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.

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.
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