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A Prayer for China: Olympics bring back memories for Britt Towery

The Olympic Games are bringing back China memories for former missionary Britt Towery. Most of the memories are good, but some are not. (Baptist Press Photo)

BWA council urges justice for immigrants & refugees

The Baptist World Alliance General Council meeting in Prague approved a resolution declaring solidarity with immigrants, refugees and internally displaced people.

Olympic torch ventures to China’s last frontier

Despite a tightly stage-managed Olympic torch relay and sometimes onerous pre-Games security precautions, Chinese residents say they're proud of their country's  hosting  of the 2008 Olympics.

China pastor & wife forced from home, living on streets

A leader among China’s unregistered house churches and his wife have been forced from their home and hounded from shelter to shelter by Chinese authorities since July 6, according to the human rights group China Aid Association.

Maybe Indiana Jones should have looked in Ethiopia

The fabled Ark of the Covenant has become not only an icon of modern culture, thanks mainly to Indiana Jones, but also the most revered religious relic of all time. In Ethiopia, people believe it rests in the Chapel of the Tablet in Axum, a northern town just a few miles from the troubled border with Eritrea.

Prosecutor asks international court to charge al-Bashir with genocide

In what would become the world’s first prosecution of a sitting head of state for crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court’s head prosecutor is asking that Sudan’s leader be charged with genocide.

In run-up to Beijing Olympics, China increasing persecution of Christians

olympic logoWhile China appears to be making some religious-liberty concessions on the eve of the Olympics, critics in the United States say Chinese persecution of Christians in the country is on the rise.

Baptist pastor arrested in Azerbaijan

A Baptist pastor in Aliabad, Azerbaijan, was arrested June 20, the Baptist World Alliance reported.

Former ambassador says U.S. lacks political will to tackle food crisis

As world leaders continue wrestling over what to do about the spiraling global food crisis, Tony Hall, former U.S. ambassador for humanitarian issues, says he worries that Americans “have not yet developed the political and spiritual will” to tackle the situation.

Baptists aid displaced migrant workers in South Africa

Baptists in South Africa have come to the aid of refugees displaced by ethnic violence.

Iraq status reportedly divides panel on religious freedom

An independent, nonpartisan federal panel’s failure to issue a recommendation to the State Department about Iraq reportedly is due to political division.

Baptists, other Christians already in China beat limits on foreign help

While China has accepted a very limited number of foreign-aid workers in the wake of the disastrous earthquake that devastated much of Sichuan province, Baptists and other Christians from the United States already were situated to help.
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