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Group’s 2011 hunger report praises new federal program

Bread for the WorldIn the latest edition of its annual report on global food insecurity, a Christian anti-hunger group praised efforts by President Obama’s administration to battle world hunger but warned that cutting food aid due to budget concerns would be short-sighted.

Baptist church in Burma ordered to halt worship services

A local government in Myanmar ordered a Baptist church to cease worship services after the pastor refused to wear an election campaign T-shirt supporting the country's ruling military junta, Compass Direct News reported Nov. 18.

U.S. opposes U.N. ban on defamation of religion

The United States continues to oppose a proposed ban on defamation of religion currently before the United Nations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Nov. 17.

Iraqi Baptist pastor says Baghdad's Christians living in fear

A Baptist pastor in Baghdad told a European Baptist leader that Christians there are living in fear following an Oct. 31 attack on a Catholic church in Iraq's capital that left more than 50 dead.

Baptist missionaries fight cholera outbreak in Haiti

Haiti choleraA medical missionary couple in Haiti jointly appointed by American Baptists and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship says it has not yet treated any cholera cases but is focusing on community education and prevention to halt spread of the earthquake-devastated island's first cholera epidemic in a century.

Judge upholds fines against Baptists in Uzbekistan

A judge in Uzbekistan refused Oct. 14 to overturn fines against five Baptists convicted of illegal worship, an international news service that specializes in religious freedom coverage reported Oct. 26.

Fire destroys Ukraine church, but concert goes on

A Ukrainian church where the Singing Men of North Central Texas group was scheduled to perform a concert burned to the ground, but the Texas Baptist church musicians rented a concert hall for two performances.

Global Christians protest China travel ban to Lausanne conference

On the eve of a global Christian conference set to begin Oct. 16, Christian groups in the United States and elsewhere are protesting the Chinese government’s decision to bar as many as 200 would-be participants from attending.

Baptist campaigns for Congo crimes justice

A Congolese-British Baptist who escaped death by firing squad in her home country three years ago is once again confronting the authorities to speak out against horrific human-rights abuses.

BRIC nations may help clarify direction of global Christian growth

Philip JenkinsFour emerging economic powerhouses popularly known as BRIC—Brazil, Russia, India and China—may provide building blocks for understanding developments in 21st century global Christianity, missions expert Philip Jenkins told a Baylor University symposium.

Baptists give money for flood relief in Pakistan

Baptist groups in North America and Europe are donating money to assist flood victims in Pakistan.

Exiled pastor returns from ministry in Gaza

The exiled pastor of Gaza Baptist Church began teaching Aug. 16 at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary following a three-week visit to his homeland to preach, teach and distribute food and medicine to the poor.

Baptists respond to massive Pakistan flooding

Baptists around the globe are responding to the floods that have afflicted Pakistan for two weeks, sending money and resources in the aftermath of what could become the nation’s biggest natural disaster in modern times. Video Included

Christian aid group wants to stay in Afghanistan despite killings

The International Assistance Mission has rejected Taliban claims that 10 staffers from the Christian aid agency who were killed in Afghanistan had been trying to convert Muslims.

Uzbekistan cracks down on unregistered Baptists

Authorities in Uzbekistan continue to repress worship in unregistered churches, according to a new report by an international news service that monitors religious freedom.
 
 
 
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