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Illinois Baptist We're always on Get news and commentary online. See page 3 for addresses. Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Be ready for conflict Because you know it's coming. Sylvan Knobloch P. 16 Iran frees U.S. pastor Abedini released after 1,208 days in prison JANUARY 25, 2016 Vol. 110 No. 02 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Germany Saeed Abedini was re- leased last week after more than three years in an Iranian prison. The pas- tor from Idaho planned a reunion in the U.S. with his wife, Naghmeh, and their chil- dren after a debriefing and medical assessment at a U.S. Air Force Base in Germany. His freedom, part of a prisoner exchange with Iran following that nation's nuclear disarmament agree- ment with the U.S. was announced January 16. We are ready to welcome him home," Naghmeh said in a January 17 interview with FOX News, noting that the couple's young children were making welcome home signs. Evangelical support is divided going into presidential primaries. P. 7 COOPERATIVE PROGRAM Giving up 1.5% in Illinois Annual Report Section B MISSIONS WMU replacement called 'pivotal' P. 4 REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK Is Powerball our national disgrace'? Eric Reed P. 6 P. 3 Massive Cleanup Disaster Relief volunteers on scene in two states P. 11 in focus world NEWS Split Ticket

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