Gaza Baptist Church, 'functioning' but 'restricted,' says Brother Andrew

The last remaining evangelical church in Gaza is functioning but in danger of dying, famed Bible smuggler Brother Andrew said after a recent visit to Gaza Baptist Church.

Baptist fined in Uzbekistan

The leader of a Baptist church in Uzbekistan was fined 80 times the minimum monthly wage Nov. 21 for holding what authorities considered an illegal religious meeting outside of a registered house of worship.

Chinese government awards Baptist missionary

An American Baptist missionary was the only foreigner among more than 30 recipients of a prestigious charity award granted recently by the government of Jiangsu Province, China.

BWA voices solidarity with Iranian pastor facing death sentence

An international Baptist leader called on Baptists around the world to call on their government leaders to advocate on behalf of an Iranian pastor sentenced to death after refusing to recant his faith.


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.

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