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Does Everything Really Happen for a Reason?
Does Everything Really Happen for a Reason?

By: Molly T. Marshall
The Bible teaches that suffering is instructive. However, it does not suggest that that there is divine purpose behind every natural cataclysm. Horrific events are part of a groaning, unfinished creation.

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Half of School-Aged Refugees Received No Education in 2016
Half of School-Aged Refugees Received No Education in 2016

By: Zach Dawes
More than half of the 6.4 million school-aged refugees did not attend school in 2016, a U.N. report says. As school-aged refugees increase by 600,000 annually, some faith groups are addressing the need.

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Internally Displaced Persons 'Left Behind' by Aid Efforts
Internally Displaced Persons 'Left Behind' by Aid Efforts

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While humanitarian aid is vital to the 40 million internally displaced persons residing in 50 nations, it must be paired with initiatives to help people restart their lives in a new community or to return home and rebuild.

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Police Use Brute Force to Block Food for Refugees
Police Use Brute Force to Block Food for Refugees

By: Simon Jones
Volunteers showed up to feed about 100 refugees near the site of the former Calais refugee camp in France. But paramilitary police stood between the two groups, ready to use brute force to ensure no one is fed.

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Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle
Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle

By: Simon Jones
The Calais Jungle, a makeshift camp in northern France where refugees awaited passage to the United Kingdom, may have been wiped away by authorities, but the people didn't disappear.

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South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children
South Sudan Conflict Displaces Millions of Children

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Millions of children have fled their homes, either living as refugees or internally displaced as a result of South Sudan's ongoing civil war. And Baptists are ministering to these growing numbers.

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South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration
South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations' Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan, noting government complicity in the crises plaguing the African nation.

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WMU Foundation Aids Hattiesburg Tornado Victims
WMU Foundation Aids Hattiesburg Tornado Victims

By: Janis Ezell
Following storms that ripped through the southeastern U.S., missionaries' children and international students at William Carey University in Mississippi received help from the Woman's Missionary Union.

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Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 2
Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 2

By: Rupen Das
Although the Syrian crisis is a seminal moment in history, rays of hope exist amid what seems a very discouraging scenario. For the first time in a long while, local churches are serving as major humanitarian actors.

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Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 1
Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 1

By: Rupen Das
Certain horrific events force the international community to take stock. The Biafran crisis was one; the Rwandan genocide another. With Syria's crisis, we face another time when we must assess our collective failure.

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Diverse Audience Views, Orders, Praises
Diverse Audience Views, Orders, Praises "The Disturbances"

By; EthicsDaily Staff
"The Disturbances" has been screened in a diverse group of churches and educational institutions since its September 2016 release. More screenings are planned for 2017.

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Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones
Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With tens of millions of displaced children in need of education, churches and faith-based organizations in Lebanon have ministered to the needs of displaced persons since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

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Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For
Song Reminds Us What We Should Be Thankful For

By: Zach Dawes
A new song titled "What I'm Thankful For" - a duet performed by Garth Brooks and James Taylor - offers a needed reminder that the Christmas season is about much more than "making a list and checking it twice."

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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2

By: Suzie Lahoud
The tendency for selfish nationalistic policy and shifting blame toward the other is not a Lebanese problem. It is a human problem. We lack a moral and social imagination that can envision the needs of the other.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1

By: Suzie Lahoud
While the flood of Syrian refugees has taken its toll on Lebanon, it is unjust for some to place the blame for the nation's problems on the shoulders of Syrian refugees. Christians must demask this scapegoating.

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When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters
When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters

By: Simon Jones
When the French government closed the refugee camp in Calais, the lives of 2,000 people, many of them children, were disrupted. Neither the French nor British government had a plan to deal with the aftermath.

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Witnessing the Last Gasp of French Refugee Camp
Witnessing the Last Gasp of French Refugee Camp

By: Simon Jones
It's mid-afternoon at the refugee camp in Calais, France. An autumn sun warms the air and the show is about to begin. A government spokesperson explains to the press that this is not a destruction, but a cleansing.

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Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right
Security Issues May Increase on Church's Agenda if Pentagon Is Right

By: Robert Parham
A Pentagon video warns that mega-cities will break down into urban chaos by 2030. If the video's accurate, how will churches engage such a society?

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European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
Baptists in Europe and the Middle East who are involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an "incredible spiritual harvest," says a member of the European Baptist Federation.

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South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims
South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 50,000 people have died in South Sudan's 3-year-old civil war as both sides increasingly rely on recruiting children to fight. An estimated 16,000 children have been recruited in the conflict.

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When You Are Your Sister's Keeper
When You Are Your Sister's Keeper

By: Lynne Hybels
Three-fourths of the civilian casualties of war are women and children. When you open your mind and heart to God and the world, you realize that you are your sister's keeper. And they are all your sisters.

