Baptists in Iran

Surprises greet delegation to Iran

A lot of things surprised McAfee School of Theology’s Robert Nash during an academic delegation to Tehran.

Africa child labor

Millions of African children at risk of labor exploitation

Baptist Global Response and the SBC International Mission Board are part of a growing movement to guard millions of children in Africa who are at risk of being forced into the sex industry, other slave-like working conditions or forcibly recruited as armed soldiers.

Religious restrictions

More than 5 billion face harsh religious freedom restrictions

Global religious hostilities reached a six-year high in 2012 and affected more people than government curbs on religious freedom, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest report on religious restrictions around the world.

Libyan Christians

Libyan Christians cast anxious eye at religious freedom

Church leaders in Libya remain hopeful Christians in the mostly Muslim country will be allowed to practice their faith, even as the country appears to be moving toward Shariah law.

Buckner Peru

Vote protects foster care in Peru

In a unanimous vote, the Peruvian Congress passed a law that integrates foster care into the nation’s legal code.

UNHRC restrict religious freedom

Report: 8 countries on UN Human Rights Council restrict religious freedom

Eight of the 47 countries that hold seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council imprisoned people in 2013 under laws that restrict religious freedom.

Syrian refugees

Syrian family describes life as refugees

The influx of about a half-million Syrian refugees into Jordan has become a massive humanitarian crisis with very personal consequences for those involved.

Zimbabwe Baptists

Zimbabwe Baptist seminary head wins labor appeal

A judge has ruled a Baptist seminary in Zimbabwe acted improperly in the 2011 firing of its top administrator who resisted orders to lead the school in accordance with the Baptist Faith & Message statement adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000.

Uzbekistan Baptists

Baptists in Uzbekistan lose camp

A court in Uzbekistan ordered confiscation of property purchased 13 years ago by Uzbekistan’s Baptist Union for use as a summer camp.

Kazakhstan pastor

Pastor in Central Asia faces year in prison

A Baptist pastor in Kazakhstan faces up to a year in prison after refusing to pay a fine equivalent to about two months’ average salary for conducting worship without government permission, the international news service Forum 18 reported.

Kenya peace mission

Baptists join peacemaking initiative in Kenya

A Texas Baptist minister on faculty at a Catholic university in San Antonio recently participated in an international peacemaking initiative in western Kenya.

Lebanon Syria aid

Lebanese partnerships helping Syrian refugees

Spiritual revival is taking place in the midst of the Syrian crisis, a Lebanese Baptist leader recently told missions partners at the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Church burned in Egypt

Baptist church torched in Egypt

A Baptist church is among at least 18 reportedly torched by Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Rana Plaza factory disaster

Do Americans really care how their clothes are made?

The Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 workers powerfully illustrated a grim reality: garment workers in Third World countries take enormous risks to earn a living producing clothing for Western retailers.

German homeschoolers

German home-schooling family loses U.S. asylum bid

A German family seeking asylum in the United States so they can home-school their children lost their appeal in federal court, but their lawyers say they’re prepared to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.

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