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DISASTER RELIEF Drones High tech tool aids recovery P. 4 THE WORLD Cuba after Castro Is the any new opportunity for the gospel? P. 5 MISSION Limitless' opportunity London demonstrates new model for church planting P. 10 Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 12 'ways' of Christmas Fresh Ideas from Diana Davis P. 13 A Christmas essay P. 7 Peace amid chaos DECEMBER 05, 2016 Vol. 110 No. 17 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Visit our new website IllinoisBaptist.org See page 3 for more addresses. Is that too much to ask? Less than a month after an historic presidential election, Americans on both sides of the aisle are still surprised by the outcome and a long, hostile campaign beforehand. That President-elect Donald Trumps victory was at least partially fueled by support from white evangelical voters has caused more confusion for the church during what was already a highly contentious time for the country. In the days following Trumps victory, Christian leaders encouraged believers to pray for the na- tions new leader, and also counseled them on how to navigate a deeply divided country and culture. Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines put prayer atop a list of 10 things Chris- tians can do after the election. There is nothing wrong and everything right for Christians who live in the United States of America to pray for God to bless our country, Gaines said at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention Nov. 13. The pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., urged Christians to pray for the president, president-elect and others in leadershipwhether or not one agrees with their views. Gaines also urged Christians to prioritize family, work hard, and take care of their finances. Be involved in the local church, he said, minister to the least of these, share Christ, make disciples, and live a holy life. Also politics 2016 A faithful way forward SBC president, leaders urge prayer after election P. 3 GAINES Fre D Natal tranquility - here set against the bustle of the Capitol Rotunda offers a glimmer of hope to all of us exhausted by political upheaval. in focus

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