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Faith Groups Aid Flood Victims, Stress Long-Term Recovery
Faith Groups Aid Flood Victims, Stress Long-Term Recovery

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Faith groups are providing immediate aid to Louisiana flood victims while emphasizing the region's long-term recovery. The flood killed 13, damaged 61,000 homes and caused more than 100,000 to seek federal relief.

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Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace
Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace

By: EthicsDaily Staff
South Sudan found itself on the brink of civil war July 7 when fighting broke out in its capital city. Thousands fled their homes.

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Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists
Video Interviews Highlight Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As Baptists from 50 nations gathered in Canada last week for the Baptists World Alliance annual gathering, EthicsDaily.com shot video interviews with Baptist leaders from around the globe.

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Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model
Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists face a growing debate over how Baptist relief and development agencies could most effectively collaborate. The issue likely will be a focal point during the BWA annual gathering.

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Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies
Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist Church in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, is struggling to find sufficient supplies to help the more than 200 internally displaced persons it is hosting.

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Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?
Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?

By: Tony Peck
At a European Baptist Federation conference, Baptists were challenged to change their language about the arrival of thousands of refugees to Europe, viewing it not as a crisis but a blessing.

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Conflict, Lack of Rain Increase Food Insecurity in South Sudan
Conflict, Lack of Rain Increase Food Insecurity in South Sudan

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly half the people of South Sudan (49 percent) are food insecure, meaning they are unsure where their next meals will come from. The record level of food insecurity is an 11 percent increase from 2014.

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UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees
UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees

By: Baptist Union of Great Britain
As the French government demolishes homes in a makeshift refugee camp, where migrants hope to cross the English Channel into Britain, Baptists in the United Kingdom urge their government to ensure protection.

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7 Lessons When Storms Devastate Our Communities
7 Lessons When Storms Devastate Our Communities

By: Barry Howard
Destructive storms disrupt and uproot communities, often causing massive damages and casualties. However, we can learn valuable lessons to rebuild after the storms pass. Here are seven.

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Supporting Humanitarian Intervention in Face of War Crimes
Supporting Humanitarian Intervention in Face of War Crimes

By: Steve Hucklesby
Whether to intervene with military force to prevent war crimes often requires a judgment regarding the lesser of two evils. What role can the church play to resolve violent conflict and build peace?

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Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar
Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar

By: Joe Nicholson
The Karen Baptist Convention, a network of Baptist churches in Myanmar, is reaching some of the nation's most vulnerable people and helping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Fleeing Refugees Bring Mission Field to Croatia
Fleeing Refugees Bring Mission Field to Croatia

By: Nada Jović
For months, refugees fleeing their war-torn countries have arrived in Croatia. They are the victims of conflict and persecution. When the mission field comes to you, how will you respond?

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U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits
U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits

By: EthicsDaily Staff
There's a lack of knowledge about the U.S. refugee resettlement process. And that inspired a panel discussion at a national mayors' gathering.

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Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies
Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Restrictive European Union policies have exacerbated the global migrant-refugee crisis, making migration an increasingly perilous and dangerous endeavor, a Doctors Without Borders report says.

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Croatian Baptist Aid Volunteers United by Purpose
Croatian Baptist Aid Volunteers United by Purpose

By: Elvis Džafić
More than a half-million migrants and refugees have entered the Republic of Croatia. With winter settling over the camps, volunteers with Croatia Baptist Aid race to meet the enormous humanitarian needs.

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Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians
Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

By: Ferrell Foster
Others may turn away from the suffering of refugees, but followers of Jesus can't afford such apathy. By caring for those who suffer, we're caring for Him. Jesus is a refugee, and he needs us.

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Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'
Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'

By: Paul Hobson
Some 4,000 people, many of them women and children, languish in a refugee camp on France's northern coast. The threat of violence is high, a British Baptist pastor said. "They need some form of justice."

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Why Christian Missions Can't Slack on Follow-Ups
Why Christian Missions Can't Slack on Follow-Ups

By: Don Sewell
Christians have an ethical responsibility to follow up by providing the results of a missional project in an honest fashion. Here's how one group, Baylor Scott & White Health, kept folks informed.

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During Global Crises, Faith Groups are Unsung Heroes
During Global Crises, Faith Groups are Unsung Heroes

By: Zach Dawes
Day after day, global crises fill news headlines. While their efforts rarely make those headlines, global faith communities from all traditions make significant contributions to relief efforts

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The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week
The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week

By: Robert Parham
Baptist missionaries saving Nigerian lives in the '60s. Interfaith leaders support an end to world hunger. The pope visits the U.S. These are some of our better angels that surfaced last week.

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Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis
Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Immediate steps are vital to address the mass movement of people, most of them refugees, across Europe. However, without addressing the crisis' underlying causes, the refugee population will continue to expand.

