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South Korean believers worry about secularization of America, pray for spiritual awakening

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – Concerned about the growing secularization of America, hundreds of South Korean believers will be arriving in the U.S. next month to pray for another spiritual awakening for the nation that brought them the gospel. “It’s time for us to repay the spiritual debt South Korea owes to America,” said Nam Soo Choi, president of the World School of Prayer, a missionary organization in Seoul.
Bangkok here we come: Georgia's John Blackmon and family preparing for next ministry assignment
MEANSVILLE, Ga. – A U-Haul won’t cut it for John Blackmon’s next ministry move. The longtime Georgia pastor and his family are heading to Bangkok, Thailand at the end of July, a 9,000-mile trip, to join the staff of Calvary International Baptist Church. That Blackmon, his wife, Cheryl, and their two toddlers will soon be leaving the U.S. is in response to a divine calling that became clear to them in recent years. “We’re sure this is what God wants us to do,” Blackmon said. “We have no doubt this is where He wants us right now.”
Heaven Bound Mud Bogger: 'Covered in mud, but washed in the blood'
There’s a lot to see at a mud bogger race. The trucks are big. They’re loud. You can’t avoid seeing them. But somehow, in the middle of all of that, you notice Terry Billings’ truck — the Heaven Bound Mud Bogger. It’s bigger and louder. People want to look at it, climb up the step ladder, sit in the truck and get their picture taken.
Pastor of charred church: 'God's got this, and we can trust Him'
WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. – The pastor of a Georgia church that lost a historic building to fire was be back in the pulpit on Sunday, sharing a message of hope with his congregation. “God’s got this, and we can trust Him,” said Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Pastor Chris Mitchell.
Cascade Hills Baptist Church baptizes 204 new believers so far this year
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Cascade Hills Baptist Church, which on average has baptized someone every day since 2015, appears on track to have one of its best years ever evangelistically. The church had 187 salvation decisions during the Easter weekend alone and has baptized 204 new believers so far this year. “It’s all God doing this,” said Pastor Brent Purvis, “He is the Lord of the harvest.”
J. Gerald Harris has building named in his honor at Truett McConnell
CLEVELAND, Ga. – Beloved Southern Baptist preacher and writer J. Gerald Harris, whose name has been on countless sermons, articles and books over the past six decades, now has his moniker inscribed on a building at Truett McConnell University.
Baptist Life

Associational missionary: It's easier to find pastors than pianists in rural Georgia

IVEY, Ga. – A shortage of pianists is hitting churches in the largely rural Ebenezer Baptist Association especially hard, forcing pastors to turn to soundtracks for musical accompaniment. “I’d say more than half of our churches are without pianists,” said Bill Gordon, the associational missions strategist in Ebenezer. “People simply aren’t taking piano lessons like they once did. It’s a lot easier to find a pastor right now than it is to find a pianist.”
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BP) – A substantial drop in the number of adoptions in the United States coincided with the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (BP) – Mothers and their youngsters who fled Ukraine for safety to Prague are “broken-hearted, desperate, searching for hope,” LeAnna Hall told Baptist Press. Hall’s idea for children and moms in the church to write letters of encouragement that would point the Ukrainian refugees “to the hope they could have in Jesus Christ,” is spreading across Oklahoma and the nation.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (BP) – A public baptism including more than 130 changed lives is significant on its own. But an onlooker’s response may be the biggest memory for Matt Laughter, worship pastor for the East Lake campus of Calvary Church.
ONTARIO, Canada (BP) – During its annual meeting last week, the Canadian National Baptist Convention confirmed Jeff Christopherson as the convention’s new National Ministry Leader/Executive Director. A native Canadian, Christopherson was previously serving as the convention’s multiplying church catalyst and as co-vocational pastor of The Sanctuary in Oakville, Ontario.
Georgia

Port of Savannah reports record-breaking April

ATLANTA – The Port of Savannah set a record for containerized cargo last month, while the Georgia Ports Authority reported its third busiest month ever.

2 LaGrange College baseball players among 3 killed in wreck

LaGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say two LaGrange College baseball players whose team had just won a conference tournament championship were among three people killed in a head-on crash in west Georgia.

Nothin' but a hound dog: meet Glynn County K-9 unit's newest member

The newest member of the Glynn County Police Department might not seem like that big of a deal. After all, he ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.

Sea turtles busy nesting on beaches in Georgia, S. Carolina

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are busy digging nests and laying eggs on beaches in Georgia and South Carolina. Wildlife officials in both states report finding dozens of nests since May 1, considered the unofficial start of the sea turtle nesting season.
Nation

Nearly 43,000 people died on US roads last year, agency says

DETROIT (AP) — Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year. That's the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.

New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A handful of U.S. hospitals are facing a financial crisis that officials say was caused by the federal government's rules for pandemic relief money. A trio of hospitals in Alabama, Kansas and New Mexico say they're not getting as much assistance as other hospitals because they're so new they can't prove financial losses from before the pandemic.

