Baptists in Azerbaijan warned not to meet without state approval

Police in Azerbaijan raided a Baptist church in the port city of Sumgait, and a judge warned the congregation’s leader he would be fined for a second offense of meeting for worship without state permission, according to Forum 18, a news service that tracks abuses of religious freedom.

Refugees at Myanmar-Thai border joyful despite persecution

Myanmar refugeesBlooming Night is a Myanmar refugee living just across the Thai border who has spent most of her 50-something years hiding in the jungle. But when she isn’t in actual hiding, she is bringing relief to her people — the  Karen — through physical supplies and through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Religious freedom envoy condemns religious intolerance

The Obama administration's new envoy for international religious freedom told a U.N. commission that government, political, religious and business leaders must stand ready to condemn hateful ideology.

WMU of India partners with Virginia WMU to address poverty and injustice

Woman’s Missionary Union of India has just launched a new web site, thanks to a collaboration with its counterpart in Virginia.The new site -- at -- is the latest joint endeavor in a year-old partnership between the WMUs of Virginia and India.


Broadcasting ministry celebrates 15 years of broadcasting in the Arab world

EASTON, Md. (ABP) – While many are celebrating pro-democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa known collectively as Arab Spring, a Christian broadcasting ministry celebrates 15 years of wholesome family programming.

Redemptive aid demands ‘kingdom collaboration,’ Buckner chief says

Albert ReyesChrist-centered agencies can serve as instruments of community transformation, but their effectiveness depends on collaboration, the president of Buckner International told a national conference focused on world hunger.


American Christians urged to see Jesus in the poor and hungry

The church in the United States dare not ignore its mandate to seek justice for the world’s poor and hungry, Henry Williamson Sr., bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Texas, told a world hunger conference.

Justice goes beyond charity, scholar tells conference at DBU

Nicholas WolterstorffChrist’s parable of the judgment of sheep and goats as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel deals more with justice than charity, said Nicholas Wolterstorff, professor emeritus of philosophical theology at Yale University.


Texas Baptist disaster response team scheduled to go to Japan

Two veteran Texas Baptist Men disaster relief volunteers, a Japanese Dallas pastor and a videographer are slated to leave for Japan March 24 to assist the disaster response effort there and look for places where Texas Baptists can serve.


Missionaries grapple with leaving Japan

Across Japan and back home in the United States, missions leaders are grappling with whether personnel should stay put or move away, either to other parts of Japan or out of the country entirely. The Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board moved its representatives in eastern Japan to a region southwest of Tokyo.

Rescue workers, Japanese Baptists describe dire situation

BWAidA Baptist World Aid disaster response team who visited Sendai, Japan, described the challenge of getting food for people who had evacuated their homes in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami and the threat of nuclear radiation as "almost Mission Impossible."


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.
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