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British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants
British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants

By: Paul Hobson
British volunteers, including two Baptist ministers and several young Baptist church members, visited a migrant camp in a French coastal city where thousands hope to make it to Britain's shores.

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Stopping Terrorist Recruitment of Stranded Minority
Stopping Terrorist Recruitment of Stranded Minority

By: Joe LaGuardia
The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minority groups in the world. A reported 6,000 are stranded at sea, and they're prime candidates for terrorist recruitment.

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Humanitarian Aid Efforts Often Overlook Migrants in Crisis
Humanitarian Aid Efforts Often Overlook Migrants in Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants in crisis situations face unique challenges because they are living outside of their country of origin and lack the family and community support they might otherwise have had.

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4 Ways Churches Meet Syrian Refugees' Spiritual Needs
4 Ways Churches Meet Syrian Refugees' Spiritual Needs

By: Kathryn Kraft
Not only are Lebanese churches providing Syrian refugees with food, blankets, clothing and education, they are also meeting their spiritual needs. Here are four ways they're doing it.

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What Role Do Faith-Based Groups Play in Humanitarian Aid?
What Role Do Faith-Based Groups Play in Humanitarian Aid?

By: Zach Dawes
Effectively responding to global crises requires greater awareness of religion's influence in shaping people and culture as well as recognition of faith-based organizations' role in providing humanitarian aid.

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Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis
Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants desperate to escape violence and persecution are being exploited by smugglers and traffickers. Although government action has been anemic, the faith community must point to a better path.

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Don't Blame God for Natural Disasters' Death Tolls
Don't Blame God for Natural Disasters' Death Tolls

By: Vinoth Ramachandra
When earthquakes and other natural disasters strike poor nations, some blame the high death tolls on the fall of man. The blame falls to corruption and incompetence that fails to protect the poor.

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Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'
Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'

By: Paul Hobson
The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year last weekend. More than 200,000 people have been killed inside Syria; half of the population has been forced to leave their homes.

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Remembering a Baptist Missionary as Heroic Humanitarian in War
Remembering a Baptist Missionary as Heroic Humanitarian in War

By: Robert Parham
Bryant Durham was one of at least 12 Southern Baptist missionaries in eastern Nigeria after that region declared independence in 1966. His dissertation chronicles the Christian relief effort during the genocide.

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Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell
Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell

By: Robert Parham
Representing how a number of goodwill Baptists have responded to the swelling refugee crises and the devastating disease of Ebola, Don Sewell is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2014.

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Texas Baptists Ship Meals to Ebola-Stricken Liberia
Texas Baptists Ship Meals to Ebola-Stricken Liberia
By: Leah Allen
Though media flood us with news about West Africa's Ebola crisis, there have been few reports about starvation in the wake of the virus. Texas Baptists are doing their part to help.
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A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees
A Lesson from Ruth on Welcoming Refugees

By: Elijah Brown
As the Old Testament's Ruth shows us, people of faith should be among the first who follow the biblical narrative's call to welcome the refugees and displaced within our communities.

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Ministry Helps Syrian Children Continue Education
Ministry Helps Syrian Children Continue Education
By: Chris Hall
More than 30 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are able to continue their education because of the efforts of a BMS World Mission worker and a Baptist church in Beirut.
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Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter
Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter
By: Suzie Schenkel
Syrian refugee families face another season of relentless rain and freezing temps. The Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development is providing blankets, mattresses and stoves to help.
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Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
By: Robert Parham
Syrian refugees present humanitarian, economic challenges to Lebanon.  The challenge presented to Lebanese churches is unrecognized.
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Providing Aid as Christian Witness: Manipulation or Act of Mercy?
Providing Aid as Christian Witness: Manipulation or Act of Mercy?
By: Rupen Das
Too often we presume that the only method of Christian witness is verbal proclamation. In the Middle East, however, acts of unconditional love and compassion are powerful communicators. 
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How No New Clothes Will Help Me Support Syrian Refugees
How No New Clothes Will Help Me Support Syrian Refugees
By: Lynne Hybels
Not buying new clothes for a year helped me support people affected by the civil war in the Congo and will now help me support Syrian refugees. What can you do to help you support a crucial human need?
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BWA: Urgent Help Needed for Displaced Syrians
BWA: Urgent Help Needed for Displaced Syrians
The Baptist World Alliance is urging Baptist organizations, churches and individuals to make generous contributions to help displaced Syrians affected by the nation's civil war.
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Humanitarian Aid as a Weapon of War in Syria
Humanitarian Aid as a Weapon of War in Syria
Humanitarian aid should be unconditional, without manipulation for religious or political purpose. That's not the case in Syria. And the global church has been silent and disengaged.
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