Haitian Baptist leader released unharmed

The Haitian Baptist leader who was kidnapped early Sept. 29 was released unharmed later that day without a ransom payment, the Baptist World Alliance reported Sept. 30.


White House condemns death sentence for Iranian Christian

The White House condemned Sept. 29 the conviction of a pastor sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity in Iran.


Baptist leader in Haiti kidnapped

Emmanuel Pierre, general secretary of the Baptist Convention of Haiti, has been kidnapped. The incident occurred in Cap-Haïtien, the second largest city in Haiti, and where the convention offices are located.


Baptist delegation visits Uzbekistan

The Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation conducted a joint human-rights visit to Uzbekistan Sept. 8-12. The purposes were to promote religious freedom in Uzbekistan and strengthen the relationship between the Baptist Union of Uzbekistan and the larger Baptist family.

Baptists aid Syrian refugees pouring into Lebanon

Thousands of Syrian refugees pouring into Lebanon in recent months are being met with Baptist aid.

Religious restrictions increased for 2 billion, study says

One-third of the world—about 2.2 billion people—live in nations where restrictions on religion have substantially increased, according to a new report.

U.S. Baptists provide funds for drought-ravaged East Africa

Somali refugeeBaptist groups in the United States have sent funds to provide food for drought victims in East Africa.


Baptists in Azerbaijan warned not to meet without state approval

Police in Azerbaijan raided a Baptist church in the port city of Sumgait, and a judge warned the congregation’s leader he would be fined for a second offense of meeting for worship without state permission, according to Forum 18, a news service that tracks abuses of religious freedom.

Refugees at Myanmar-Thai border joyful despite persecution

Myanmar refugeesBlooming Night is a Myanmar refugee living just across the Thai border who has spent most of her 50-something years hiding in the jungle. But when she isn’t in actual hiding, she is bringing relief to her people — the  Karen — through physical supplies and through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Religious freedom envoy condemns religious intolerance

The Obama administration's new envoy for international religious freedom told a U.N. commission that government, political, religious and business leaders must stand ready to condemn hateful ideology.

WMU of India partners with Virginia WMU to address poverty and injustice

Woman’s Missionary Union of India has just launched a new web site, thanks to a collaboration with its counterpart in Virginia.The new site -- at -- is the latest joint endeavor in a year-old partnership between the WMUs of Virginia and India.


Broadcasting ministry celebrates 15 years of broadcasting in the Arab world

EASTON, Md. (ABP) – While many are celebrating pro-democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa known collectively as Arab Spring, a Christian broadcasting ministry celebrates 15 years of wholesome family programming.

Redemptive aid demands ‘kingdom collaboration,’ Buckner chief says

Albert ReyesChrist-centered agencies can serve as instruments of community transformation, but their effectiveness depends on collaboration, the president of Buckner International told a national conference focused on world hunger.


American Christians urged to see Jesus in the poor and hungry

The church in the United States dare not ignore its mandate to seek justice for the world’s poor and hungry, Henry Williamson Sr., bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Texas, told a world hunger conference.

Justice goes beyond charity, scholar tells conference at DBU

Nicholas WolterstorffChrist’s parable of the judgment of sheep and goats as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel deals more with justice than charity, said Nicholas Wolterstorff, professor emeritus of philosophical theology at Yale University.

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