How reliable is the Baptist Press? Anyone can make up such a story ESPECIALLY when connected to a pray organization therefore claiming to need that money to help the people in said oppressive country (translate pastor needs new cadillac).
These stories are more believable if the "church's" website has a link to a real press source. Say "Washington (BP)" like this source does tells me they think they are as reliable and such as the Associated Press.
And the writer of this "news story" is a writer himself as it says so at the end of the so-called "news story."