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Baptists sending humanitarian aid to Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan mapBaptists have begun sending aid to Kyrgyzstan, home of a growing humanitarian crisis stemming from violence fueled by ethnic intolerance that has killed hundreds and driven hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks from their homes since June 10.

Religious liberty in China improving, still room for progress

Bao JiayuanReligious liberty in China is expanding, and the Chinese Christian community is growing, but American observers continue to hope for more progress.

Arab Christians in Israel reach out to Haiti

When a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti in mid-January, Arab Christians in Israel reached across the world to offer help and hope. In spite of the challenges they faced themselves, the churches collected $3,500 for Haiti relief through Baptist Global Response.

Global Baptists ministering at World Cup soccer tourney

For most of the globe outside the United States, it’s like the Super Bowl plus the NCAA Basketball Tournament plus the World Series plus the Olympics, all in one event. And Baptists in South Africa and elsewhere are prepared for ministry opportunities surrounding the FIFA World Cup. Video Included

CBF, Haitian Baptists sign three-year agreement for earthquake recovery

As part of its ongoing earthquake response efforts in Haiti, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has signed a memorandum of understanding -- representing an official partnership -- with the Convention Baptiste d’Haiti.

Independent panel criticizes Obama, Bush, Clinton on religious freedom

A bipartisan federal panel charged with monitoring religious-freedom questions worldwide has blasted current and past administrations -- Republican and Democratic alike -- for under-emphasizing religious liberty in foreign policy.

No announced suspension of Russian adoptions, Buckner says

Officials with Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services say they have not received any official notification about the suspension of adoptions from the Russian Ministry of Education, the arm of the government that oversees international adoptions.

Russia adoption controversy hasn’t affected ‘Angels’ hosting program

Buckner AngelsOfficials at Buckner International say the recent political furor over a news report about a mother who sent her adopted son back to Russia on a one-way flight has not affected the group’s “Angels from Abroad” orphan hosting program scheduled for this summer. The story has generated threats from Russian foreign ministry officials to suspend adoptions from the country.

China’s religious head says house churches must register

The Chinese government’s new head of religious affairs has downplayed the role of house churches during his first official visit to Hong Kong, saying they must be registered with the government for their own protection.

Last Baptist worker held in Haiti faces new charge

The last of 10 Americans held in Haiti on suspicion of kidnapping now faces a new charge stemming from an earlier alleged attempt to bus child earthquake victims to the Dominican Republic three days before the 10 Baptist church-group volunteers were arrested at the border Jan. 29.

Legal expert says remaining Baptist jailed in Haiti likely to be set free

Unless new charges are filed against her, the last of 10 Southern Baptist mission volunteers jailed in Haiti on suspicion of child kidnapping will have to be released, according to an expert on Haiti's legal system.
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