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Praise: Urbana 03 Drew 19,000 Students Interested in Missions-Mission agencies are seeing a bumper crop of college students eager to get to the mission field. SIM's Terrell Nelson said the students he met at InterVarsity Christian Fellowships Urbana 03 in Illinois were a diverse group. Some were just exploring the opportunities of the mission field and others were searching for full-time mission work. Nelson gave two workshops while at Urbana, speaking about things prospective missionaries need to know before they decide to get involved in missions. "I found that these were very appropriate for some because they actually want to know, What are the steps, how do I get from here to a cross-cultural ministry overseas that God has prepared for me?"

Mission Network News

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Praise: Christian Debaters Forfeit Rather Than Defend Partial-Birth Abortion-Four California Baptist University students chose to forfeit the chance to win a debate tournament rather than argue that the Supreme Court should reverse a ban on partial-birth abortion. "We wanted them [the judges] to know firmly that we did not believe in partial-birth abortion," said Mary Pryfogle, 20, captain of  the team. "We are Christians first and debaters second," said team member Wendeth Matyas, 26. "This is a ministry for us. I'm proud that our coach [Mike Marsh] supported our decision on this." Several members of other debate teams and one of the judges congratulated the CBU students for their stance.

Baptist Press

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Pray: Laotian Village Chief Says Its Okay to Shoot at Christians-According to a report received by Christian Aid, six women and children arrived in the city of Pakse in southern Laos recently after being threatened in their home village in Attapue Province because of their Christian faith. The village chiefs reportedly fined the Christians 150,000 kips (US$20-about a month's wage) for believing in Christ and demanded they renounce their Christian faith. If they did so, they could still remain in their village. Those who did not renounce their faith could be shot at. Two families decided to leave, having endured the fire of persecution for many months. Their flight followed on the heels of raids on Christians in at least four other places in Attapue Province in late December. Their only "crime" was believing on and worshiping Christ. Bibles were also confiscated during the arrests.

Christian Aid via MissionNet

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Praise: Asian Women Carry Gospel to Illegal Chinese Immigrants in U.S.- A team of Asian women is taking God's love to illegal Chinese immigrants in one of the toughest areas of the U.S. They evangelize day and night in the streets and back alleys of New York City, bringing hope to workers who put in up to 75 hours a week for meager wages. Vicky Liew, 37, who serves with evangelist Bill Wilson's Metro Ministries in Brooklyn, encounters spiritual darkness daily in this underground community. When she first arrived in New York City from Malaysia in 1999, she cried when she saw the needs of Chinese immigrants. "I felt like it's so hopeless because they don't know God," Liew said. Thousands of illegal immigrants from China toil long hours in sweatshops and restaurants. Many are virtual captives, working off impossible debts. Sunday schools operated by Metro Ministries in Chinatown attract 900 to 1,000 children weekly and result in more than 2,000 conversions to Christ annually. Ministry workers follow up new converts and help them become part of local churches. The young women visit homes to share the gospel, pray with them, and distribute food boxes.

Charisma News Service via MissionNet

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