Man killed in California church shooting called a hero

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the man killed trying to stop a gunman at a Southern California church may have saved dozens of lives. Dr. John Cheng was shot after tackling David Chou on Sunday at a Taiwanese church in Orange County. Chou was then subdued by elderly parishioners.

‘I cried all day’: Buffalo church, community grieve supermarket massacre

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BP) – Four miles from the Tops Friendly Markets mass shooting May 14, North Buffalo Community Church Pastor William Smith is comforting a crying community. Church member Cashell Durham lost her baby brother Aaron Salter in the massacre.
World

Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The fall of Mariupol appears at hand as Ukraine is moving to abandon a sprawling steel plant where its soldiers had held out under relentless bombardment for months, which would make it the biggest city to fall into Russian hands.

From civilian to soldier: Ukrainian army volunteer buried

ZORYA TRUDA, Ukraine (AP) — Iuliia Loseva buried her husband in the village cemetery near her home. There was a military band, and a six-gun salute. His teenage sons, pale and stunned, walked behind their father’s coffin holding framed photographs of him in his camouflage uniform. But this was not a military funeral for a career soldier.

N. Korea's Kim faces 'huge dilemma' on aid as virus surges

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made “self-reliance” his governing lynchpin during his decade in power and shunned international help for his people. But a massive outbreak of suspected COVID-19 has left Kim at a critical crossroads. Does he swallow his pride and accept help or does he go it alone even though a huge number of fatalities could undermine his leadership?

Turkey objects as Sweden, Finland seek NATO membership

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Turkey's president is objecting to Sweden and Finland's historic bid to join NATO. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he cannot allow them to become members of the alliance because of their perceived inaction against exiled Kurdish militants.
Perspectives
One of the often overlooked and under appreciated impacts on our kid’s love for the Lord is the impact Godly adults have had on their lives.
When we look at what is going on today related to the possibility of Roe v. Wade being overturned, I want to set the tone for how we should be thinking. The fight for life is now going to be more intense on the state level! Now is not the time to back down! Now is the time to stand up!
Video from the 2022 evangelism conference sermons are now available on the ACTS2 streaming app. The app highlights the work of Southern Baptists and other evangelicals around the globe to encourage others to live ON MISSION.
Volunteers with Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief returned to Douglas over the weekend for a block party to celebrate the community’s recovery from a tornado that struck a year ago. Ronnie and Linda Register, who serve as Disaster Relief workers, shared a story from that celebration that speaks to the sovereignty of God. It’s one of those heart-touching tales that might have been used by the late broadcaster Paul Harvey in one of his “The rest of the story” segments.
The (GHSA) Georgia High School Association’s executive committee has voted unanimously to make sure girls participating in sports are protected from biological males competing against them.
Business

Musk: Doubt about spam accounts could scuttle Twitter deal

LONDON (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his deal to buy Twitter can’t move forward unless the company shows public proof that less than 5% of the accounts on the platform are fake or spam. Musk made the comment in a reply to another user on Twitter early Tuesday.

Walmart profit dragged as inflation takes a bite

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported stronger sales for the first quarter, but its profit took a beating as the nation’s largest retailer grappled with surging inflation on food and fuel and higher costs from a snarled global supply chain.

Home Depot overcomes slow start to year, rising home prices

Home Depot’s fiscal first-quarter sales improved even as the chain faced a slower start to spring, and it raised its full-year guidance. The home improvement company’s revenue increased about 4% to $38.91 billion.

Wall Street heads higher Tuesday as retailers report results

Wall Street was heading toward a strong open on Tuesday as investors took in another batch of earnings from retailers that could reveal how persistent inflation is impacting consumer spending.

McDonald's to sell its Russian business, try to keep workers

McDonald’s says it's started the process of selling its Russian business, which includes 850 restaurants that employ 62,000 people. The fast food giant pointed to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, saying holding on to its business in Russia “is no longer tenable, nor is it consistent with McDonald’s values.”
Sports

Peralta dominates for 7 innings, Brewers 2-hit Braves 1-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddy Peralta dominated over seven innings, Hunter Renfroe scored on a wild pitch and the Milwaukee Brewers two-hit the Atlanta Braves 1-0.

Braves lose power at supposedly haunted Milwaukee hotel

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Atlanta Braves woke up to an extended power outage at their hotel in downtown Milwaukee on Monday that also left some without running water. Some players were unable to shower at the Pfister Hotel, which is already infamous among ballplayers for allegedly being haunted.

Kim's tie-breaking double helps Padres beat Braves 7-3 in 11

ATLANTA (AP) — Ha-Seong Kim had a run-scoring double to give San Diego the lead in a four-run 11th inning and the Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3.

No hits, no prob: Bucs win with 0 hits, top Greene, Reds 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reds starter Hunter Greene and reliever Art Warren combined to allow zero hits in a complete game, but it didn’t count as a no-hitter — or even a win — because the Pittsburgh Pirates eked out a run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 1-0 win.