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Thoughts On Valentine’s Day, Chocolate And Child Labor

Valentines Day is for lovers, especially lovers of chocolate, but here’s a fact that you may not know – Nearly half of the world’s chocolate is produced in the Ivory Coast of Africa, much of it with child labor.

That’s according to The Brookings Institution’s Molly Curtiss and Jenny Perlman Robinson, who write:

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PUEBLA 2019: Three Amigos At The Well And Pavers Corner Reached

Thursdays in Puebla for the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team are always the last full day we have to complete our week’s work, so it typically becomes the busiest of our time here.

Today was no exception on either our construction work projects or our visitation and evangelism efforts. It was easily the most exciting and productive day of our week. Here’s why:

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PUEBLA 2019: A Beautifully Paved Courtyard Is Taking Shape At Hananeel

Tuesday, day three, at Hananeel Baptist Church in Puebla, Mexico, is a beautiful, bright, comfortably warm day and the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team is making good things happen.

Check out, for example, the progress being made in turning that construction staging area seen in Monday’s post into a beautiful, peaceful courtyard that will become a place of serenity and prayer in the midst of the very busy streets of Puebla.

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Iranian Christians Refuse Judges’ Order To Renounce Christ. What Would You Do?

What if you were marked for persecution?

It’s hard to imagine how any of us would react in the instant of a trial,  but two Iranian followers of Jesus Christ know for themselves, as they reportedly refused two judges’ order to renounce their faith earlier this month.

“Iranian Christians Saheb Fadaie and Fatemeh Bakhteri were asked by presiding judges Hassan Babaee and Ahmad Zargar to renounce their faith, but refused to do so” during a January 15 trial, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

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Scientists From Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, Etc. Sign ‘A Dissent From Darwinism.’ Should Hill Staffers Take Notice?

Evolution is accepted as unquestionable fact throughout the popular culture, mainstream media and academic community, but what if more than 1,000 scientists from Harvard, MIT, Princeton and similarly prestigious institutions from around America and the world say they now reject Darwinism, not on the basis of religion but science?

Well, they have. So now what?

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Five Ways Your Brain Is Different From Your Mind And Why That Matters

Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace gets excited when he talks about the essential connection between human consciousness and the necessary existence of God.

This is a huge problem for atheists because, as Wallace points out, brains and minds aren’t the same thing.

“Is that all we are, material bodies, material beings.” Wallace asks. “The problem is, if atheism is true, we all have brains, but do we really have minds?

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PUEBLA 2019: Our Mission Is Now Completed And We Are Heading Home Tomorrow

Hananeel’s new courtyard received its last paver early this morning as the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission completed its work and then took off for the downtown Plaza.

We have to leave very early in the morning to catch our return flight to Houston, then back to Dulles where a church bus will be waiting to haul our very tired selves back to FBC and home.

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PUEBLA 2019: Hump Day At Hananeel Is Always A Tough One

Remember that GEICO commercial with the camel strolling through the office asking everybody what day it is until a lone exasperated employee finally says the magic words? You know, “Hump Day!”

Wednesday is Hump Day because it’s between two sets of two workdays each. It’s the same for the annual Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) mission team to Hananeel Baptist Church. Continue reading “PUEBLA 2019: Hump Day At Hananeel Is Always A Tough One”