Shoes for Orphan Souls collects 2 millionth pair of shoes

Buckner International's Shoes for Orphan Souls ministry has collected its 2 millionth pair of shoes for needy children and families in the United States and around the world.

Former Rwandan Baptist pastor on trial for genocide

PORVOO, Finland (ABP) -- A former Rwandan Baptist pastor accused of genocide in the African country's 1994 massacres is standing trial in Finland.

Jerusalem mayor navigates sacred city’s religious politics

When Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat decided to open a municipal parking lot that had been closed on Saturdays, his office said he simply was being practical. But because ultra-Orthodox Jews consider driving on the Sabbath an abomination,  his decision sparked weeks of protests.

Uzbekistan charges Baptist camp with crimes

 Authorities in Uzbekistan cracked down on Baptists after a government-sponsored news agency ran articles alleging illegal religious activity at a summer camp for children.

Jimmy Carter says religion used to subjugate women

Former President Jimmy Carter has urged religious leaders to repudiate teachings that he says justify cruelty to women.

Jimmy Carter says Palestinians in Gaza treated 'like animals'

Former President Jimmy Carter is calling Israel's 2-year-old blockade of Gaza an atrocity and saying people there are being treated like animals. His remarks came during visits to Syria, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza following the Carter Center's observation of Lebanese elections June 7.

Religious leaders say time running out for Palestinian Christians

Religious leaders warned President Obama that continuing strife between Palestinians and Israelis threatens to wipe out a Christian presence in the Holy Land.

Obama, in speech to world’s Muslims, touts religious freedom, cooperation

In a highly anticipated speech to the world’s Muslims he delivered in Egypt June 4, President Obama called on his host government and other Muslim countries to protect the rights of religious minorities in their midst.

Baptists minister to war victims in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's government has declared victory in its 26-year civil war, but a resulting humanitarian crisis is far from over. BWAid Director Paul Montacute asked Baptists worldwide to support Sri Lankan Baptists in helping those in need by donating to BWAid's Emergency Relief Fund.

Religious freedom panel adds Nigeria to list of world's worst violators

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom added Nigeria to its list of the world's worst violators of religious freedom in an annual report released May 1.

Violence mars Easter in northern Nigeria

Easter Sunday turned violent in two cities in Nigeria's northern state of Niger, when young people presumed to be fundamentalist Muslims burned churches in Gwada, while Christian young people in the state capital of Mina defended a Baptist church from a similar fate.

Police raid Baptist home in Azerbaijan

A Baptist minority in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan continues to face run-ins with police. In the latest, reported by the Baptist World Alliance April 2, charged three Baptists with "illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths."

Evangelical groups protest religion law in Kyrgyz Republic

Evangelical leaders in the Kyrgyz Republic are protesting a new religion law they say significantly restricts religious freedom in the officially secular country.

Wayland researchers team up to provide pure water for Third World

Wayland Baptist University’s School of Math & Sciences is joining forces with the School of Business and Wayland’s Missions Center to put lab work into practical use—providing pure water to people in developing nations.

Russian Baptists denounce smear campaign

Headline reads 'Russian Baptists are for Maslakov!' (RUECB)
Russian Baptists denounced the injection of religion into politics after a bogus newspaper circulated in a mayoral race falsely identified a candidate as a Baptist in an effort to besmirch his character.
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