose during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every family in America. Some are still dealing with the aftermath of the disease. But the problem of substance abuse exacerbated by the pandemic might be a problem that lasts longer than the coronavirus.

Hannibal LaGrange University board addresses $690,000 debt

HANNIBAL, Mo. (BP) – Steps taken during a March 11 board of trustees meeting will keep Hannibal LaGrange University operational through the end of the fiscal year, Chairman Mark Anderson told Baptist Press March 16, and address a $690,000 debt while preparing the Missouri Baptist Convention-affiliated school for the future.

El capellán de la policía de Vermont pierde su puesto debido a presiones externas

MONTPELIER, VT. (BP) – Los primeros seis meses de Pete “Chap” Taraski en la capital del estado de Vermont incluyeron desafíos, tanto como pastor de Resurrection Baptist Church como líder cristiano conservador en uno de los enclaves más progresistas del país.

Crawford named executive director of BCM/D

COLUMBIA, Md. – The General Mission Board of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) unanimously named Michael Crawford as the convention’s executive director Thursday (March 17).

Why there is a shortage of student ministers and what can be done about it

NASHVILLE (BP) – Richard Ross has decades of experience when it comes to student ministry. And today, he’s observing a troubling trend.