Activity reported on anti-conversion bill in Sri Lanka

Religious freedom advocates worry that an anti-conversion bill making its way through Sri Lanka's Parliament could be used to justify discrimination against the small South Asian country's Christian minority.

Azerbaijani pastor on trial released to house arrest

A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan was released Nov. 6 until Nov. 17, when his trial on what supporters say are bogus charges was scheduled to resume.

CBF provides $10,000 in relief for escalating crisis in Congo

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has given $10,000 to ease the growing humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where increased violence from rebel fighters is killing thousands of civilians and forcing even more to flee to refugee camps and neighboring African countries.

Baptist leaders from Russia, Georgia seek reconciliation

Baptist leaders from Russia and Georgia met recently in Kiev to pursue improved relations between Baptists in the two countries, marred by war earlier this year.

Baptist pastor’s trial begins; Azerbaijanis claim intimidation

A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan, arrested in June on what his defenders say was a trumped-up charge, was scheduled to stand trial beginning Oct. 31.

Congo: New fighting creates latest humanitarian crisis

Escalating violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is creating a "humanitarian crisis of catastrophic dimensions," the head of the United Nations said Oct. 29.

Study: Religious people more generous, helpful–but only with two conditions

Religious people are more helpful and generous than others—but only on two conditions, according to a new study published in the prestigious journal Science.

State Department blasts China for religious freedom violations

n its annual report on international religious freedom, the U.S. State Department admonished several Asian nations, including China, for severely repressing religion.

Wayland senior shares language, God’s love in Thailand

Ryan Bleyenberg's had a call to missions confirmed during a mission trip to Thailand, where he served as an English instructor.


Chaplain offers troops some comforts of home

Book and video library enables chaplain greater access to troops in Afghanistan.

English-speaking international churches seen as 'lighthouses' for all nations

English-language churches planted in non-English-speaking countries have the potential to become “spiritual lighthouses for all the nations.”

Missions in a dangerous world

Most missionaries, both career and short-term volunteers, must deal with ethical dilemmas as they strive to share God’s love.

International worker advises: Avoid deception, but don't show your hand

While deception is not appropriate for mission workers, volunteering information also is not required.

Should missionaries always tell the whole truth?

Christian workers who serve in countries closed to traditional missions outreach should tell the truth—but that doesn’t necessarily mean full disclosure, some Christian ethicists and missiologists insist.

Bethany Ministries meets medical needs in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is in turmoil, and the people who live there face daily uncertainty. Sherrie Bumstead feels called to minister there, and Texans are hearing God’s call to help her answer the cries of Zimbabwe.
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