U.S. speedskater Maame Biney has a smile that can light up any room, a giggle that has charmed Olympic audiences and a joy her coaches say has carried her far in her athletic career at such a young age. But Biney said that smile “doesn’t mean my life is perfect.”
By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
Setbacks—and the death of her father—may have challenged Katie Uhlaender’s Christian faith, but they did not shake it loose.
After overcoming a life-threatening illness two years ago, Olympic pairs figure skater Alexa Scimeca Knierim had to relearn how to skate. For a time, she lost faith in herself, but she grew in her Christian faith.
Although Noah Welch thought a season-ending injury had derailed his career, in reality it proved to be the beginning of new life in Christ that has allowed him to see hockey in proper perspective.
By Tim Ellsworth / Baptist Press
At a competition, Olympian Kelly Clark heard someone tell a young female competitor who wiped out: “It’s all right. God still loves you.” That sent her back to her hotel room in search of a Bible.
By Kimberly Winston / Religion News Service
Vice President Mike Pence announced the U.S. embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2019.
By Jane Onyanga-Omara / USA Today
Christian evangelist Luis Palau, who has preached across the globe for five decades, says he has late-stage lung cancer.
By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
The Baptist World Alliance joined other Christian groups in protesting a new law in Bolivia that could make proselytizing illegal and put those who do it at risk of prosecution and imprisonment.
By Eron Henry / Baptist World Alliance
North Korea tops the list of 50 countries ranked for the worst persecution of Christians in the world, according to the Christian watchdog organization Open Doors USA.
U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital could escalate simmering tensions between Middle Eastern Christians—especially those living in the occupied Palestinian territories—and American evangelicals.
By Jack Jenkins / Religion News Service
The U.S. Department of State released its annual list of countries guilty of religious freedom violations, naming 10 nations as Countries of Particular Concern and placing Pakistan on a special watch list.
By Ken Camp / Managing Editor
Amro Hamroush, head of the Egyptian Parliament’s committee on religion, proposed legislation Dec. 24 that would make it illegal to profess no belief in God.