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TEXAS BAPTIST MEN continues to aid millions of refugees forced from their homes by floodwaters in Mozambique, even though the Texans returned home last week. Baptist volunteers provide clean drinking water, ironically a scarce commodity in the soaked country. Rex Campbell of Dallas (right) and Dale Duncan of Spruce Pine, N.C., test water purified in a Texas Baptist Men-built system.(Photos by Grace Robinette). Full story


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Child abuse hitting
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___By Scott Collins
___Buckner News Service
___While prevention and intervention programs are taking hold, experts say Texas and other states face an uphill battle against child abuse. To that end, Buckner Children and Family Services and other non-profit organizations have joined the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, the Children's Trust Fund of Texas and Prevent Child Abuse Texas to promote April as Children Abuse Prevention Month.
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Women carrying big load at church
___By Mark Wingfield
___Managing Editor
___VENTURA, Calif. (ABP)--Men may fill the dominant leadership positions in the church, but women are the ones who keep the church running, according to a new nationwide study by the Barna Research Group.
___While only 5 percent of the nation's Christian churches are led by female pastors, women are significantly more likely than men to hold other leadership roles in the church, the study found.

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Supreme court hears Texas
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___By Kenny Byrd
___Baptist Joint Committee
___WASHINGTON--Supreme Court justices struggled March 29 with whether students should be allowed to lead stadium prayers at public high school football games. The case involves the Santa Fe Independent School District in South Texas.
___The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 1995 graduation prayers are permissible only if they are non-sectarian and non-proselytizing. But that court said the policy cannot be extended to football games, even if the prayers involved are non-sectarian and non-proselytizing.
___The high court will issue a ruling before the end of its session in June.

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