Texas Baptist disaster response team scheduled to go to Japan

Two veteran Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers, a Japanese Dallas pastor and a videographer are slated to leave for Japan March 24 to assist the disaster response effort there and look for places where Texas Baptists can serve.


Missionaries grapple with leaving Japan

Across Japan and back home in the United States, missions leaders are grappling with whether personnel should stay put or move away, either to other parts of Japan or out of the country entirely. The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board moved its representatives in eastern Japan to a region southwest of Tokyo.

Rescue workers, Japanese Baptists describe dire situation

BWAidA Baptist World Aid disaster response team who visited Sendai, Japan, described the challenge of getting food for people who had evacuated their homes in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami and the threat of nuclear radiation as "almost Mission Impossible."


Nuclear threat complicates Japan relief efforts

Japan reliefThe danger of radiation from damaged nuclear reactors has greatly complicated Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts in Japan, one member of the assessment team reported.

Missionaries in devastated Japan pray for ‘divine wind’

Japan victimHaving endured the damaging winds of a tsunami, Baptist missionaries in Japan now are praying for a low east wind to carry any radioactive emissions away from their country without spreading to other population centers.


Will 3/11 will be Japan's 9/11?

A Japanese Baptist leader predicted the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster would leave its mark on Japan the same way that America was changed after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.



Baptists prepare response to Japan quake, tsunami

Japa QuakeBaptist groups prepared March 11 to meet human needs caused by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that spawned tsunami waves as high as 23 feet in Japan and prompted tsunami warnings in Hawaii and watches as far away as the West Coast of the United States.

To help in Middle East: Encourage U.S. to advocate for values

As the Middle East writhes in birth pains to deliver something yet undefined, a scholar who specializes in faith and global politics says Christians in America should speak boldly on behalf of the values that Arab populations are risking their lives to obtain.

TV jamming in Middle East affects Christian network

A satellite television network for and run by Christians in the Middle East said Feb. 24 that programming thought to have been blocked by Libya has been restored.

India's Supreme Court changes ruling after protest by Christians

India's Supreme Court amended a ruling upholding a life-in-prison sentence for two men convicted of murdering a Baptist missionary and his two young sons 12 years ago by removing language that critics said appeared to condone vigilante violence intended to "teach a lesson" against proselytizing among the nation's tribal poor.

Baptists work for peace, relief amid ethnic violence in India

Baptist leaders called for global prayer for peacemaking efforts and for churches and communities affected by ethnic strife in northeast India.

Project preps international students to transform home countries

The Global Mission Leadership initiative at Baylor University is designed to equip international students who have the desire and leadership potential to affect change at the national level in their home countries.


American Baptist leaders return from study tour in Middle East

A delegation of 12 American Baptist leaders recently returned from a 13-day study tour in the Middle East.

Report details hopeless conditions in Gaza

Gaza MapResidents of Gaza see no hope for a brighter future -- and that's one of the most distressing aspects of the situation in the Middle East, according to an international Christian aid-and-development group’s advocacy officer for the region.

'Vilification of religions' resolution passes U.N. committee

A United Nations committee has adopted a resolution combating the "vilification of religions," but religious freedom advocates who oppose the measure say support for it continues to diminish.
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